27 Jun 2019

RESTAURANTE ELKANO           1 Michelin Star 

Getaria is the picture postcard Basque Country fishing village, that produced designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Plácido Domingo’s mother and Juan Sebastián Elcano (who was the first mariner to circumnavigate the globe).

Getaria fishing port.

 You can wander down the old streets to the harbour.

 Walking past various shops selling their wares.

There are a couple of nice beaches in and around the town.

Set on a crossroads above the harbour, Restaurante Elkano is currently rated as number 30 in the Best fifty restaurants in the world 2019 list.

See h...

26 Jun 2019

ASADOR ETXEBARRI           1 Michelin Star

Not the easiest place to find, this beautiful, rustic, restored stone house, is a couple of km out of town. It has a bar at the entrance on the ground floor and a couple of stunning dining rooms on the first floor.

All the high quality produce is cooked on various charcoal grills by the renowned chef Victor Arguinzoniz who well deserves his one Michelin star. There is no molecular stuff here, just fresh quality food with their unique flavours enhanced from the smoke and grill.  

Currently rated as number 3 in the Best fifty res...

14 Apr 2019

BARRAFINA          1 Michelin Star

Barrafina has moved to a new address in Soho, from Frith street to  

26-27 Dean Street, Soho, London.

We thought we would give the new venue a try on this midweek evening in March 2019.

As usual it was busy, so we had to wait 45 mins to be seated. Once we were, these are a few of the dishes that we tried.

Pimientos de Padron and Jamón croquetas.

 Paletila Ibérica

Lenguado en salsa de almendra (sole in almond Sauce)

Solomillo Rubia Gallega (sirloin steak from Galicia)

The food is still very good and the atmosphere is still very buzzy.

This visit is a follow up to...

26 Nov 2018


We had an interesting and excellent vegetarian meal at this newly awarded one Michelin star restaurant run by chef Rodrigo de la Calle, who has worked at various Michelin starred restaurants over the years, especially with Martín Berasategui at his eponymous restaurant in Lasarte.

We chose the #VegetaliaPower menu at €135 (there are other menus at €95 and €65) which include, water, bread, cheeses and the pairing of their own drinks and or wines, coffees, infusions and table service.

“The aim of the kitchen is to use the vegetal nature, respect of the prod...

16 Jun 2017


This restaurant, which has one Michelin star in the 2017 rating, is sat right at the end of this stunning little surfers beach in the seaside town of Salinas on the Asturian coast.

The restaurant has been in this town for three generations, since 1916. It was previously situated in the middle of town before moving to its panoramic location at the end of the the beach. The restaurant has around 120 covers spread over a couple of rooms, including one looking out towards the beach and ocean

Chef Isaac Loya dishes up Asturian classics as well as his original and invigorating twists on...

6 Oct 2016

EL CORRAL DEL INDIANU          1 Michelin Star

The entrance to this excellent restaurant is on the very unassuming main street of the small town of Arriondas which is 12 km inland from the coastal town of Ribadesella. You walk in to find a contemporary, rustic style dining room and a glass-fronted conservatory situated at the back.

Chef José Campoviejo serves a innovative tasting menu inspired by traditional Asturian cuisine (like Cabrales cheese, anchovies and fabada (Asturian bean stew) as well as a concise á la carte.

A friendly priced tasting menu (€77) would be something like this:

Tortu co...

10 Feb 2016

José Carlos Garcia   1 Michelin Star

Located in the new shopping district opposite the Muelle Uno marina, the restaurant’s dining room tables overlook the yachts and boats moored inside La Puerto de Málaga.

It has a designer inspired decor featuring a profusion of glass. The open glass kitchen allows the diners to see the chefs at work.

There are three dining rooms, the big windowed front dinning room overlooking the port.

The back dinning room is more multi-purpose in character and can also be used for larger groups.

There is a beautiful vertical garden that gives the space a fresh Mediterranean feel

along with a co...

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