14 Oct 2018

A three day trip across the border into France took us to southeastern region with stays in Lyon and Vienne (located 35 kilometres south of Lyon, on the river Rhône) 

Our second restaurant on the trip was to 


The restaurant is 9km from Vienne. You need to cross Pont routier de Lattre de Tassigny to get out of town, heading towards the village of Givors. You will see the restaurant on the right hand side a few km before Givors. 

This roadside establishment founded in 1822 was once home to the "Mères" Dumas' stoves.

In winter you can enjoy the chef's speciality, which is...

12 May 2018


As you approach this restaurant, which is in a slightly out of the way location along the main coastal road between Agua Amarga and Carboneras, you may think you are entering someone's back garden.

That is exactly what it feels like if you dine outside in the evening, where you can sit in the courtyard on lovely tables in the shade of pomegranate trees  and enjoy the stunning sunset and the view back to Agua Amarga over the sea.

Inside you will find two, more formal rooms and a bar area

On this evening in early May, we chose to sit inside and started with:

Anchoas del cantábrico con pan tomate (Cantab...

28 Oct 2017


Chef Jon Ortega is at the stove grilling sensational looking gambas, hake, monkfish, turbot and T-Bone steaks. Famous for its spider crabs which it keeps in the basement this has become a place for trendy thirty something’s. 

Look out for the Ibiza style chill out to be added soon.

The food is traditional so if you order turbot or red sea bream, that its what you get, no extras, but expertly cooked.

The menu is quite spider crab based, but so it should be with such a great product

Starters include

Tortilla de bacalao (salt cod omelette)
Revuelto de ajo fresco y txangurro (scrambled eggs with fresh g...

28 Sep 2017


If you are looking for a great, chilled place to stay outside the hustle and bustle of Sant Antoni then head for Hostal La Torre. Set high up on a cliff called the Cap Neget looking out towards the luscious blue Mediterranean about 4 km outside Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio).

Luscious gardens

The terrace provides a stunning panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding area.

It has a nice courtyard garden area to the rear and a lovely restaurant, with a wonderful terrace which has stunning panoramic views out to sea and the illa sa Conillera where the sun sets directly in front of you to the sound o...

17 Sep 2017


We had driven past the sign for Asador Izaskun lurking above the trees on the motorway the day before and I said to friends in the car that looks like it could be a nice restaurant. Without realising, this was to be our third and final restaurant visit on our short trip to Sax in Alicante to visit our friend Howard Goldsmith.

On arrival we found a restaurant set in beautiful surroundings with manicured gardens.

We where taken to a large dinning room with large window views to the gardens.

The restaurant can be used for large banquets, weddings etc.

The restaurant is Basque influenced and specialises in gri...

15 Aug 2017


On the way from Eivissa to Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, for those who wish to dress up in a sophisticated atmosphere, a night out at Restaurnate Ama Lur (this means "Mother Earth" in Basque) is a must.

Once you enter the restaurant you will be embraced by Basque decorations for the interior with sophisticated Mediterranean accents, who are simple but it also says that the place is delicate.

The two dining rooms and the romantic garden, are decorated in the same style and most of the people who come here enjoy this classic setting, the place being full every evening.

It's a very classy Spanish affair,...

30 May 2017

Restaurante Ca's Pages

This is one of the most historic northern Ibiza restaurants. It is run by two sisters, Carmen and Lucia and dates from 1972. It is located in the basement of the family home and in the shaded planted back garden.

The outdoor, partly covered seating is beautiful, full of green plants and if you come early you have a great choice of seating. There are big, long tables for families or a romantic small table set up in one of the hidden corners.

On colder days you'll find a cosy spot inside the restaurant itself which has a great log fire off season.
The food concept is simple: You order whatever...

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