Our journey through Tamariu restaurants continued with a visit to Can Tonet – the number two rated restaurant on TripAdvisor. I like the look of this place – they welcome in customers and are very informal. There is a sports bar feel with music playing in the background – we had The Pixies all the way through to Queen.
They offer a set menu for €16 which is advertised on the blackboard out front of the restaurant. We’d had a €25 menu at El Clots which was a pretty good benchmark but Can Tonet is a different proposition. They also do cocktails for a bit of fun and house wine is a fabulous €7 euros. The setting is just up from the beach – you can see the sea past two or three other restaurants but it is no more than 100 yards from getting your toes wet.
We started with Calamari a la Romana and some garlic prawns. Both were good. The batter on the calamari was crisp and hot and there were six good prawns in shells in a buttery sauce – simple food done well.
For the main I decided to try the Catalan speciality of fideua. I’d seen it in a few places and thought it was time to try. It’s similar to paella but made with pasta noodles rather than rice. We used to make a similar thing for the kids when they were younger – “pizza pasta pie” using spaghetti. The crisp of the roasted pasta makes a nice texture. There is something about the way that they serve paella and fideua here – it’s very brown and earthy. It makes the dish look unappealing and makes it hard for other flavours to break through. It’s almost like there is a huge stock pot in the kitchen that has been operating all summer and is near the end of the season. Things keep being added (possibly some gravy browning). Needless to say I didn’t enjoy fideua. I am quite happy to say that it just may be that I like my paella and fideua to be lighter and more touristy rather than the authentic way. There wasn’t a lot of fish in the fideua here either which may be the sign of making it fit on a €16 euro menu. My daughter had a perfectly acceptable hake fillet with salsa verde and chips.
The dessert options were lengthy. I went for “cheese and honey” and guessed correctly. I love the beautiful, light and creamy goat’s cheeses and I’d seen the cheese van delivering earlier. I got a lovely slightly grainy fresh cream cheese which was delicious with the honey dressing the plate. I happily ate it with a teaspoon. There was a decent creme brûlée, flam and profiteroles (which had unsurprisingly been frozen).
This is great value for €16 euros which included the house wine and water. I chose wrongly with the fideua but at least I have tried it. In terms of an all-round experience it was good. The waiter apologised for delays because they were short-staffed but we didn’t experience any!