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Offline jasmine302

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Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« on: February 12, 2014, 17:38:27 pm »
I very rarely post on here but I keep meaning to put a word in for Casa Rustica, we eat here at least once each time we visit and the steak is to die for and the curried prawns are delicious. If Natalie has made her delicious puddings..all sorts from chocolate mousse to strudel, don't miss them! but they sell out quickly.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 18:37:22 pm »
I don't think this place is anything special, I know that folk rave about it.

Sorry!

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 20:31:53 pm »
Agree with CG , generally go there to see the dog :)

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 13:56:24 pm »
Minrich
Are you and your wifey in El Cotillo in March?

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 16:55:46 pm »
I don't think this place is anything special, I know that folk rave about it.

Sorry!

CG


We used to eat there each visit, and always seemed to bump into some friend or another. It's very popular, and we always liked to sit outside and watch life.

The food's very good, but frankly we just got fed up with the rather off-hand service, and we haven't been alone in that. There's enough other restaurants with equally good food and better, friendlier, service.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 19:21:09 pm »
Agreed that this is not the place for a quick meal.  And if your tastes consists of a roast ever Sunday and fish and chips, this is not the place for you. 

But the steak with roquefort is heavenly with a nice claret. There are several other dishes they make that I have been unable to reproduce - especially the seafood stew. Compared to quite a number of other restaurants in El Cotillo, the prices at Casa Rustica are low.  As for service, they treat me very well and have made special requests.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 22:57:49 pm »
Agree with CG , generally go there to see the dog :)

Sadly the dog is no more

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2014, 10:42:15 am »
Minrich
Are you and your wifey in El Cotillo in March?

CG

5th-19th  ;D

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 10:43:22 am »
Agree with CG , generally go there to see the dog :)

Sadly the dog is no more

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 16:21:25 pm »
Minrich
Are you and your wifey in El Cotillo in March?

CG

5th-19th  ;D

See you there on the 12th if it is open at El Toston? 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

CG

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 10:02:15 am »
We have only been the once and were very disappointed.  The service was curt to say the least and the food very very salty.  Won't go again.

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2014, 20:52:41 pm »
A long wait in between 1st and second course, and quite expensive for nothing special. ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2014, 07:55:36 am »
Visited Casa Rustica for the first time last month. Had no complaint about the service though if the lady is serving on her own I imagine she can get run off her feet. Didn't realise how busy it was until the rain forced the outside diners indoors.
The steak and chips was good enough to persuade me to go back for a second visit.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2016, 20:29:33 pm »
I cant reply as to the food in the place as we walked out before even ordering due to the attitude and customer service bordering on abject rudeness. At the end of the day one doesnt need a maitre d with such arrogant attitude

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2016, 20:25:02 pm »
We had a lovely meal here a week or so ago but yes, the waitress was stressed & curt. We left without leaving a tip.
We returned this Tuesday evening (1st) because the last meal was great. It was much quieter. She was very attentive & again the food was fantastic.
Why don't they employ more waiting staff??

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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2017, 20:38:33 pm »
I always eat here at least once each trip, and thoroughly enjoyed my steak as usual last week. Agree that they could use extra waiting staff when they are full, but on a quieter night there are no such issues.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2017, 18:35:54 pm »
Why don't they employ more waiting staff??

I guess it's not so easy to employ good reliable waiters, especially in a place like El Cotillo. They've tried a few times but I guess had to let them go for various reasons. You have to take your hat off to Natalie and Gustavo how long they have kept the place going on their own. My first visit was 14 years ago and it hasn't changed much. I've always found his steaks spot on and if he ever has rabbit or spring lamb on as a special they're not to be missed. Natalie knows her wine too. I guess most of us would get a little stressed out every now and then if we were in her shoes.


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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2017, 15:31:43 pm »
We've tried Casa Rustica a few times over the years, mainly due to the favourable reviews on here, we've never seen what the fuss is about & have been distinctly underwhelmed.  We give it a miss now.

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« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2018, 14:54:21 pm »
Time for a couple of restaurant updates:

We ate here this week. I had the steak l with mustard sauce and my wife had hake. My meat was undercooked and the wife's meal looked like a school dinner.

Another diner said that she didn't enjoy her food when (everybody's best friend) Natalie asked why she'd left so much and Natalie's reaction was near on venomous.

The menu here doesn't seem to have changed since we first visited the place some time ago. We won't go back on this trip but will visit it again on future trips if the establishment looks like it can be bothered to try a bit harder.

