There used to be a branch of El Piano in York which people raved about: Dr HH and I went there once and found it a bit overrated. I was intrigued to see that they also had a branch in Granada, and was curious as to how similar the two would be. Alas, our take on the Spanish branch was much the same, though I will say that their crockery was top notch!
Dr HH was substantially hungrier than I was, so he opted for a set lunch which started with a slice of quiche. At the counter it looked quite tempting, but it turned out to be sorely lacking in base, which is always a disappointment. Everybody loves some nice, crisp pastry!
And he was powerless to resist a plate of deep-fried goodies! The plate included falafel, pakora and bhajis, and Dr HH found them pleasantly crispy but not the most flavoursome he’d ever had.
I was very much in the mood for tortilla while I was in Spain, so I was pleased with this mighty slab. It was really nice – I liked the texture, but thought it could have done with a touch more seasoning for flavour. Still, I’m happy I ordered it.
Even though it was a big wedge of tortilla, I still had room for chocolate cake! It was extremely rich and chocolatey, which is just what I’d wanted. Dr HH was less keen on his orange cake, which was nicely baked but had bitter orange rind on top that was tricky to deal with. Neither of the lived up to the chocolate orange cake I tried down the road in Sevilla!
We washed down our meals with a mug of Granada chai, which I would not recommend. It was good frothy milk, but the flavour was just weird. I’m not really sure what it was supposed to be, but I was hoping for the warming, familiar spices of a chai latte and that was definitely not what we got!
All in all the food was solid but unspectacular. We ate quite heartily and it was a nice relaxing atmosphere, which was just what we needed after a long morning exploring the Alhambra.
And just look at those tiles! Every holiday snap can be elevated by a stylish tiled background, can’t it?! The Alhambra was really beautiful, and we were fortunate to see it on a day with perfect blue sky and blazing October sunshine. We can safely say that the Granada sights are significantly better than Granada chai!