restaurante los cuatro postes
Situated in downtown Santa Cruz, the unassuming frontage of this restaurant conceals a very upmarket dining establishment, so much so that it is frequented by what could be described as the "elite" of the city.
Upon entering, you may be struck by the predominantly pink colour scheme and the fact that the rooms actually appear cluttered with all manner of memorabilia. This is reflected in the fact that the dining room houses only 30 diners!
So, a semblance of intimacy is created and, as a testimony to its popularity, the walls are literally crammed with photos of customers - some famous.
The business is, to some extent, a family affair. Run by Joaquin Santos Escribano and Sagrario Paul Judge, the kitchen is manned by Sagrario's son, Raul, who has been apprenticed to his father for about 10 years. They hail from the city of Salamanca, which is in the west of mainland Spain and their dishes reflect the cuisine of the area they left behind.
Such is the quality of the food this restaurant offers, it is hailed by many as the best in the city.
On offer are such delicacies as Galician lobster, clams in white wine sauce, baked sea bass, beef tenderloin, roast leg of lamb and roast suckling pig.
There is also an extensive selection of both starters and desserts.
The restaurant also boasts an excellent wine cellar which, again, is recognised as one of Santa Cruz's best.
The venue is very popular for lunchtime dining, where is frequented predominantly by businessmen.
At evening time, the restaurant promises a sophisticated, romantic experience.
For reservations, telephone (+34) 922 287394
This restaurant is found on the one-way street, Calle Emilio Calzadilla. To get to it by car is quite complicated, due to Santa Cruz's maze of other one-way streets. You need to firstly be travelling along Rambla General Franco in an easterly direction. You need to turn right off this just after the Hotel Contemporaneo (with a set of flag poles on first floor level). You're now on a narrow one-way street. Stay straight on on this for a good while (even if you have to cross other main streets). Look out for a shop on the right called "Spinnaker" and turn right there. Take the next left and you'll see the restaurant on your right. Oh, I forgot to mention, there's nowhere to park.
If you're already in Santa Cruz and can walk it, a good reference point from which to start is the Parque Garcia Sanabria (the south corner). Walk down the street to the right of Clinica Parque. Turn left by a shop called "Brush". Turn right at the main street you come to, walk down there for a bit, then turn left where there's a shop called "Ecuador". After a while, the road forks and you should take the right one. You're now on the street containing the restaurant and you should eventually see it, on the right.
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