THEY bought a job-lot of it ‘for a joke’ while on a regular shopping trip to the coast.
But they couldn’t believe it when their new dish of kangaroo steak was literally hopping off the menu.
“It was a huge surprise,” explained American Robin Wiatt, who runs the La Carmela restaurant with her Danish husband in Estepa. “We bought it as a joke, but also because we wanted to do something different.
“Our Spanish chef thought we were crazy, but it has been a huge success.”
The Texan, who worked for 15 years in media sales in Los Angeles, insists that the new dish tastes like venison or filet mignon.
Now her restaurant’s challenge is to serve as many different types of meat as possible, including ostrich and buffalo.
The eaterie, which opened in April, has already been a big hit with the locals for its creative tapas, decorative interior and ‘a la brasa’ style of cooking.
“In Estepa, there are not a lot of options for food,” says Wiatt. “We serve traditional Spanish food, but with an international flair. It seems to be working.”