A new eating place was recently added to Ronda’s not inconsiderable gastronomic offering. De Locos Tapas is an absolute delight and we are thrilled to have it on our doorstep. They specialise in small plates which we love – sampling small amounts of many different tastes is a wonderful way to eat. As Sancho Panza said “muchos pocos hacen un mucho.”
Before I tell you about the food, however, a word about the setting for it is magical.
Entering the old town of Ronda, one passes the barrio of San Francisco. An open square with a diminutive statue of the eponymous saint overlooked by the 13th century city gate called the Puerta de Almocabar (named after the Moorish cemetary that was just there, outside the city walls). The square is surrounded by eating places, a couple of which are on our favourites list. And now, De Locos Tapas, another superlative offering joins them.
Come with me through the old gates and there, right in front of you, before you get to the fortress-like church of Espiritu Santo, is De Locos Tapas where Guillermo has raised the pleasant custom of tapas to new exciting heights.
Sitting outside in the shelter of the ancient walls, being served delicious wine by a charming host was fabulous. As we sipped, we selected tapas from a blackboard listing about twenty or more tapas, old favourites and innovative creations.
We started with salmorejo and, having just been in the salmorejo homeland of Cordoba, felt qualified to recognise a good one from an indifferent. Guillermo’s was excellent.
At his suggestion we ordered four or five tapas at a time. And they just kept coming. After about twenty different little bites, we had reached the FULL mark.
Our special favourites were duck breast with membrillo and smoked salmon with a most decorative carrot rose.
and a playful multilayered mini hamburguesa.
Check it out. You won’t be disappointed, I promise you.