20 June 2015
Address: Paseo de la Playa 28, Alcalá de los Gazules
Tel: (+34) 695 83 45 65
Tuesdays to Fridays 8 am- 4 pm, 7 pm till late.
Saturdays and Sundays 9 am - 4 pm, 7 pm till late.
Closed on Mondays.
Sample menu items
Most items are available either in small portions (tapas) for around €3, or large platefuls to share (between €8 and €12).
Atún rojo - Atlantic bluefin tuna, caught off the Costa de la Luz
Carrilladas - braised pork cheeks, tender and delicious.
Chicharrones - deep-fried chunks of pork with crispy skin attached.
Chuletitas de cordero - tiny tasty lamb chops
Croquetas - home-made croquettes, various fillings - a speciality of the house
Entrecot de ternera - entrecôte steak
Gulas al ajillo con pimientos del piquillo - mock elvers (baby eels) in garlic with piquillo peppers
Lomo de bacalao - fillet of cod
Medallones de solomillo al PX - rounds of pork tenderloin in sherry sauce.
Pollo a la mostaza verde - chicken with a green mustard sauce.
Queso "emborrao" - tangy locally-produced goat's cheese, matured in an olive oil marinade.
Revuelta de berenjena al queso fundido - scrambled eggs with aubergine (eggplant), topped with melted cheese.
There is also a range of products from the Iberian pig (cerdo ibérico), the ultimate free-range meat as they graze freely amongst the oak trees on the dehesas. Some of the cuts don't translate into English but this gives a rough idea:
Lagarto ibérico - strips of fillet from between the ribs
Presa ibérica - the best cut, from the shoulder
Secreto ibérico - a fillet cut from between the shoulder and the loin
Solomillo ibérico - tenderloin
Chorizo ibérico - Spain's best known sausage, flavoured with paprika
Jamón ibérico de bellota - air-dried ham, succulent and tasty, from pigs fed on acorns.
La Auténtica's wine list includes a young red (joven), a mature red (crianza) and a Chardonnay from the Bodega Entrechuelos, near Jerez de la Frontera; three Riojas (two red and one white) from Bodega Patrocinio; a Ribera del Duero from Cinema Wines; a crisp white Verdejo, and a rosé Lambrusco. Prices range from €8.00 to €11.00 per bottle, €2.00-€2.50 per glass..
The restaurant offers a couple of set meals for two - croquettes, pork chops and a bottle of white wine for €16.90, or house salad, pork tenderloin and a bottle of red for €18.
Desserts (€3.50-.€4.00) include a creme caramel with figs and Pedro Jiménez (sweet sherry), chocolate pudding, and a cheesecake with quince jelly.