Food, Hotel, Marbella, Monda, Wine

A Romantic Hotel with Forking Lovely Food

Hotel- Castillo de Monda

The castle is built on the foundations of “Al-Mundat,” an Arab fortress from the 9th century. One of the original towers is still visible, as are parts of the foundations, which can be found throughout the interior. The location on top of a hill allows breathtaking views in all directions. The castle overlooks the picturesque white Andalusian village of Monda and the surrounding landscape. I recommend going the route they tell you and NOT the sat-nav route, it gets a bit hairy!

The hotel offers many different areas to unwind and relax, where you can see the beauty of the Monda Countryside. There’s an amazing pool overlooking the valley, lots of picturesque lounge terraces and a Wellness Centre for total relaxation! If you are looking for a romantic and beautiful hotel to get away from the World, this is the one for you!

Room

The room was much larger than I expected and was just full of character. I had a delightful terrace with views over the salt water pool and countryside. My room was situated on the corner so I got panoramic views including the village. I have a very comfy four poster bed, lots of space to sit and relax in the seating area and a nice bathroom. I recommend waking up to see the sunrise from the windows.

Food

The restaurant is called the Albacar and is open every day for lunch from 13:00 to 16:00 and for dinner from 19:30 to 23:00. The food is described by chef Jaap Schaafsma as ‘International but with a Mediterranean twist.’ The fireplace in the middle is a lovely touch and made it feel very warm and cosy. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly too.

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Click to access Restaurant-Menu-1-2019.pdf

We ordered:

Starters
– Bread
– Mejillones a la marinera, toque picante (Mine)
(Mussels a la marinera, a touch spicy)
– Cecina de buey, tostas de pan, compota de higos
(Cecina de buey- dried beef toast & fig marmalade)

Main Course
– Bacalao, lentejas, mirepoix, panceta, beurre blanc, salicornia (Mine)
(Cod fish, lentils, mirepoix, pancetta & beurre blanc)
– Magret de pato, chucrut, balsámico, chirivía, col de Bruselas
(Duck breast, sauerkraut, balsamic vinegar, parsnip, & sprouts)

Dessert:
– Tarta de chocolate cremosa, Snickers, helado de praliné
(Chocolate truffle cake, Snickers with praline ice cream)
– Tabla de queso: 4 quesos diferentes (Mine)
(Cheese platter: 4 different cheeses)

The food was just wonderful, I couldn’t really fault it. The mussels were cooked very well, only one un-opened shell from a good sized portion. The sauce was great although I would have preferred a little more kick but that’s just me! The dried beef was tasty and presented very well, also a very good portion size.

The Cod was moist but not sloppy. The only things I would criticise is the beurre blanc was too thick. I like my a little lighter and it made the dish feel a tad on the heavy side. Everything else worked really well and some great flavours together. The duck was cooked to perfection and wasn’t fatty at all.

Cheese is my FAVOURITE- I asked for no ‘Goat’s Cheese. They came out with a gorgeous Camembert, Brie, some bluey coloured cheese (Chef please tell me what it was!) and a another Spanish Cheese. All delicious, especially with the walnuts.

Just a great atmosphere, tasty food and well priced menu in a romantic and cosy setting.

Zero Forks Given

Food- 🏰🏰🏰🏰
Menu- 🏰🏰🏰🏰
Wine- 🏰🏰🏰🏰
Service- 🏰🏰🏰🏰
Value for Money- 🏰🏰🏰🏰
Location- 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰
Decor- 🏰🏰🏰🏰🏰
( Key- 1 🏰 forking awful, 3 🏰 forking decent and 5 🏰 forking amazing!)

Hotel Castillo de Monda Information
Calle Villeta, 6, 29110 Monda, Málaga
+34 952 45 98 36
http://bit.ly/CastillodeMonda

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