|Abadia Retuerta – Michelin star Refectorio|
Food and service go hand-in-hand at Michelin star restaurant Refectorio. I had an excellent and elegant dining experience here. The whole of Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is set up to make you feel super relaxed in exquisite surroundings.
Refectorio is set in a long room with a high and gothic featured ceiling. The stone walls are the background to some beautiful antique original paintings. Even though it is large, there’s so much to see, and yet it doesn’t feel cluttered. The antique furniture sets off the room nicely. There are about ten dining tables; it feels intimate and yet spacious. As you enter the room, the back wall features a stunning fresco, and by the entrance, there is a bookcase displaying an original collection of books dating back the 12th Century.
The service is impeccable, friendly and elegant. The staff is knowledgeable about the food, wine and spa everywhere you go in this property. Customer service is second to none, they learn about your wishes and likes, and when you least expect it, they offer what you like throughout your stay. That’s what I call service!
My meal at Refectorio was beyond my expectations, perhaps one of the best meals I’ve had in Spain this year. The menu was matched with some of the Abadia Retuerta’s fine wines.
The first time I entered the room my jaw dropped, everything was so amazing. at the dinner I was directed to my table. I travel solo most of the time nowadays, but the staff made me feel at home. Every single dish was explained in detail, and the wines complimented the dishes so well. I had the Abadia Retuerta wines as I was reviewing everything ‘Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine’ and the matches were just superb.
The Meal at Refectorio
Crunch Toast with an intense gazpacho water (out of the picture)
Bread with olive oil ice cream spring onion and mint – amazing flavours matched with champagne
Mushroom cheese stunning umami flavours
Pickled quail encased in sugary eggshell – soft centre and sweet hard shell tasted so good
Cauliflower Soup with smoked trout, the clear soup is made with bones of the trout. smoky and textured fish was a delight served with Abadia Blanco de Garda wine
Leek hazelnut vinaigrette, roasted garlic croquettes, local mushrooms. This dish was full of textures, a mix of fresh and earthy umami flavours
Local Mushroom pork jowl Abadia pine nuts puree of mushrooms concentrated earthy flavours matched with Abadia Retuerta Touriga Nacional red wine
Cod with Iberico tripe sauce and turnip wine pairing Abadia Graciano, an intense wine to match the robust sauce. The combination of delicate fish and strong sauce made a exquisite visual appeal as well of element of surprise. Wine: Abadia Graciano 2013
Tender and juicy Lamb, mint and kale puree and coffee matched with Abadia Retuerta Pago Negralada 2014, Tempranillo
Bayonne (blue cheese) from Basque Country with whisky
Sheep’s cheese encased in a light, crisp case made with sheets cheese and rosemary topped black olive topping served with Late Harvest Syrah Vendimia Tardia 2014
Rosemary ice cream toffee honey and Abadia pine nuts
Floral tea with homemade chocolate lemon cream and toffee
I can’t recommend Refectorio enough. Ok, I get that the place is a bit remote, but it’s worth the pilgrimage, believe me! They have beautiful rooms and a very inviting bar. A stay at the hotel and Spa is also a must. For more on prices and how to get there: Abadia Retuerta – Refectorio
PS: A visit to their wine cellar is a must!
How to get there
LeDomaine is located in Spain’s north central
province of Castilla y León. It is situated on the banks of the River
Duero east of Valladolid in Ribera del Duero region.
Connected by plane to the airports of Valladolid “Villanubla” and Madrid “Barajas”.
By car from the airport of Valladolid to LeDomaine: 40 km.
By car from the airport of Madrid to LeDomaine: 220 km.
By High-Speed Train from Madrid “Chamartin” Station to Valladolid “Campo Grande” Station: 55 minutes.
By car from Valladolid “Campo Grande” Station to LeDomaine: 30 km.
GPS: 41º 36′ 54.95″ N, 4º 24′ 39″ W
Personalised transfer service on request.
47340 Sardon de Duero Valladolid,Spain
Tel: +34 983 680 368
Disclosure: I was a guest at Abadia Retuerta for review purposes, this press trip was organised by Magellan PR . All views are my own.