I’m with Gino and, unusually, we are not heading to a curry house. Gino has gone all mediterranean on me and so we are going to Los Gatos for tapas. I’ve been to Los Gatos many times before but not since they moved into larger premises. I used to like the tight, dark squeeze of their old restaurant but it was often difficult to get in and the menu was limited.
Even though it is busy in Old Town tonight – we manage to get a table and start by ordering two bottles of a local favourite, Ramsbury Gold. A light golden ale, ideal for washing down the piquant flavours of Spain.
The menu is far broader than it used to be and we order a more than modest range of dishes: a sharing platter of cecina beef, pata negra ham, tetilla cheese, mahón cheese and pickled peppers; milhojas – layers of puff pastry filled with blue cheese & wild mushrooms; pescado borracho – hake in beer batter with saffron mayo; gambas – prawns fried in olive oil with garlic & chilli; fried aubergine chips with sea salt & honey; and a spanish tortilla (eggs not wheat).
All the dishes are good but the milhojas and the hake are fantastic. We are well looked after by Luciana – who, despite the restaurant being packed and short staffed, manages to check regularly that everything is ok and that we are enjoying ourselves……we are!