Strange. The last few months have seen a number of my old “favourite” restaurants reopen, either with the same owners, old format, or new owners, old format. And Orsoca restaurant in Turre is just the latest to arise from the ashes.
I last reviewed Orsoca last year, when it was without doubt one of the worse run, and foulest restaurants in the area. (See previous review). Sinking to the depths of deprivation, the “management” (I use the term loosely) erected large garish hand written signs advertising such excitements as “Sky TV” and “Pints 1.50€”. To the fury of local residents.
Anyhow, eventually their money ran out and they departed. I made a bid for the local, but lost out to a very pleasant young Spanish couple from Alicante who have just reopened. She serves, he cooks. No hard feeling, I know how much the rent is and it hurts.
It was with trepidation that I ventured back one lunchtime for, obviously, lunch. I pottered around, in surprise. The place has been heavily redecorated, in exactly the same décor as before. The new owners were very sniffy about how they found the place. I say nothing, except to mention that the phrases “deep steam clean”, “a lot of it” and “a small skip” were mentioned. The place is spotless now, and when I sneaked a peak into the kitchen it shone like a small sun.
They have done their homework, and Maria the Matriarch has guided them well. The menu is a mixture between a decent a la carte and a raciones menu. Decent tapas on the bar counter as well. I forgot to ask if they charge extra for the tapas with drinks or if they are included. Should they be included then Mr Jackson and assorted friends will be a firm fixture at the counter.
We went for the old formula and ordered a selection of raciones to share. They were, in a word, delicious. The Jibia was the best we have tried all year. Salad, the cuttlefish to which I previously alluded, sardines, magra and more were delivered. Bloody delicious, well cooked, well presented and, again, delicious.
I shall try it once more before recommending it unreservedly. I do want to give the main meals a try. But hey, so far I like it. And it’s a pity that Adelina, which isn’t overly good, is full when they aren’t. So go on, give them a try.
Restaurant Orsoca, Turre
Av Almeria, 36
Turre 04639 Almeria (up the main road toward the cemetery, on the left in front of Adelina).
Tlf 950 479 132