The sleepy and genteel town of Lanjarón is peppered with both fountains and bars, several of which we visit regularly. A favourite over the last year is Restaurante Asador Parque on the road out of town, in the direction of Granada.
We watched its construction and thought ‘not another restaurant – how can they all compete?’ but we’re so glad we gave it a try. We even remember our first lunchtime meal there: mushroom risotto and a hamburger – very Spanish, huh? – and on that occasion you’d be right; but since returning we’ve fallen in love with the place and the menu. Everyone we’ve since taken agrees: it’s a star with great staff – including Antonio (fluent in Spanish, French and English and always happy to explain the dishes), co-owner Bruno and the chef(s), who we’ve never met.
The restaurant is modern and sparkling (but not in a try-hard, over-designed way) and the outside terrace, raised above the road, is a lovely spot, especially in the evening. In winter, it’s cosy inside.
We’ve visited several times and have been through most of the menu. The jamón Ibérico is always great, the berenjenas con miel (fried aubergines with honey) are divine – as is the verduras de temporada salteadas (an attractive stack of sauteed vegetables). Another favourite starter is pulpo gallega con cachelos de patata (Gallician octopus with potato) – and even the simplest of dishes, like ensalada de tomate con aguacate (tomato and avocado salad), are tasty and beautifully presented.
It’s not often you see lamb on menus (it’s expensive to buy in the shops) but here they do it justice, like the chuletillas de cordero (grilled chops).
The paella is among the best we’ve ever tasted and the rape en sartén con patatas chafadas (monkfish cooked in a skillet with potatoes) is one of the star dishes. If you’re looking for something lighter, the soups are worth a try and include sopa de ajo tostado (toasted garlic), and sopa de marisco (seafood) – although these are more like a broth rather than a rich, French-style bisque.
We’re not dessert people but friends who have dived in say that are delicious, especially children.
Considering the quality of the food, it’s excellent value with starters around 6€-8€ and mains 13€-18€. There’s also a weekday lunchtime menu del día (10€-12€). The wine list is fine but nothing spectacular.
The entrance has a wheelchair ramp, a lift to get you into the restaurant and terrace, and accessible loos.
[Note: like all our reviews, the restaurant owners do not know we run this blog and unlike some ‘in-the-know’ guides, we do not accept payment/free meals to promote places.]
Restaurante Asador Parque: Av. de la Alpujarra, 44, 18420 Lanjarón, Granada (Teléfono: 674 24 79 33). Open every day (except Wednesdays): 12pm to 4pm, 8pm to 12am. Location on Google maps.
Instead of tucking into the food, next time we’ll take some photos and add to this post (one below © of the restaurant).
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