11 Jul 2020

 O CURRO DA PARRA

This restaurant is located in a the old part of town in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela, very close to the old market, the Mercado de Abastos de Santiago (from which they stock on a daily basis).

This trendy and contemporary restaurant has two areas. A casual, wine and tapas bar on the ground floor

And a more formal, small but cosy dining room on the first floor of this old house

From here you can enjoy a new take on Galician dishes from the open kitchen. Also, there is a small outside patio to sit for a pleasant lunch or evening meal when the weather lets you.

Some of the tapas availab...

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...

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...

20 Dec 2019

For this visit to San Sebastian in early December, we concentrated on pintxos rather than sit down meals. We started our pintxo tour in the Parte Viejo (old town). We always prefer hot pintxos as they are made to order. There is not a problem with the pintxos on the bar but you may eat too much bread!

We tend to have no more than two pintxos and a glass of wine or beer per bar, so as, not to be too full, to early. The best time to go to the pintxo bars is 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm.

We stayed in the Hotel Niza, set opposite Playa de La Concha. 

which has wonderful views from the bedroom balcony.

We then strolled...

27 Jun 2019

RESTAURANTE ELKANO           1 Michelin Star 

Getaria is the picture postcard Basque Country fishing village, that produced designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Plácido Domingo’s mother and Juan Sebastián Elcano (who was the first mariner to circumnavigate the globe).

Getaria fishing port.

 You can wander down the old streets to the harbour.

 Walking past various shops selling their wares.

There are a couple of nice beaches in and around the town.

Set on a crossroads above the harbour, Restaurante Elkano is currently rated as number 30 in the Best fifty restaurants in the world 2019 list.

See h...

26 Jul 2018

HOTEL NIZA

What Eastbourne hotels could learn from Hotel Niza would fill a telephone directory. It’s got the seafront location you want and the period facade that every kiss-me-quick hotel needs.

The bedrooms are fresh, airy and stylish, in an untrendy way

The front rooms overlook the promenade and the stunning playa de la Concha

 The view to the right takes in the parte vieja (old town) and harbour

It is a lovely spot to sit out and watch the world go by whilst having a glass of Basque vino.

A word of warning, the ocean view rooms do not have air con because you are told the breeze from the ocean should be enough. T...

30 Mar 2018

HOTEL CASA DE LAS CUATRO TORRES

Cádiz is a city and port in south-west Spain. It’s the capital of the province of Cádiz, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalucia.

The city is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe. Despite its unique site, on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea‚ Cádiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks.

The older part of Cádiz within the remnants of the city walls is commonly referred to as the Casco Antiguo (old town).

This excellent...

20 Mar 2018

GANDARIAS JATETXEA

 This is one of our favourite bars in Donostia parte vieja (San Sebastián old town)

You will find excellent old style top quality pintxos in this always buzzy traditional bar and restaurant 

The bar is always laden with pintxos or you can order freshly cooked hot options.

Gulas (fake elvers (baby eels)

These pintxos are always good:

Gernikako piperra (Gernika peppers)

(these are seasonal and available in summer only and not hot like Padrón peppers)

Setas con jamón (Mushrooms and Jamón)

Pintxo gilda (guindilla pepper, green olive and fresh anchovy - named after Rita Haywood - hot, tall and spicy)

Anchoa...

9 Feb 2018

BAR PACO BUENO

This is a very traditional, social club, old school style Pintxo bar. There are always many local families here, the young to the very old mixing amongst the tourists. The bar is big on boxing, rugby and Basque rowing with lots of old memorabilia on the surrounding walls.

It is run by owner Paco Bueno (who was a boxer in his younger days ) and his sons.

It's lively, entertaining and a friendly atmosphere.

The specialties are deep fried seafood like calamares, but the prized dish is the deep fried gambas, you need to wait for them to come up piping hot, but be quick as they are soon snapped up!  

Drink...

18 Jan 2017

La Taperia - Mesón del Asador (formally Pulpo y Aparte)

If you are looking for grilled and or octopus in Jerez de la Frontera, this is the place to come.

If you like pulpo (octopus) you will not go wrong in finding this smart little tapas bar. They have different options, from healthy boiled traditional Pulpo a Feira to pan fried versions.

The excellent Pulpo a Feira here is so good you would almost think you are in some little pulpeira in cool Galicia rather then the baking hot sherry town of Jerez de la Frontera.

There are also excellent grilled meats like chuletón de vaca retinta

 or chuletón de buey

Also try Pimentos...

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