Friday, February 22, 2013
We came by the bus load - all 40 of us! Every year a bus tour is arranged by Bajondillo residents, to take us all on the "Chicken" Bus and head to Otivar to have a most delicious chicken dinner at the RESTAURANTE EL CAPRICHO. It was the first time for Hans and I and we were not disappointed. The tour was 28 Euros per person and included bus and dinner.
EL CAPRICHO is well-known for its roasted, free-range chicken with apples - "Pollo a la Manzana". I have to say, it was the tastiest, juiciest, fall off the bone roast chicken I have had in a loooong time. We each received a 1/2 half chicken, which came with salad -ensalada - baskets of fresh sliced baguette, patatas - slices of deep-fried in olive oil home-made potatoes which were absolutely divine - bottles of red wine - bottles of water - and tea, coffee or dessert. Most of us opted for dessert which was a chocolate ice cream on a stick. There was so much chicken that most of us took some home in a doggy bag. I made chicken fried rice with mushrooms with my leftovers, the next day.
The restaurant also offers roast lamb, entrecote, sausages and pig cutlets. For large groups, orders must be put in at least three days ahead. Imagine all the chicken that has to be cooked - for the 40 of us, that was 20 chickens.
The restaurant is closed Mondays except in August. Hours are 14:00 to 20:30
Hard to find compared to the other two excellent retaurants in the village...Buena Vista and Caprichio....but worth seeking out. The Madera is just off the main road, opposite the bank..Caja Rural?..on a street dropping into the village, on your left as you face up hill towards Granada. The bar and dining room are great, big log fires in winter...excellent menu del dia for only 8 euros Monday to Friday..start with salad, choice of three starters, three mains, desert or coffee, includes bread and a drink. Go Mondays term time for a busy atmosphere..local teacher's eat here then!...closed Tuesday. Or eat of the extensive and varied menu...full price range. On a good weather day ...most days....eat on the terrace...its private, overlooks the village and has STUNNING views. Say hello to Vicente and Antonio!
Favorite Dish: Fresh asparagus, pork fillet in pepper sauce, fresh fruit, carahijo coffee....just watch how the love and care that Vicente puts into making it! Bottle of Calvente to go with the meal...perfect!
...and there's so much choice on the menu.
If you pass the bar, you will get to the restaurante corner, where the owners have separated some tables for dinner guests.
We was offered a lunch, and we did order the things we were offered. A well prepared meal and with some fresh oranges at the end, grown just outside.
Favorite Dish: Soup, meat and vegetables, fresh oranges. Home made bread. Beer.
Friday, February 13, 2013
Located at 267.80 meters above sea level,OTIVAR is in the Province of Granada.
Just north of Almunecar, driving along narrow, winding roads, Hans and I came here as part of a bus tour originating from our Bajondillo Apts. in Torremolinos.
A traditional small town village, Otivar, with its deep ravines and gorges, is situated in the Sierra Del Chaparral which is located between the Sierra de Guajares and Almijara Mountain Ranges. Otivar is only 20 minutes from the coast and 10 minutes from Jete, a smaller town that we passed on the way up.
Agriculture - mainly tropical fruit including mangos, figs, chiramoyas and avocados which thrive in the areas' warm climate - is the main industry. Tourism is also important, as, due to the dramatic scenery of the surrounding mountains, many have discovered Otivar's charm.
Otivar has several bars and restaurants, including our destination Restaurante El Capricho, famous for its roasted free-range chicken with apple (more about that in my restaurant tip).
Otivar also has two banks, small shops and village supermarket to service its 1109 inhabitants.
Overall, a very charming little town, even in the rain.
Fondest memory: Having a fun day with our Bajondillo friends and enjoying a most delicious 1/2 chicken dinner.