Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Definitely Not Tom's Diner

Monday night, after enjoying the Christmas lights in central Málaga, we headed over to El Meson de Cervantes for dinner. We'd been there a few times since our exploratory trip to Spain in January 2011. We really need to go a lot more often. We love everything about the place starting with the warm welcome we always receive. Fortunately, we got there a bit earlier — 8:15 — than is expected for Spanish dining. A half hour later and we probably wouldn't have gotten a table.

THE ALAMEDA PRINCIPAL, MÁLAGA.

The hostess asked us if we had a reservation. We said, no, and San Geraldo put his hand out to be slapped.

I then told the hostess that San Geraldo used to be famous. "But not anymore. Does that help?"

He then jokingly mentioned his 22-greats grandfather San Fernando Rey (King Ferdinand III). I explained the relationship.

Abuelo is grandfather. Bisabuelo is great-grandfather. Tatara abuelo is great-grandfather. I said tatara-tatara-tatara... and finished with the number 22. By this point, we were all friends. One of the servers brought us to a table and told us it was the table for tataras. It's important to note that the table was available whether or not San Fernando Rey had been Grandpa.

Everyone on staff was warm and friendly. It's a team effort, so no one is ever ignored or in need. I had Secreto Ibérico, a pork dish I've had elsewhere a number of times (and loved). Nothing will ever hold a candle to this one: the pork, pineapple sauce, and a slice of pumpkin. It sounded odd to me, but the combination could not have been more perfect. I managed to include a little of each in every mouthful. We then had dessert, which you'll see below.

We received kisses good-bye and just about danced through town to catch the train home.

SAN GERALDO'S SUCKLING PIG. 
SECRETO IBÉRICO.
SAN GERALDO'S CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH FRESH BERRIES.
MY NEW FAVOURITE DESSERT: SWEET-WINE MOUSSE, LIME SORBET, MANGO SAUCE,
AND A CRUNCHY PINE NUT TOPPING (UNDER THE LIME SORBET, TOO).


Whenever one of the servers passed our table, she would sing, "Tatara tatara tatara tatara."

23 comments:

  1. Quite the presentations. I'm so jealous!

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    1. Linda:
      Someday, someone will devise a way to offer cyber samples.

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  2. Ahhhh, you guys are great! Love reading about your adventures :) It must have been a fun place to be that night :) And... fabulous food AND Christmas decorations!? Merveilleux!

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    1. Judy:
      Ooh, merveilleux... I'm going to have Jerry practice that one. If you think his Spanish (and English) are entertaining, you should hear his attempts at French!

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    1. Gosia:
      It's so beautiful this time of year.

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  4. Is it just me, or do those like giant mustaches suspended over the street?
    Your dinners look fantastic! I can't believe you were actually able to wait long enough to snap a few photos before you ate. You have more will power than I do ...

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    1. Wilma:
      Those lights were actually better than pictured. I didn't want to take my chances (for long) snapping a shot in the middle of that boulevard, so I didn't get a very good image. Instead, I just "treated it" in Photoshop. We really had no dinner plans when we headed into town for the lights. Otherwise, I probably would have been chasing San Geraldo down the street to the restaurant.

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    1. anne marie:
      Better than I could have imagined.

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  6. Now I should NOT be hungry! We just ate!
    But these selections look wonderful. And the service sounded pretty good as well.
    A great evening indeed, Mitchell. Your dessert looks particularly interesting.

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    1. Jim:
      I ordered the dessert because it sounded interesting. Although I love vino dulce (sweet wine), I didn't expect to love mousse de vino dulce. It was not sweet like I expected and the texture was wonderful. AND the blend of lime sorbet, mango, and the crunchy pine nuts... amazing.

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  7. One of these days I'll be there singing tatara as the two of you walk in. ;-)

    Loving Suzanne.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      That would be the best night ever!

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  8. I wish I could join you for one of these superb meals.

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  9. I covet that chocolate mousse like nobody's business.

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    1. Maria:
      Normally I would covet the chocolate mousse, too -- anything chocolate. But my choice was pretty spectacular.

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  10. Congratulations on your nomination for the LIEBSTER Award! See my blog for details.
    Love your photos so festive.

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    1. Laurent:
      Thanks so much! Congratulations to you!

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