Eating Out in Restábal. 3 Restaurants in Lecrín Valley, GranadaYou’re on holiday and you love trying local food and drink. Are there any restaurants in Restábal? Yes, there are two, not bad for a population of just over 400, is it? The great thing is that both are quite different one from the other.
Mesón Despensa del Valle
This restaurant is just 200 metres from Casa Tagomago on Calle Santa Ana. Run by a charming family, it's a traditional eatery serving local dishes with the accent on home-cooked. Daily menu at 9 euros a head and 11 euros at weekends. Typical starters such as Remojón - Orange Salad, soups, gazpacho, salads or migas (see below) followed by grilled meats or delicious local stews or hotpots with pulses and vegetable. The Puchero de Hinojos (Fennel Stew) is a firm favourite that you'll find in most local restaurants. Puddings are simple, mousses come in 3 flavours, lemon, mandarine and persimmon. For something sweeter still, try the Tarta de la Abuela - Grandmother’s Cake. Remember that many of these dishes are seasonal, they only make the orange salad with local oranges when in season, for example.
For a special occasion, order a leg of lamb or a suckling pig cooked in the wood-burning oven. Eat in or take out to enjoy on the patio at Casa Tagomago.
The family also run the Bar Jovi upstairs. A typical village bar, lively and sometimes noisy but always welcoming. This is where they serve the best taps in the area, many prepared behind the bar by youngest son, Christian. A tapa of locally made, char-grilled chorizo with a good glass of Rioja or Ribera del Duero makes for a memorable moment.
Kitchen is open from 13.00 to 16.00 and 20.00 to 23.00. The bar is open all day. Restaurant and bar closed on Tuesdays. Be sure to book a table on Saturdays , Sundays and Fiestas.