Even in the very rural village of Yunquera, you can find some truly wonderful restaurants.
Our favourite is owned by our friend Juanjo and his family – the Restaurant Miguelín & Miguel. Its location is odd by our standards – on the edge of an industrial estate. However, it has proven to be a canny location. He gets loads of guys in for lunch – the famous “menu del dia”, which is a 3 course lunch with drink for 7.50 euros. (most restaurants in Spain offer a menu del dia – it is fabulous value for money, and always hot and delicious food).
The restaurant is right on the main road, so it captures all those tourists coming from the coast, or from Ronda via the mountain road. Whenever it snows here, ‘coasties’ pile into their cars and drive to Yunquera to catch a glimpse of the snow. So Juanjo’s restaurant is packed – after all, looking at snow is bound to make you hungry! And in the summer, coasties come for the slightly cooler weather (and ditto on the food/cooler weather combination).
Juanjo’s family also owns a bar in the center of town. This was our ‘local’ when we first moved to the village, and Juanjo’s father, Miguel, was one of our first friends here. He taught us many of the rules of the village, as well as correcting our Spanish!
Anyway, the reason I mention this restaurant is that we ate dinner there Saturday night. We had the best steak I’ve ever tasted – tender and juicy, cooked to perfection in his new wood-fired oven. We shared a steak, then brought home the trimmings for our very grateful boxer dogs!
And so to a quick recipe – fried aubergines:
Take an aubergine (eggplant) and slice thinly. Soak in salt water for 10 minutes; rinse and drain. Dip in egg, then dredge with flour. Fry in abundant hot olive oil until lightly brown on both sides. Drain on paper towel for a few minutes, then serve hot and lightly drizzled with honey.
Food of the gods!