Not only a fantastic shop and museum but A perfect place for breakfast as well, the Casa del Jamon is located halfway between the hotel Reina Victoria and the Plaza de Merced.. (uphill from the bullring by about 600 metres)
The shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.
Inside the fantastic shop the restaurant is small and cosy and is a place where you can have a breakfast for very good prices. Try the sandwich with local jamon, coffee and fresh orange juice for less than 4 euro. Or, try a tapas in the afternoon or evening…A plate of “Cinco Bellotas” and a glass of Ribera del Duero is a fantastic treat sitting at the bar whilst watching eveybody come and go…
Surprisingly enough this is also a great place to get a small present for friends and family back home.. Tins of cured meats travel easily enough!
This place should definately be on your bucket list for Ronda. :)
If you’re looking for a special place to eat while staying in the beautiful town of Ronda or its surroundings you must take a visit to the well kept dining secret, Al Lago.
Located in the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra just a short drive from Ronda on the road towards Sevilla, you pass through spectacular scenery and arrive at a shady terrace overlooking Zahara´s spring fed lake.
The restaurant and its four room boutique hotel sits at the lower end of the village surrounded by mountains and olive groves as well as the lake (a great place to take a post lunch dip on hot summer afternoons). Stefan Crites, joint owner and chef, worked for 12 years as a chef in New York before deciding to move to Spain. Opting for a lifestyle change he and his wife Mona, who runs the hotel and restaurant, have built up a well earned reputation for delicious, interesting food with an emphasis on high quality ingredients and making the most out of local produce; such as the goats cheese, wild game and the cold pressed local olive oil.
This year the focus on organic, home produced fresh fruit and vegetables has really come into its own, as they have just taken on a local huerta (orchard), where they are busy planting the vegetables that will grace the tables of the restaurant over the coming months.
Stefan prefers to use quality ingredients and re-create traditional local dishes, making them lighter and more interesting. The seared duck breast gets a drizzle of a Pedro Ximenez reduction and fresh orange slices, and the classic Ajo Blanco ( a chilled almond and garlic soup) gets paired with a refreshing watermelon granita.
Al Lago caters to both Spanish families, who make up the staple audience, as well as foodies in search of something other than the standard fare available at most eateries in the area..
The menu features a wide variety of fresh fish bought to Al Lago by a fishmonger in the renowned Cadiz fish market, so don´t be surprised to find sushi grade Tuna, or exotic sea anemonies on offer. You certainly won´t be disappointed when it comes to dessert, which is sadly so often the case in many a restaurant in the area, at Al Lago all the deserts are home made, the New York style cheesecake being a firm favorite.
Quite apart from the daily lunch menu, a reasonable 12.00 per person, there is a chefs 5 course tasting menu available with local wine pairings. Stefan and Mona also host regular Indian feast weekends, that are extremely popular, serving recipies inspired by Mona´s Indian heritage.
So if the sound of lamb biriyani, coconut curried octopus or crispy squid in cumin batter with lime and chilli dipping sauce takes your fancy this is definitly a must.
For those in search of Andalucian flavour their fabulous Flamenco nights include shows by a local Flamenco groups and a six course tapas style menu where you can indulge in local chorizos sizzled in wine or potato wedges with a goats cheese fondue and crab and prawn paella.
The next special event will be a Mothers Day lunch this coming Sunday 3rd of April with a variety of treats on the menu; Home made pumpkin raviolis in a sage brown butter, or bruschetta with vine tomatoes, avocado and basil and Al Lago´s wild boar burger as well as the sweet treats of rich chocolate mousse and tangy lemon tart.
Its always best to book for reservations especially for any of the events weekends please visit the website; www al-lago.es for bookings or further information. Visit Al Lago’s website, www.al-lago.es, or email; email@example.com or ring direct on 952 123 032 or text mona on 662 052 553. Al Lago is open every day for lunch and dinner until the end of August.
Chocolat opened some years ago on a side street and immediately attracted a devoted local clientele. Now open on c/La Bola, the discreet sign “Sven – Chocolatero” draws curious visitors as well.
The narrow store front barely hints at the treasures within. As you proceed along the hallway, you’ll see that there’s ice cream (normal enough), then a wide selection of loose teas from rooibus and herbal types to the black and green teas from India and China, then whole-bean coffees, and a glass case of chocolates (bonbones de chocolat), each shaped bonbon a different flavor.