I will try to keep this brief (who knows, when I get started, all bets are off!) Now caring for post surgery partner and need to get ready to make dinner.
This should be linked to my report on EL CAMPERO and on nearby JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, a city I enjoyed so very much. This trip was March 2023, solo.
The restaurant I will post photos here is LA CASTILLERIA. Foreign visitors may not know this, but Spain has fantastic meats, not only the famed lechazo (suckling lamb) and the jamon Iberico and all of the cured pork products, but STEAKS!
On a not-long-ago visit to EL CAPRICHO, near Astorga in the province of Leon, we visited a restaurant famous in Europe and beyond for beef, especially the older Galician ox; this restaurant was lauded by a Uk newspaper as the best place for beef in all of Europe.
Now I was intrigued. One of the first reservations I attempted to secure was at LA CASTILLERIA, on the flatlands outside the white hill town of Vejer de la Frontera, in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia. Very easy drive from Vejer town.
I had two late lunches, that lasted for hours, here during my week=plus stay outside Vejer and through these photos I will attempt to convey not only the food, but the sublime hospitality of the owner, the mother of the chef. I arrived alone for two lunches and Ani Melero Valdes, sat with me through most of both meals, imparting such informative talk that II would have sat with her with only a glass of water and been honored. I won’t go into the personal talks, but suffice to say that this restaurant is as welcoming as can be and I am quite sure that visitors lacking Castillian language skills would be warmly welcomed as well.
I did write a review on TripAdvisor, something I am often loathe to do, but I was so happy and at home here that I wanted to spread the word as thanks to all the staff who made me feel so at home and brought me such exemplary food…will post this and return after making dinner…there are murmurs here of "when will dinner be ready!!!)
I am sorry the writing is is a mish mash of English and Spanish (Spanglish??) but you can get the general idea…more soon: