Yesterday I finished a piece on the Prince’s Garden and Casa del Labrador in Aranjuez Spain. While I can’t share that with you right now, I can share a restaurant that I recommended called El Rana Verde. The Green Frog. We spotted this restaurant in 2015 as we meandered around the city. While in Aranjuez a few months ago we had the opportunity to stop and eat. As we walked by on our way to the Prince’s Garden, the most delicious aromas assaulted my taste buds. We decided to stop at El Rana Verde on our way back from the park and my new “happy place”. I’m so glad we did. This photo is not the restaurant but is an original temple found in the Chinese Pond in the Prince’s garden. I knew you would like it also.
Isn’t this just so beautiful? The columns were sent from La Granja by Philip V. I digress (that is a gift although my husband would disagree). El Rana Verde is located on the Tagus river on Calle de el Raina. We sat on the terrace right on the banks of the river. The Royal Palace of Aranjuez was across the intersection. So much history in such a small area.
Speaking of history… Now, don’t hate on my scarf, it’s vintage from VSOExpress. I have been a scarf lover for decades as my little neck is always cold. I’ll be wearing them till the end of time. Just saying. I love the white linen table cloths and napkins. The view of the river is glorious.
We looked at the menu and decided to go with the menu del dia. This included a starter, entree, bread, dessert and a beverage. 35.99E (with IVA included) was reasonable considering the amount of food we were about to consume. For a thin woman, I can pack it away with the best of them.
I had salmon mousse and hubby had mushrooms in a rich, creamy sauce for our starters. Notice the fork in his hand. He had already started to eat. My mousse was very light and not fishy. Of course we tasted each other’s food. His was delicious also. I ate everything on my plate.
As we waited for our entree we were entertained by people on the river. I entertained them as well.
This is a tourist boat that turned around in front of our seats on the terrace. I was able to wave to the passengers on both sides of the boat. I even got a “toot” from the captain. The other diners applauded.
We watched people in their kayaks. This was a colorful group. We saw many tip over. I wonder if they are wearing such bright colors so they are visible in the water. Not everyone wore a life vest, not smart (said the cautious woman). In the background is the Prince’s Garden.
Now for the entree. I had Muslo de pavo (turkey drumstick with potatoes). Hubby had Pollo with assorted vegetables. We ate everything. Seriously. While waiting for dessert we chatted and watched the river.
This was the view across the river. Dessert arrives. I have mousse chocolat de mata (chocolate mousse) hubby has a strawberry tarte (Aranjuez is famous for its strawberries). Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pics of our dessert. I could blame it on the turkey but I had a second glass of wine and totally forgot. It was a working vacation…don’t judge.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Aranjuez (and I hope you do) make sure to visit. It’s not necessary to have a meal, a soda with this view would be awesome as well.
Have a great week! Thank you for stopping by.