Throwback: El Claustro, Granada, Spain

While in Granada this past August (2015) we wanted to try something different from the tapas bars Granada is well known for.  We decided to check out Juan Andres Mozilla’s restaurant El Claustro, having seen him in the Granada episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown.  The seasonal menu unfortunately was underwhelming with a very small selection of starters and entrées.  Certainly not what I expected from the main restaurant of the five-star AC Hotel Palacio Santa Paula in Granada.

We went ahead and tried it any way.   And good thing we did!  The food experience started off with a tree of scrumptious small bites shaped like small apples made of butter with foie gras or orange marmalade filling, and melted manchego inside a gelatin ball made to look like little eggs sitting in a nest of fried Thai noodles.  It was so creative!   We were also given an amuse-bouche of melt in your mouth meringue with tiny bits of Iberico ham and jam spread.     From the menu, we decided to share an appetizer of sea bass ceviche with an avocado mousse and lemon foam (€20). Our entrees were both fish – a weakfish in dashi (€20) and sturgeon (€22) accompanied by a delicious Spanish rose wine for €18/bottle.

  
For dessert we picked two (€7each) with a dessert wine pairing, a cappuccino, and Lagavulin neat (€15). On top of that they also gave us another four bites of sour, sweet, salty and bitter. 
  
 By the end of the night we were stuffed with all the good food and really happy that we decided to give it a try.

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