Nov 152013
 

DSC00077VERD i VENT,   MASSEROF     965973413

 ★★★★☆ 

Hearty food in rustic surroundings

    

 

Verd i Vent is a rambling farmhouse located at km5 on a corner of the Jalon to Bernia road. There is nothing particularly attractive or inviting about the restaurant from the outside but once inside the building there are whitewashed rooms of all shapes and sizes decorated with rustic bric-a-brac.

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The menu del día costs €18 for five courses and all the wine you can drink. The wine is served in litre carafes which are filled directly from a barrel at one end of the main dining room. The red wine is pleasant enough but our white wine expert was not impressed with the white offering.DSC00072

 

We started our lunch with a dish of warm potato salad with garlic and herb sauce. This was followed by a large bowl of hearty vegetable soup. Then we moved on to a simple fresh salad.

 For main course there was a choice of shoulder of lamb, duck served with a red berry sauce or grilled Argentinean steak. All were really delicious and substantial.DSC00065

 

Whilst we were enjoying our main course three musicians added to the atmosphere of the restaurant with medley of well-known Latin American songs.

 

Tasty crepes were served for dessert and completed our lunch.

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Verd i Vent has for many years been a popular stopping off point for tourists visiting Sierra Bernia and the restaurant was already substantially full when we arrived for lunch. It is a credit to the team that run the restaurant that they have upped their game since the last time our club lunched here back in 2008 and provided us with such an enjoyable experience for €19.40 p.p.

 

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Nov 302012
 
CASA SUSI,       MASSEROF   639686042

 ★★★☆☆ 

Mountains, music and meat.

It has been nearly 5 years since our Lunch Club last visited this restaurant which is located at Km. 5.5 on the road from Jalón to Sierra Bernia. At that time the restaurant was called Masserof but is now Casa Susi.

Masserof is a cluster of a few buildings rather than a village on a plateau in the mountains and boasts a wine museum, the landmark Verd i Vent restaurant and directly opposite, Casa Susi.

 

The restaurant is housed in a modern building with a bright airy dining room, which along with its south facing terrace, have great views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

 

 

There are two menus del día priced at €16 and €18, including all the wine you can drink. The wine is produced locally at Masserof and whilst the red is perfectly acceptable the white was somewhat lacking character.

Our enthusiastic hostess Susi served up three tasters before we even started our first course – broad beans in a spicy sauce, a mushroom head with garlic and a skewer each of spicy meat – all delicious.

Whilst this was going on a trio of South American musicians struck up and although they were most accomplished and pleasant to listen to, they did somewhat stifle conversation.

 

 

 

Most of us selected the more expensive of the two menus but there were no complaints about the meal that followed. For our starter we enjoyed a hearty lentil soup, a homemade lasagne and a fresh salad.

 

The main courses were all substantial and included Pork in a mushroom sauce, Osso Buco with a delicious rich sauce, grilled Lamb cutlets and Cordero al horno.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally we had a homemade flan and an almond cake with a strong flavour of cinnamon. Together with coffees and a complimentary mistella this hearty meal in the mountains cost just €18.63 p.p.

 

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