I love the beach. You will know this if you’re a regular reader! So a fabulous restaurant right on the beach, well, that’s my idea of pure paradise. We try to visit Escuela de Pieter on the La Manga Strip every year. A tasty lunch followed by a dip in the beautifully warm Mar Menor and some relaxation time on one of their loungers (free to use if you eat in the restaurant). When in Spain…
The menu is wide-ranging with a great selection of meat and fish. It’s quite difficult to choose, so we pondered our options for quite some time. Luckily a gazpacho amuse bouche was delivered to help lessen the hunger pangs.
This is one of my favourite dishes. Simply three ingredients, perfectly cooked and all the flavours zing through. The baby lamb chops are served with the softest and tastiest of potatoes and grilled green peppers. They are very baby which means you have to eat them with your fingers…even better.
Eggs are much used in Spain cooking. Another simple dish, fried baby whitebait on another bed of softest potatoes with a freshly fried, piping hot egg atop. Cut into your egg and watch the orangeness of the yolk soak through. Totally yum!
And then there’s the garlic chicken and potatoes. Okay it doesn’t look that exciting but it’s amazing how bursting with flavour it is. The garlic has a lovely sweetness to it, and again potatoes and chicken are perfectly cooked.
And here’s the view! Grab a table at the front and settle in for lovely food. Beach life rules.
Pieter de Escuela is on the La Manga Strip overlooking the Mar Menor. It’s a long strip of land (manga means sleeve in Spanish), it’s near the 17km marker on the main road.