CAL BLANC, PEDREGUER 965760369
A hidden Gem
If there was a competition for the most difficult restaurant to find, Cal Blanc would certainly be a strong contestant. We needed a GPS to locate 2 Cova Santa in the rabbit warren maze of streets that is Pedredguer. The search was however definitely worthwhile and we were rewarded with a sublime lunch.
The restaurant is elegant, contemporary and stylish. Cool jazz was playing quietly in the background as we studied the menu del día which was priced at €16, including a half bottle of house wine.
Three starters were served to everyone –a bite sized portion of goat´s cheese, a champagne glass filled with tiny fried fish and finally Andalucian gazpacho. All titillating and tasty.
The choice of main course was pork sirloin cooked with a mustard sauce, grilled tuna or Fideua. We chose the first two and they were served on a slab of black slate, which looked wonderful but had the effect of cooling the food quicker than if served on a preheated plate. The chef had run a diagonal line of spices across each slate, which was both artistic and practical.
The desserts were all home made and the choice was a chocolate brownie, an apple strudel with ice cream or goat´s cheese flan.
The house wines complemented the cuisine. The white was a Chardonnay called Fontana Mesta from Uclés and the red, an Alicante Monastrell called Sierras Salinas Mo. We completed our lunch with coffees and brandies which edged the price of this gastronomic experience up to €21.72 p.p.