3 Sep 2020

Two Michelin Stars


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...

14 Apr 2019

elBulli - 3 Michelin Stars

This is an old one from 2009, but it's good to look back sometimes, especially when the restaurant is no more. This review is from the world renowned elBulli which closed in 2011 and was run by the famous Catalan chef Ferran Adriá.

The restaurant was around 7 km outside the town of Roses on the Costa Brava coast.

You will spend a hair raising taxi drive along the coast road before getting to the restaurant which sits alone above the small bay of Cala Montjoi in an old Catalan finca.

Looking across to Cala Monjoi

The real elBulli.............

 Chefs at work in the kitchen. There we...

11 Jun 2018

Two Michelin Stars

Casa Marcial

The drive to the restaurant, which is situated in the heart of the mountains is accessed via a narrow road in the beautiful Asturian countryside and the views are amazing.

Beware of the narrow winding roads where you'll have to be careful of grazing cows and sheep.

The restaurant itself has a modest façade which provides a contrast to its elegant stone interior and exposed wooden beams and a few contemporary decorative details.

 There is an attractive bar area.

Two Michelin starred chef Nacho Manzano, prepares creative regional cuisine using only the finest top quality ingredients. The che...

3 Dec 2017

El Celler de Can Roca

3 Michelin Stars

The second part of the trip to catalunya in 2009, this time to the Roca brothers restaurant in Girona, which has been rated  number one in the world on a few occasions. 

El Celler de Can Roca is a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain which was opened in 1986 by the Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. It was first located next to their parent's restaurant Can Roca, but moved to its current purpose built building in 2007. It has been received warmly by critics, and currently holds three Michelin stars.

Some of the 7 snacks plus 11 cour...

27 May 2017

Sa Brisa Gastro Bar

With entrances on the Passeig de Vara de Rey and Carrer des Caló d’en Reial, this is a new, clean, interesting, lively and comfortable tapas bar.

They serve up an inventive menu, try

Croquetas (served in a visually stunning chandelier like structure, which holds each croqueta and their corresponding sauce in small glass bowls on different levels as though they were expensive jewellery)

Caesar salad (Their own our version of this classic that was invented in Mexico)

Squid with dried fish (films of dried fish flickering curiously, due to their reaction with moisture)

Dried local fish, sundried tomatoes...

11 Nov 2016


Chef Mikel Peinador’s small restaurant is located in a back alley loft off of La Rambla and serves excellent innovative food in a wonderful environment. The restaurant is like some quirky host's home and it does indeed feel like an house dinner party. You feel you are in his home and he is cooking just for you.

The loft is decorated with many interesting artifacts and close personal attention to detail.

The only menu is the tasting menu and everything is down to Mikel, who buys the top quality food for the day at a local market so everything is always going to be fresh.

Mikel personally explains each course as...

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...

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