30 Jul 2020

RESTAURANTE ES VENTALL  

A return to Sant Antoni during the Covid hit summer of 2020 saw us return to one of our favourite restaurants in town.

On this balmy July evening, everyone was sitting in the garden area as we tucked into the following,

Croquetas de gambas (prawn croquettes)

Atún tartar (tuna tartar)

 Hummus

 Berenjena tempura (aubergine tempura)

 Costilla cerdo (de-boned pork ribs)

 Paletilla de cordero (10 hours, slow cooked, shoulder of lamb)

 Parrillada de pescados (grilled fish)

 Espuma de greixonera (a foam version of the local bread pudding)

 Bizcocho semiliquida 

The wine, was a pleasant, Jose Par...

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

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...

26 Jun 2019

Two Michelin Stars

DISFRUTAR 

Disfrutar has just received its second Michelin Star and really lives up to its name (it means enjoy in English). 

Currently rated as number 9 in the Best fifty restaurants in the world 2019 list.

See here for full list  www.theworlds50best.com

This restaurant is situated away from the main tourist area of Barcelona. Once you step into the restaurant you really feel like you are taking centre stage. The initial contact with the staff is very warming.

The restaurant is small at the front but opens up at the back. There is a large kitchen in the middle.

Some tables in the fro...

21 Apr 2019

RESTAURANT GRESCA


This restaurant is a hidden gem. From its very discreet tiny entrance you would hardly guess that this could be, a fantastic culinary trip. But then again as we know, great food comes in small portions.

We arrived early on a Monday night for a 9 pm booking and the place looked like it was closed, so we went for a drink around the corner. On our return there was still only one other diner, we were suspecting a quiet night.

Within half an hour the place was full, including ex Barcelona footballer and TV pundit Gary Lineker. He obviously had local knowledge.

The main room, which is plainly...

13 Sep 2017

TITAS GASTROBAR

This is the second restaurant we were taken to by our friend Howard Goldsmith, who lives in the area. It is a completely different experience to the first one, which was very traditional, but both are very good in their own way.  

Titas gastrobar is in the old historic centre of Villena and serves tasty and well presented food whether you are vegan, vegetarian or carnivore.

There's a real buzz about the place with lots of locals sharing tapas at the bar. This gastrobar has a typical trendy modern bar layout, bright, busy and noisy and would not seem out of place in Soho, London.

There is an extensiv...

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...

20 Dec 2016

A FUEGO NEGRO

At the back of the  parte vieja (old town), the red and black scheme is as elegant as the food, which is miniature cuisine at its most exquisite.

Grab a stool at the bar and try the delicacies on the counter  or anything exciting looking that is emerging from the small kitchen.

Try:

Olives with a splash of vermouth inside

A shot of shrimp soup

Ham coffee with gizzard cookies followed by icy blobs of spider crab.

Mini Burgers

T-bone popcorn salad 

Wash down with a glass of Txacoli (the slightly sparkling Basque white wine).

There is also a chefs 14 course tasting menu.

A little more expensive then others in the ar...

10 Feb 2016

AIRE GASTROBAR

An attractive, trendy restaurant on two levels, Gastrobar (terrazzo y plata baja) with seating area downstairs and a more formal restaurant dinning room (plant alta) upstairs.

The dishes offered are very elaborated, refined and tasty, a new take and modern interpretation of Andalucian food.

You can start with snacks, like the excellent

Croquetas baby de choco con alioli de ajos asados (baby squid croquettes with roasted garlic alioli)

Samosa de cabollita dulce y avellanas con puré de Manzano y canela (samosa of sweet onions and hazelnuts with apple and cinnamon sauce)

Rollitos craniates de Langostinos con h...

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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