Lo Pagan - El Rubio 360
26/06 - Nick Thorold
Had a wonderful meal last night at El Rubio 360 in Lo Pagan.
Kicked off ironically with a cold bottle of French champagne in a Spanish restaurant to toast the UK voting to leave the EU.
We had booked for 8.00pm intending to avoid the local rush, arriving at 7.30 we took drinks on the outside terrace, huge comfy sofas and glass walled surrounding gave wonderful views of the Mar Menor and also La Manga on the lovely clear evening.
Starters were exceptional, fresh scallops, clams, Iberian ham, were bought for the table rather than individual selections. The bread was warm, and the accompanied aioli was very well seasoned and more garlicky than you would normally expect but it was scrumptious.
Lobster risotto for 2, hake with fresh wild garlic and rice, 2 superbly cooked rib eye steaks, and 2 charcoal cooked dorado complete the mains.
House red was very good, beer very cold, Gin and tonics were very generous.
Desserts were cheesecake Spanish style which meant the base was sprinkled on the top with a purée of fresh blueberries, deep fried milk with ice cream, and millefeuille (puff pastry slices with cream and custard filling).
Service from starters to getting all main courses out was a little slow, 5-6 minute wait from first main arriving to last arriving on the table is not normal for any eatery, but turning round we saw why ! The whole restaurant had got packed very quickly, extra staff were soon pulled in and normal expected order was quickly resumed. Worth a 9 /10 and at around 40 euros a head all in was value. Atmosphere was good, the crowd was very mixed but mainly 30 years plus, very few children. High standard of cleanliness. Cutlery was immaculate. Drinks very competitively priced for such a nice restaurant.