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Spain 2016: Dinner With a View & Jazz

June 26, 2016

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Early in the trip, Linda and George suggested that we eat at a great restaurant nearby where there was a lovely view and live jazz on Friday evenings. It turned out the group – Jazzify, which George’s saxophone teacher is part of – weren’t there on Friday this week but Saturday instead. It was a short drive, the final part down a steep and narrow road, to Cala Advocat (above). It was a lovely, peaceful setting. We parked the car and then climbed a long flight of stairs to the restaurant and were rewarded with a fabulous view.

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The jazz group were already playing. They were brilliant; it was a real treat to hear such good jazz musicians live and their singer had a great voice. They played classics, nothing experimental, but it was appropriate to the setting and wonderful to hear.

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La Paillote restaurant and bar is part of a boutique hotel. George thought it was run by Belgians; certainly the menu was more French than Spanish. Linda and I decided to share a starter of prawns with garlic and parsley (George wasn’t having a starter). But first they brought the typical Spanish appetizer of bread and tomato and alioli to begin – but noticeably rolls rather than the more usual Spanish toast.

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They were lovely bread rolls. Soon our prawns came. They looked fantastic. They tasted fantastic.

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It was such a simple dish but well done. For my main I’d chosen grilled sea bream.

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This was excellent. The sea bream had been cooked perfectly wih lovely crispy skin but moist tender fish. It was presented beautifully with good and well prepared vegetables. I enjoyed the meal a lot. So much in fact that I couldn’t resist a dessert – even though Linda and George did.

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My cheesecake was delicious and accompanied by fruit coulis and cream.

By the time we left it was dark. The live jazz had ended but down below at a cafe by the beach, music and a salsa class was starting up. Linda seemed keen to join the dancing but it was late so we headed for home.

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It was a great evening of fine food, beautiful location and the loveliest of friends.

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