Also – the prices are disproportionately high compared with the taste and quality.
Granvinos only moved a block down the street, so it’ll be easy to find – even for those who didn’t know about the move.
They also left all that was good about the old place at the old place.
For some the move will be a plus; The new decor is more modern and bright, the restaurant has also moved to an upstairs location, with a large corner terrace overlooking the narrow streets below, so a great place to do some people spotting.
It is now across from the cemetery, so the light and the occasional peep to the sea between the palm trees will probably never be blocked by a high rise hotel or apartment building.
Me – I liked the old, dark bodega-style restaurant with a few tables outside in the small church square with the typical Spanish windows with their curled iron bars.
I also liked the both traditional and new tapas menu of the old location. You could have a small snack with a glass of wine, or build a meal of tapas.
The new location has the look, feel – and accoustics – of a plastic cafeteria at a shopping mall: Nothing to absorb the sound, so even though we had a fantastic table, we had to almost yell at each other.
Not least towards the end of our meal, when the staff started enjoying their dinner before the evening shift, as friends and colleagues would: loudly and quite at home. They were clearly trying to clear out the late-lunch guests, so we felt a bit unwelcome at that point.
They left the old menu at the old place; you can no longer order different items to share, and make a meal of it. Trust me – we did try our very, very best, and failed miserably.
All dishes are, I guess, supposed to be full one-person servings, but they place the food at the centre of huge plates, and however modern that’s supposed to be, they are still measly portions, only sharable with difficulty, and some persuasion of the staff to bring extra cutlery.
One thing they did keep on the menu, is the ”kobe”-sliders – a €3 mini-burger.
If they actually use a local wagyu-type beef, they managed to make it taste like your average ready-ground beef from a supermarket, tucked into a store bought bun. The result is just an overpriced slider costing €1 per bite.
If you are into half baked chocolate cake, with a centre of liquid dough, they have it – and served with pistachio ice cream, all the rage at the Costa Del Sol these days.