Hotel Contessa is already one of San Antonio’s most gorgeous and luxurious hotels. This Mediterranean-style hotel and spa offers guests a true getaway – so much so that you may feel like you’ve left the continent. With their superior amenities, service and stunning rooftop pool, you probably didn’t think the Contessa could get any better. But then, their in-house restaurant Las Ramblas rolled out a brand new menu, including an extensive tapas selection that is truly one of the best in San Antonio!
Located directly on the riverwalk, this upscale restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and makes the perfect destination for those with an adventurous palate. The dishes are largely influenced by Moroccan and Spanish flavors, but the chef adds his own spin to these easily identifiable classics. Order a variety of cold and hot tapas and share . . . or don’t. You may not want to!
Las Ramblas — Photo courtesy of Hotel Contessa
The Contessa recently acquired Executive Chef Jordan Mackey, and he is the visionary who is responsible for the exciting changes. Chef Mackey has graced restaurants all over the country from Seattle to Miami and Naples with his culinary prowess, and now he's on the verge of transforming Las Ramblas into a local hot spot!
Start your meal at Las Ramblas off right with the Embutidos y Quesos of cured Spanish meats and cheeses. The jamon serrano, or cured Spanish ham, is to-die-for. The Moroccan Wargas of roasted chicken, spinach, feta and pine nuts rolled in crispy phyllo dough and topped with eggplant sauce, popcorn shoots and charmoula aioli as well as the Spanish crispy fish known as Merluza are extremely popular.
If you thought wings were just for football games, think again. The Harissa-spiced Morrocan Wings, which are cooked to perfection, are unique and out of this world, as is the Crab-stuffed Piquillo Peppers, which are served with marcona almonds and romesco. Divine!
For those more interested in the drink menu, the good news is that Contessa’s head mixologist has been hard at work also developing a brand new drink menu, including a rose Sangria made with kefir lime-infused pear nectar and muddled strawberries. Grab your honey and a sangria (or two!), and luxuriate on one of the comfy couches in Contessa’s Cork Bar.
As if that’s not enough, the Contessa is gearing up for significant renovations to start in the spring of 2014, which will involve a massive upgrade to all the public areas, including suites and meeting spaces. Whether you’re planning a trip now or after the big changes, prepare for the time of your life!