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Los Javiers, Cabopino

Mama Maria cooks up a storm at this family-run gem

Family-run restaurant worth visiting

The leaflet advertised delicious tapas, traditional cuisine and homemade deserts made by Mama Maria.

We’d been in for a drink and saw how much people liked the food on neighbouring tables.

So, we had to try for ourselves. We picked a Wednesday night and it was quiet.

Another couple were in a corner table and there was us.

It was too cold to sit outside or even in the covered, lane-like space adjacent to the restaurant.

Inside, are around 30 seats but it is intimate and homely and the menu is more than sufficient.

Ox tail and lamb and various fish dishes featured in my thought process, but the beef stew was the final choice.

It arrived soon after piping hot and with a generous portion of chips.

Peas and tomatoes were integral parts of the tasty mix and the beef was perfectly cooked, you put your fork into it and it fell apart.

Pam picked a beef escalope packed with cheese and ham and covered with a huge portion of creamy mushroom sauce.

Once again, the meat was cooked to perfection and the chips also met with approval.

She could not finish the sauce but Mama came out of the kitchen and sat a few feet away.

We praised the meal. Then we declined the dessert but we were happy and she was satisfied as most of their customers seem to be.

The young couple told Mama they would be back before the end of their vacation.

It may not be in on the harbourside and not as stylish as some of the restaurants in the port, but it is situated in a pleasant square and well worth trying.

 

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