RTE. HIERBAS, CASTELL DE CASTELLS 965518192
Much of the centre of the sleepy inland town of Castell de Castells is pedestrianised and at 13 Calle San José there is a quaint restaurant called Hierbas. A series of long narrow rooms, with walls and ceiling covered with bric-a-brac lead into the dining room. This proved to be the most atmospheric part of our lunch, as we were the only customers.
The team providing lunch was an unusual combination of English chef and a Spanish maître d’ which undoubtedly accounted for the selection of some of the dishes on the menu del día.
There were two menus del día available, priced at €10 and €12 plus 10% IVA, and we all chose the former. The alioli was accompanied by delicious warm bread and fresh salad.
For starters we chose creamy tomato soup, spring rolls and deep fried boquerones (anchovies) – all acceptable. The main courses selected were cottage pie, chicken breast with a rather bland pepper sauce and lamb cutlets that were a bit on the dry side. It has to be said that the French fries were outstanding.
The house white was a vino de mesa called Conde Noble and as it was a bit dull our host traded up on the red for the reliable Rioja Crianza El Coto (€12).
We concluded our lunch with a chocolate brownie, almond ice cream and almond cake.
Price p.p. €15.40