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Offline LAshire

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El Callao
« on: June 15, 2015, 19:12:06 pm »
We visited the El Callao last night which has recently opened in the Old Harbour near the Vaca Azul. We have been watching the refurbishment of this restaurant and were  impressed with the interior design.

The service was good and the tenderloin steak was cooked to perfection, together with a grilled parrot fish which was very tasty.  Our overall experience was that we had a very enjoyable evening and we are looking forward to returning soon.

It is nice to see another new addition to the restaurants in El Cotillo, and feel this may have raised the bar slightly.


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Re: El Callao
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 21:06:44 pm »
Just back from Cotillo. Visited El Callao twice. We too thought this a good experience. We sat upstairs where there are only 4 tables & you can see parts of the old harbour across the rooftops!
We tried 2 of the chicken dishes & the grilled tuna. Both times the bill was under 26 Euros including 2 large beers, so we thought good value. The food was very tasty & the portion sizes generous. Will certainly go again when we are back later in the year.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2015, 01:13:01 am »
We went with friends at the end of September.   Lovely décor and the food was excellent.  The young waiter was getting our order mixed up but we managed to get it sorted before he went to the kitchen.   As to the kitchen you can look into from the rear and it is spotless and the staff clean it every day.
Yes we would go back as would our friends.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 10:02:52 am »
Sounds promising, where is it exactly?  What was it previously, just trying to get my bearings.  We're out next week (24th) so will give it a look see.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2015, 10:13:47 am »
It's almost beside Vaca Azul, go up the stairs/ramp and it's to the right. I think it was empty before, can't remember anything there.
We were there this week too, sat upstairs, thought it was excellent.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2015, 10:18:46 am by duncolm »

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 19:06:48 pm »
We went one evening. New, beautifully designed, lots of glass, art gallery and sale, very trendy yet not 'up themselves'.
Not booked, we sat on the upstairs terrace - outside, but completely covered with big sunshade umbrellas. Lovely view across the old harbour.
Attentive service, well cooked and presented food, very fair prices, certainly less money than we expected.
This is definitely one to try. Not very large, probably about 40 covers over three areas. Possibly looks a bit intimidating, but very welcoming. Good for an intimate evening. Try it!

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 15:24:06 pm »
We went twice in the last week. Both times without booking but they managed to fit us in. Certainly busy. Nice to see a more 'designed' interior than many others.

Food was good and portions large. Two starters and two mains were too much for us and the same went for a couple next to us. Next time we had three starters and one main. With a bottle of wine and water around €50

Nice addition to El Cotillo and will visit again before the new year.

Offline MinRich

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2015, 17:34:19 pm »
Good to bear good reviews  :)

What is the menu like ?

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2015, 11:12:10 am »
We ate twice at El Callao last week.  The first time we had the fresh fish for 2 cooked Canarian style, i.e. grilled with garlic & oil, with papas arugadas & salad.  Very good if a tad overcooked.  The fish was a single large fish, rather than the assortment of small fiddly ones sometimes served up in restaurants. 
Our second visit was Saturday lunchtime before we left for the airport.  We had the Paella for 2 which was on the specials board.  21 Euro, brought us a very generous helping which would have easily served 3.  It was crammed full of seafood, probably close to 50/50 seafood & rice.  Very well cooked & delicious, one of the best we've had (we usually go to Torinos for our last day lunch but the weather was 'orrid, so we went into town) 
The interior is rustic/modern, very fresh & clean.  Service was friendly & efficient. 
We'd go back.
Try it.
« Last Edit: November 03, 2015, 11:35:57 am by Dave Diggler »

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2015, 16:33:27 pm »
Agree with all the good comments having eaten here twice last Sunday and Monday evening, as silent running mentions the interior design is contemporary yet the food and service is very traditional, great fish one night and melt in your mouth tenderloin the next and the most reasonable house wine at 6 euro for a bottle  ;) I have come across in such surroundings.

The second night we had reserved a table upstairs and ended up in the outside upstairs area where there was a couple both smoking which we found unpleasant so moved back downstairs which is actually more atmospheric and good for people watching.

Will return.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2015, 15:07:29 pm »
We went here at end of Sept with friends.
Lovely décor, we could not get a table on the balcony but more than pleased with the lower level.  Service was very friendly although our waiter was obviously new and we had to make sure he had the order correct as he kept repeating the wrong item.   Our fault we should learn Spanish.   The food was superb and luckily 2 of our party only chose the sirloin starter as the main for it was more of a main size.   The bill was reasonable with our drinks think €20 a head.
Being a new restaurant you would expect the kitchen to be pristine and that is exactly what it is.   We were staying down the lane from the back door and we could look into the kitchen.   Every day they seemed to be doing a deep clean.
Yes we will go back.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2016, 20:55:21 pm »
We ate there last week and were impressed.

The food was lovely and not at all expensive, with a good choice of well priced wine and the décor is top notch.

 It really has upped the competition for the best restaurant in El Cotillo. (It's now my favourite)

Joel, the waiter from Cap Verde, was really helpful and made the evening even more enjoyable.

Well done El Callao.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2016, 09:05:13 am »
We ate here last night and were all really impressed. Firstly the service was excellent, our waiter was informative and attentive and the menu offers a good range of dishes. Our meals were excellent. The decor and ambience is really nice too.

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Re: El Callao
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 20:27:34 pm »
Ate here last week, enjoyed the tuna steak and can recommend the artisan Tierra de Perros summer ale which I had with it. A nice alternative to a white wine. I liked the decor, the service was good and the bill was very reasonable. Will definitely go again.