3 Sep 2020

Two Michelin Stars

SKINA

This is a minuscule restaurant in the old quarter of marbella which we visited during the Covid-19 mask wearing times of 2020. It offers an interesting and bold approach to top-quality gastronomy.

The cusine is traditionally inspired,  showcasing meticulous technique and ingredients of the highest quality.

The food is nothing less than sublime.

We had excellent, knowledgeable and friendly service from our waiter, Jesús, and the rest of the staff.

The restaurant held one Michelin star for ten years and now currently holds two, which is very well deserved.

We had the menú a la carte, which inclu...

4 Aug 2020

Back! Tapas Bar & Restaurant

This was a covid time visit to Back! where David Olivas and Fabián Villar, chef and sommelier, respectively, are the creators of Back! A colourful and modern restaurant, with a focus on traditional and updated Andalucían cuisine.

Although it does state, that this is a tapas bar and restaurant, it is probably more of a restaurant.

The menu caters for tapas, sharing plates, set menus and new inventive culinary creations.

On this occasion, we had the Menu, Grand Back 2020 (9 steps for €55)

Artisan brown bread, fermented for 24 hours and white bread fermented for 12 hours.

Finger food

Eggs fro...

7 Jul 2020

This is a review from 2015, the restaurant has moved to new premises and has now, Three Michelin Stars. 

APONIENTE

Calle Francisco Cossi Ochoa, 11500 El Puerto de Sta María, Cádiz

+34 956 85 18 70

www.aponiente.com

Chef de Mar Ángel León Gonzales now, has his third Michelin star in this ultra modern restaurant, which he has recently moved into. It is, a converted 18th century flour mill, overlooking the estuary and most appropriately looks out to sea, by the banks of the Guadalete River.

The old restaurant is now an up-market tapas bar/restaurant and is called

LA TABERNA DEL CHEF DEL MAR

Calle Puerto Escondido, 6,...

5 Jul 2020

It is not easy to have tapas bar crawl in Marbella. At least, not in the strict sense of the term, as the bars are not very close together. So we were pleasantly surprised with our evening  stroll in mid-January.

The geography of the town is quite peculier, without a clearly defined old town or centre, which means, there can be a bit of walking between bars. There are various styles here, including tapas and pintxos, markets and seafood cuisine, from traditional small wineries, to flash, gaudy looking, new designer gastro bars.

Please note, it is always best to try and avoid the franchises, which are ruining...

23 Jun 2020

TABERNA CASA MANTECA

Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, with archaeological remains dating back 3100 years.  Founded by the Phoenicians, it was the trading port with the Americas during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This famous spot in the Casco Antiguo (the older part of Cádiz is within the remnants of the city walls and is commonly referred to as the Old Town) it is an old school restaurant and tapas bar (the name means house of Lard!).

It is steeped in history and its walls are like an atmospheric art gallery from a bygone age, covered with various bullfighting memor...

20 Jun 2020

BODEGAS REAL TESORO Y VALDESPINO - A visiti in April 2018

This is an excellent bodega to tour, getting an all round view of sherry production and other associated activities. 

To start  the tour of the bodegas facilities, you will meet in the main reception area.

You will then be taken through the world of Sherry wines, across the different wine cellars.

Marqués del Real Tesoro.

Marqués del Real Tesoro

Valdespino.

This bodgea is huge, classical music is played to the sherry gently, throughout the day.

 

The bodega is a beautiful building, built only recently but it recreates an authentic 18th century bodega perfectly. It is...

18 May 2020

BODEGAS PEDRO DOMECQ

 A visit from July 2015

The Pedro Domecq Bodega (famous for Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Terry’s Brandy and Fundador Sherries) is a really interesting experience that can be arranged shortly before visiting.

The guides speak good English and give a very in-depth guided tour around the bodega, explaining, how the different types of sherry and brandy are produced and stored, bottled and marketed under their different brand names.

The solera system is explained, where a third of the wine is drawn from the oldest barrel at the bottom of the solera for bottling and replenished with a third from the next...

31 Jan 2020

KALEJA 

This restaurant is Chef Dani Carnero’s new venture. Kaleja is a gastronomic restaurant located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter and based on reinterpretations of the traditional Málaga recipe book and enhancement of humble ingredients that have sometimes disappeared from large restaurants, such as beans, lentils etc.

There are two different dining areas in the restaurant, where three menus are offered. “it is a kitchen for everyone” says Dani , who continues to run his other restaurant La Cosmopolita, also located in the historic centre of Málaga.

One table is set in the kitchen and has a capacity for a t...

29 Jan 2020

To find a nice lunch in the sun, with a view to the sea, head east, along the coastal road from Málaga for about 6 km and you will arrive in Pedregalejo. It's a pleasent walk a or short taxi ride from Málaga centre.

 Looking back towards Málaga City 

Just before you get to Pedregalejo you will see Baños del Carmen, a summer seaside resort that was opened for the rich and famous in 1918. The still beautiful building and its ruined gardens are now a restaurant and bar looking out to sea and is a great spot for a drink to watch the sunset.

The still, very traditional village of Pedregalejo has kept its local characte...

29 Jan 2020

LA COSMOPOLITA MALAGUEÑA 

This place is a great little spot just off the calle Granada in the centre of Málaga old town. 

The decor is very clean, with a traditional twist. You can have tapas at the bar or sit in the main restaurant. There is also an outside terrace for warm evenings.

We returned one evening in January 2020 for a few late night tapas at the bar, where we enjoyed

Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad)

 Bacalao (deep fried cod) 

Albóndigas de cola de toro en salsa (bull tail meatballs in gravy)

 Tres Picos wine from Campo de Borja

 This was followed by Queso Reserva de Familia

Tarta de queso (cheesecake)

 Service w...

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