A Best Chiringuito: Take Your Seats
Where is There A Best Chiringuito?
In El Palo, Malaga, one finds a Beach Treasure. Tintero, 2.
It used to fit the Bueno, Bonito y Barato
bill (great, lovely and cheap), in fact, eating here is a True Beach Luxury
. Aim to arrive for just before 2pm.
Fishing for Ingredients for Lunch
Finding The Restaurant
Careful attention is required. Leave Malaga on the coastal road
going towards Nerja. The route passes through scattered beach hamlets. You seek 'El Palo.' Keep on the right side.
Drive slowly (the road feeds unexpectedly into a coastal highway, which sweeps round from above; turning around is not easy), if unfamiliar to the area.
Almost There: A small bridge with traffic lights, discerns how the road forks into the highway. Seek a sharp 90 degree right-hand turn off, though, from the traffic lights you cannot see it. KNOW it is there.
El Tintero, 2's Bill Board.
A car park encircles the restaurant.
Heavenly seaside ozone fuses with the waft of freshly grilled fish. Three braziers burn enormous logs.
Got to be Hot Work Here!
Working Three Massive Barbeques
At the Same Time
If you can wait, don't order. Just get your drinks. The menu will unfold before your eyes...
Plates line the walls...
They seem fond of the 7 x table here! 7€uros, 14€uros, 21€uros.
Can You see those 7 X Tabled Plates?
Paco the Chiringuito crooner
Why You May Ask
BTW this restaurant is not a place for an intimate conversation! It gets REALLY noisy...
At 2pm The Show Takes Place
Irrespective of whether there were/are many guests, the kitchens
and the barbeques have worked non-stop, preparing a vast menu.
Waiters appear laden with varied dishes - the same sizes that line the walls.
Each waiter carries a different fish dish. They walk the chiringuito's rows and yell their wares.
'Yo tengo boquerones...', 'I've got Anchovies.'
'Conchas FINAS, Conchas Finas,' 'Pink Clams, Pink Clams',
(these BTW are raw, dress them with a squeeze of the lemon).
¿'Quien, quiere calamares...'?, 'Who, wants squid?'
'Espeto de Sardinas recien hechas', 'Freshly grilled spit of Sardines.'
'Yo tengo berenjenas, comida light...', 'I've got fried eggplant, light-food.'
'Rape, quien, quiere Rape?', 'Monkfish, anyone for monkfish?'
Diners appear like magic. Plates are sold instantly. Waiters come out with more and more dishes, the volume increases, as the fresh-fish-dish auction evolves.
One note we would like to advise you of:
The expensive dishes like the grilled monkfish: it is a good idea to tell stop a waiter, sporting that dish, and explain (pretend) you wish to have that but that you follow a salt-free diet, could you have your fish prepared - without salt. He will bring you the next one prepared without salt.
(Hola, sigo un regimen hipo-sodico, quisiera este plato, preparado 'sin sal.')
Otherwise, the food is Excellent!
Diners polished their plates within minutes. Whether there was a world-wide financial crisis that day: we couldn't tell. Every-sized plate disappeared!
One comes to the Tintero, 2: to EAT and enjoy. Lots of families come. There is a great atmosphere.
One Thing that may Surprize You
Dishes are not cleared... Stack them in case you wish to order something else.
Every waiter wears regulation black and white.
One has a blue shirt. Unexpectedly, he mingles and yells LOUDER than the others,
'¡Y, Yo COBRO!'
HE takes your money. Catch his attention, he adds up the glasses, plates and their size (no menu history here) and hands you the total.
My partner, has a theory that this chiringuito 'benefited' from the Junta's enforced proper flooring and buidling laws. He says: imagine how many empty plates were buried in the sand before!
Desert is not served with the fish dishes. For that go inside and chose from the refrigerated goods. You pay there for desert, coffee and liquors.
Outside the Tintero, is a wonderful park of exercise machines which Malaga Town Hall has given to the local population, encouraging the older generations to stretch their limbs.
It's a great way to finish an ideal meal. OR enjoy a stroll on the beach.
Restaurante "TINTERO 11"
Playas del Dedo, s/n,
952 20 68 26
952 29 28 81
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