Casa Los Pinos is situated along the narrowest bit of road near the golf course in Cortijo Grande – A most unprepossessing position. From the outside the restaurant looks like a bar, but inside it is an artistic delight. The owner chief is a lovely lady from the Dominican Republic, who continued her education by completing a degree in journalism at Madrid University. She then practised her skills in that Cosmopolitan capital for five years.
Tiring of the pressures of a report’s life she sought refuge in Milan where she developed her artistic bent and trained to be a painter. All along she told me she had a passion for cooking, which she was only able to practise intermittently, until, because of the cut and thrust of life and relationships, she was able to indulge her passion professionally.
She has run Casa Los Pinos for five years and during that time according to friends has consistently produced simple well cooked food. So it was with high expectations that we visited her restaurant.
Josepha, as she is called, gave us a very warm welcome and seated us in the main room, surrounded by her own pictures and an eclectic range of books piled round the room. She explained that they belong to her sometime helper Nicholas. There is also an outside area used during the summer. We were immediately offered the menu and a wine list but were assured that the house wine was very drinkable, and so it proved. The menus consisted of a limited number, always a good sign, of simple dishes. We both chose melon and prescuitto ham, for starters, followed by steak pie and halibut as main courses.
The wine arrived decanted, a nice touch, together with warm crusty bread and alioli. The wine is drunk in large goblets, enhancing the quality of ordinary wine and the table was dressed damask napkins, adding a touch of style, and having the effect of making us feel special. The starters arrived and we both agreed that they were very good indeed and we confirmed this agreement with the main courses. We rounded off the meal with fruit crumble which was lovely. The bill was very reasonable, and she even complimented this by offering us a digestive. We had had a most enjoyable evening.
Casa Los Pinos is Open every evening from 7pm except Sundays
and bookings can be made on (0034) 619 136 877