Dining in the cloisters

Last Saturday, we attended a ‘pop up’ restaurant in the cloisters of the Iglesia del Convento ‘Covento de San Antonio’. The building is truly beautiful and provided an idyllic atmosphere to enjoy a menu that was inspired by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Locally based, Chef Hernandez, is renowned for his Menu Degustacion (tasting menus) and is the Chef at La Paz Curro Lucena. His creativity and expertise never fails to deliver. This event saw Hernandez partner with another chef from the town, Chef Jesus from H&R Catering.

Hernandez’s latest venture is taking people ‘around the world’ each week with a different tasting menu. It’s proving very popular as people don’t want to miss out on the next experience and taste a bit of ‘that part of the world’.

The dishes at the Covento included: a welcome margarita; nachos with meat and a gratin of cheddar; a maize and peanut cookie with guacamole and crisp bread; a gouda cheese and chicken quesadilla and an enchilada style stuffed vol-au-vent with sweet jalapenos. After a refreshing frozen lemon drink to cleanse the palate, we had a ceviche of cod, with Mexican maize toasted with lime and sesame oil followed by a piece of pork loin on rice with a liquorice and black garlic sauce. The postre (dessert) was a maize ice cream.