The restaurant in the crosshairs today is Casino El Cobre. No, it’s not an actual casino, that’s just its name. If you hadn’t guessed by the name, it is the canteen that’s at the mine, and it is run by Sodexo, (who you may remember from earlier this year). So, what can you expect?
Well, it’s somewhat self service, with a dinner lady giving you your main course (from a choice of two or three). However, there only seem to be about four or five items in total, so the menu couldn’t be described as innovative or diverse. Don’t get me wrong though, the food is very edible, although it does tend to be a little on the salty side. The main courses are usually not quite hot enough, but there are microwaves provided to heat it up a bit should you need to which is good.
Typically for your main course you can expect some sort of meat with pasta/potato, or a sort of frankfurter and lentil soup mixture. Soup is also available as a first course/side dish, and is good, especially in the winter, and there are often croutons available too, however it does all taste the same, and seems to vary only in colour, but don’t get me wrong, I do like it. Self service side salads are there should you want, with oil, vinegar, and lemon juice to add to taste. Pudding is good if you like mousse or jelly (luckily for me I love jelly so that’s ok), and there’s fresh fruit available too.
It’s very good value for money as well, and it’s cost me £0.00 in total so far. The décor is as you’d expect from a canteen, but there are some posters dotted about (mainly to do with safe working practices). Music adds to the ambience, with all sorts of music being offered (including The Beatles).
Overall, I give it a thumbs up!