This restaurant at the top of the old high street has been recommended to me on various occasions. This always concerns me, the chance that regardless of the hype, it can never quite live up.
I arrived to a warm welcome as I awaited my lunch partner and although not someone that is concerned with being on their own, I know many are and this restaurant could not be less intimidating.
Seeing two local friendly faces, it felt like a good start.
The menu had much to choose from, which is the point of tapas, enough for you want to want a few of their small dishes to please both/all parties, but the menu is not overwhelming enough for you to take hours trying to choose. You get the sense that you could eat everything one their spread out over a few visits.
We opted for the Albondigas, meat balls served in a tomato sauce. Simply delicious and could have been eaten all on it's own with a bit of bread to soak up the sauce.
We also shared Patatas Bravas -potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce, A portion of the House Paella, Olives, Setas al Ajillo - Mushrooms with Garlic and Piquillos Rellenos - stuffed peppers.
Taps is the perfect way to eat if you like sharing your food and having lots of different dishes. So many Tapas restaurants don't quite get in right but El Cortador have nailed it.
Dishes range from £2.50 to £4, and with two glasses of wine and a beer lunch came to £27.90
I would be happy here in company or alone and I will be back. That is a promise.
El Cortador, 41 The Old High Street, Folkestone, CT20 1RL