In my selection I’ve tried to balance the exquisite, the big treat or celebration restaurant with basic bars, pizzerias and local cafeterias, for the simple reason that even though we might be on holiday we don’t always want a high falutin’ meal; sometimes just somewhere we can eat well and enjoy the atmosphere. Personally, the food is only part of the experience; the ambience, décor and service colour my enjoyment as much as a delicious and beautifully presented dish.
Perhaps more than in almost any field of endeavour, the restaurant business can have its off days. I try and take this into account when I visit, because you can pretty soon spot if the bad service or lack of quality is habitual. If your experience is different please let me know and I’ll take another look. I have also taken into account recommendations from friends, as the Spanish are a very food-savvy race, and I’ve depended very much on people who live locally to point me in the direction of places I’d never have found on my own.