« Last Edit: May 02, 2018, 14:55:56 pm by Banjo »

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2018, 23:13:25 pm »
Thanks Banjo, we`re in the area next week...I`ll make sure we give `Natalie` a miss

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2018, 18:56:54 pm »
Time for a couple of restaurant updates:

We ate here this week. I had the steak l with mustard sauce and my wife had hake. My meat was undercooked and the wife's meal looked like a school dinner.

Another diner said that she didn't enjoy her food when (everybody's best friend) Natalie asked why she'd left so much and Natalie's reaction was near on venomous.

The menu here doesn't seem to have changed since we first visited the place some time ago. We won't go back on this trip but will visit it again on future trips if the establishment looks like it can be bothered to try a bit harder.



That's the most pathetic restaurant review I've ever read. How did you ask for your steak to be cooked? By the sound of you I guess you have it 'well done' in which case why didn't you send it back and ask them to cook it for a bit longer? Too wimpy to ask bossy Natalie? My wife's Hake looked like a school dinner. What does that mean exactly? If you are going to write a restaurant review then why don't you write something constructive and useful rather than blah blah blah BS. And why should they change the menu? They always seem busy enough so why change a winning horse. What a prize plonker you sound.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2018, 18:57:44 pm »
Thanks Banjo, we`re in the area next week...I`ll make sure we give `Natalie` a miss

And someone else scared of a strong woman. Grow a backbone.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2018, 20:53:33 pm »
Thanks Banjo, we`re in the area next week...I`ll make sure we give `Natalie` a miss

And someone else scared of a strong woman. Grow a backbone.
And why order a dish that specialist steak houses always do better when they have so many things like flatfish in saffron sauce on offer?

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« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2018, 12:55:50 pm »
Time for a couple of restaurant updates:

We ate here this week. I had the steak l with mustard sauce and my wife had hake. My meat was undercooked and the wife's meal looked like a school dinner.

Another diner said that she didn't enjoy her food when (everybody's best friend) Natalie asked why she'd left so much and Natalie's reaction was near on venomous.

The menu here doesn't seem to have changed since we first visited the place some time ago. We won't go back on this trip but will visit it again on future trips if the establishment looks like it can be bothered to try a bit harder.



That's the most pathetic restaurant review I've ever read. How did you ask for your steak to be cooked? By the sound of you I guess you have it 'well done' in which case why didn't you send it back and ask them to cook it for a bit longer? Too wimpy to ask bossy Natalie? My wife's Hake looked like a school dinner. What does that mean exactly? If you are going to write a restaurant review then why don't you write something constructive and useful rather than blah blah blah BS. And why should they change the menu? They always seem busy enough so why change a winning horse. What a prize plonker you sound.

Hi Nat

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2018, 19:57:09 pm »
Thanks Banjo, we`re in the area next week...I`ll make sure we give `Natalie` a miss

And someone else scared of a strong woman. Grow a backbone.



Thank you..Strong women I appreciate and get on fine with..It's Alta Egos like you, with limited form of debate, education and intelligence that I find tedious and boring..I can't believe your other I'd on here is as bad..Go back to using it eh..Good Boy

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #25 on: May 27, 2018, 21:57:40 pm »
Thanks Banjo, we`re in the area next week...I`ll make sure we give `Natalie` a miss

And someone else scared of a strong woman. Grow a backbone.



Thank you..Strong women I appreciate and get on fine with..It's Alta Egos like you, with limited form of debate, education and intelligence that I find tedious and boring..I can't believe your other I'd on here is as bad..Go back to using it eh..Good Boy

What a plod! Once a plod, always a plod.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2018, 22:05:04 pm »
Could have been worse........I could have been say a Highways engineer........Now that would have been a really boring job..Would have driven me mad  :-*

 
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« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2018, 21:19:04 pm »
One thing for sure....you never made Detective!

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2018, 21:59:04 pm »
Ignoring the spat that has taken over this subject, I can only speak as I find.

I've had many meals here and with one exception, they have always been excellent meals (the one exception was quickly corrected when I asked Natalie to take the meal back to the kitchen.

That being said, there are a very limited number of staff, so if the restaurant is full, don't expect to be served quickly.

There is a good selection on the menu, the prices are competitive and the atmosphere is great.

Tom.

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Re: Casa Rustica - El Cotillo
« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2018, 11:05:53 am »
Thanks for the constructive review. Many of the restaurants in Cotillo have a bit of a soulless feel to them. Love or hate Natalie at least she has some character and adds to the atmosphere and the overall experience. The chef tries to be as creative as he can in what has now become a tourist resort.