In La Linea there are actually three branches of this business. One is a very small tapas bar, it is tucked down a side street. There is another in one of the small plazas which does tapas and full meals and then the restaurant is actually tucked away on one of the back streets. The restaurant is really rustic but edgy, I know that is quite the contradiction, but it has these deep red colour walls, and then some very modern elements, the main feature though is the huge grill where you can observe your dinner being prepared and cooked, which just makes you hungrier by the minute!
I have eaten there several times and it has never been empty, usually the clientele is a blend of Spanish and English and sometimes some Scandinavians, but on this visit it was just English patrons. The staff speak English, Spanish and Italian as we found out on one visit, they are also really friendly and helpful, and should you find yourself not wanting to walk back to the frontier, will happily call you a cab.
My husband had Argentinian sausage to start, while I ate the garnish! (An oiled and grilled onion.) Because I didn’t fancy a starter. Our friend swears by the black pudding they serve here, I can’t think of anything worse, but he says it is exquisite so I’ll take his word for it. Also for starters there are Argentinian pastries, which always smell and look delicious. Again, I’ve never had them (I’m not a huge pastry fan), but fellow diners have devoured them in seconds, one of our friends will only ever order them as she said they are the best she has had ever eaten! One of my favourite things about Patagonia, and this is going to sound odd is the three flavoured butters they serve with the bread rolls before your starter is brought out. I love the citrus one, and also the red onion, the other is black olive flavour, each has small bits of the fruit / vegetable in the butter and they are absolutely delicious. If I bought them for home, I’d have a heart attack within weeks! I think I could just eat a pad of it without the bread!
We both ordered fillet steak, medium rare, and the sides we ordered to share, grilled red peppers with an olive oil and crushed garlic glaze and Roquefort cream potatoes. The steaks are always cooked to perfection.
The steaks are cooked on a grill, which is fueled by orange wood embers. The smell of the burning wood is amazing, I think this is the secret ingredient to the perfect steak. The side orders were also delicious. The peppers have so much flavour and the Roquefort cream goes very nicely with the steak as well. We didn’t drink on this trip, but the restaurant does serve a variety of beers and wines. We stuck to soft drinks as we had a busy day planned the next day and didn’t want to deal with a fuzzy head!
I also had a desert, my husband was stuffed full of meat by this point, (I did end up giving him a fifth of my steak to save room for desert!) On this visit I had the chocolate mousse. It was splendid. Really creamy and rich with chocolate chunkc in the bottom, however the mousse was very light and fluffy in texture. It came served in a cute little jar, with a sprig of mint in the catch that keeps the lid closed. I wolfed it down! I can also recommend a desert there called Muchio. Although this is hardcore Argentinian caramel and chocolate and isn’t for people who can’t handle rich, and quite sickly (in the best possible way!) deserts. It is always a very tough call for me when the desert menu is shown to me! My husband loves the pancakes they serve here, and quite often has them or the chocolate brownies with caramel and almonds. Whatever you pick you will not be disappointed!
Many people will talk about the price of Patagonia like it is hugely expensive. Whilst it isn’t cheap, it is certainly worth every penny. It is a place for people who appreciate good service, a chic setting and love good steak, and with good steak comes a price tag, although I really disagree with anyone who says it is overpriced. Have you seen how much McDonald’s et al now charge for their meals? In comparison is it fabulous value! The restaurant attracts visitors from all the surrounding areas, and we have friends who have driven from Marbella to sample its wares. For two rolls, olives and butter, one starter, two fillet steaks, two sides orders, one desert and seven soft drinks our bill came to £72.91 or €88.30 (they have one of those new PDQ machines that allows the user to pay in multiple currencies) I don’t think this wildly expensive as someone suggested on Trip Advisor. Sure it isn’t something we could do every day, but then again, I don’t want to eat steak every day either!
Telephone: 00 (34) 956 17 80 21
Address: C/ Isabel La Católica, 43. 11300 La Línea de la Concepción, Cádiz, Spain.
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Both images have been taken from Patagonia Website.