Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Toscana - Mojacar Playa

Venue:- Ristorante Toscana

Location:- Mojacar Playa (paseo del Mediterraneo 219)

Contacts:- Phone 950 472 907

Jeremy Stent 673 160 248

Teddo Peeren 672 828 454


Website:- (under construction but menu available)


We so liked this place that after we had Friday evening dinner we booked for Sunday lunch! The restaurant comes into the fine dining bracket and is set across from the beach one floor up so that you have uninterrupted views of the Med. The chef Jeremy Stent comes with some glowing credentials - The Ivy and Shepherds in London and the Royal Mirage Dubai. The menu has a fine choice of starters, pastas, pizzas fish and meats with a nice range of desserts. Seating is mostly inside with large patio windows that be opened fully to allow the balmy Med weather to enter the light airy spacious interior. The staff were polite and attentive to our every need without being intrusive - on to the food.

I have not detailed the evening menu, but will in a future review, this is just the Sunday lunch.

Sunday lunch is 15.00 euros a head which consists of a main course of sirloin of beef, roast potatoes, large yorkshire pudding peas, carrots and cauliflower cheese. The dessert this week was bread and butter pudding made with Panetone and served with custard. The meal also includes a glass of cava.

The above is the only choice for lunch but the a la carte is always available.

We were asked how we liked our beef - 2 x pink and 1 x well done - and it was done as requested and delicious (2 slices), the potatoes were roasted in goose fat (I think!) and very nice and crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside. The yorshire was large and very nice - a real Yorkie, none of your Aunt Bessies here! The accompanying vegetables were beautifully cooked ’al dente’ but not too ’al dente’. The gravy was rich, but not too rich, and plentiful. The lunch was considered a success but a hungry person may have wanted more - it was perfect for us. The lunch was washed down with a fine Rioja Reserva.

Dessert was very nice and perfect size for us, but again a hungry person may want more.

This is not your average Playa Sunday lunch but a step or two up to a very nice lunch - try it and see if you agree. To quote a famous saying ‘you’ve tried the rest now try the best’.

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