19 Feb 2020


If you fancy something big and meaty in the evening, (sorry vegetarians but this is probably not for you!) drive up restaurant road, officially known as Carretera San Joan de Labritja, (it‘s the second to last restaurant on the left, on the stretch of road going to the village of San Joan de Labritja from Eivissa (Ibiza Town). If you count down the kilometre roadside posts, it is at 15.4km.

Here,  you will find Camí de Balàfia, which is set back off the main road opposite Ca Na Pepeta, which is also good.

This restaurant represents the real Ibicencan (even hippy) spirit of Ibiza. You eat...

27 Feb 2018


A cosy and intimate tapas bar and restaurant just five minutes walk from the main shopping streets situated in calle Jesús del Gran Poder.

Thanks to owners Juan Gómez and Jeanine Merrill (who hails from California) it has a deserved reputation for excellent food and service.

There are two menus, one seasonal, and one that changes every week or even daily, depending on what looks good and fresh at the market.

Like a lot of places, it has tapas at the bar, and full or half raciones at the tables.

You only have to walk in and look at the seafood on the counter to see its amazing freshness.

We had

12 x Ostras Frances...

21 Oct 2017


This little restaurant was the second traditional place we visited on our short trip to Lisbon.

You need to walk past all the aggressive street touts who stand with their menu with pictures of food in this street and find this restaurant, which is at the end of Rua dos Correeiros. It can be hard work, making your way up the Rua dos Correeiros, even if you avoid any eye contact, you will have a menu thrust under your nose. Fortunately, if you are coming from the Praça do Comércio end of the street, this is the first restaurant you will encounter.

Once there you will find a very classic small restaurant with a...

20 Oct 2017

We went to three restaurants on our short trip to Lisbon to watch the Benfica v Manchester United Champions League match. Two are traditional and one a modern take on Portuguese cuisine. The first was the very traditional


This is a hidden restaurant on the outskirts of Monsanto, where you can enjoy delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine, and where, in Lisbon, some of the best grilled fish is served.

It as been a family business for three generations and is in a remote run down residential area in Buraca, it is not easy to find and definitely off the tourist track. Even the taxi’s with satnav still...

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...

11 Sep 2017

Restaurante La Torreta

We visited this traditional road side restaurant in the Sax / Elda area of Alicante on the recommendation of our friend, Howard Goldsmith, who has lived in the area for 12 years.

It is run by two very friendly sisters who were our hosts for the day.

There is a large indoor seating room and a shaded outside terrace area for when the weather is good, which seems to be almost all of the time around here.

On this occasion we ate inside as the weather was a bit inclement, although on leaving the sun was back to its best.

The food was excellent and good value for the price

We started with a plate of grill...

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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