El Pulguilla is a very popular tapas bar and eatery on calle Cristo, invariably packed inside (air conditioned) and outside on the huge terrace. The tapas are excellent. This time, though, it was time to have a meal out on the terrace.
It is a fairly simple menu of raciones (rations) and platos combinados (meals) and the prices are very reasonable – unless you want Turbot at €40 per plate!!!
We ordered a fillet of beef, clams and some fried boquerones (anchovies), along with a pot or two of alioli (basically a sort of garlic mayo).
However, things don’t always go to plan and we had to summon the waitress and return the dish of (small) clams as there was almost more sand in the shells than fish. We got the impression this was not the first time this had occurred because she was not at all surprised and seemed to know exactly what we were going to say.
After quite some time the dish had not returned, so we once again had to summon the waitress who explained that they had decided not to provide a fresh plate of clams because it was highly likely they would have the same problem. Would have been nice if this had been mentioned as the rest of the food had been consumed before we found this out.
So we ordered a plate of filetillos (pork fillets) as a replacement. So, three meal items, two pots of alioli, two pints and two regular beers came to 38 euros. As I said at the beginning, simple fare at a reasonable price. The ‘glitch’ aside, not too bad. Wouldn’t choose it for a special meal/outing, but for a general nosh at lunchtime or at the end of the evening, particularly with a largish group, quite adequate.