4 Aug 2020

Back! Tapas Bar & Restaurant

This was a covid time visit to Back! where David Olivas and Fabián Villar, chef and sommelier, respectively, are the creators of Back! A colourful and modern restaurant, with a focus on traditional and updated Andalucían cuisine.

Although it does state, that this is a tapas bar and restaurant, it is probably more of a restaurant.

The menu caters for tapas, sharing plates, set menus and new inventive culinary creations.

On this occasion, we had the Menu, Grand Back 2020 (9 steps for €55)

Artisan brown bread, fermented for 24 hours and white bread fermented for 12 hours.

Finger food

Eggs fro...

9 Jul 2020

Mundaka is a Basque Country town and municipality located in the province of Biscay.

On the coast, Mundaka, is a working port and is internationally renowned for its surfing scene.

The port is in the centre point of the town, from there, the old part of the town grew.

All the houses are medieval with fishermen's houses, always looking out to sea.

 The port has many small boats.

Mundaka is well renowned world wide for its quality of surf. Huge swells roll in from the Bay of Biscay and slam into the rocky coastline of the Basque Countryside. The estuary at Mundaka has created a perfect sandbar which forms hollow...

29 Jan 2020

To find a nice lunch in the sun, with a view to the sea, head east, along the coastal road from Málaga for about 6 km and you will arrive in Pedregalejo. It's a pleasent walk a or short taxi ride from Málaga centre.

 Looking back towards Málaga City 

Just before you get to Pedregalejo you will see Baños del Carmen, a summer seaside resort that was opened for the rich and famous in 1918. The still beautiful building and its ruined gardens are now a restaurant and bar looking out to sea and is a great spot for a drink to watch the sunset.

The still, very traditional village of Pedregalejo has kept its local characte...

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...

21 Oct 2019

Restaurante Vistas 

We had a short hop over the border into Portugal for a round of golf at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club. The course is set on over 400 hectares in the East Algarve countryside, this refined country club with villa accommodations is 9 km from the Praia da Manta Rota beach and 13 km from Castle of Castro Marim.

We topped off our afternoon on one of Europe's best golf course with dinner at Restaurante Vistas, set with stunning views over the course. We were warmly welcomed and the professionalism of the waiting staff stood out all night.

The quality of the food is probably worthy of a Michelin star. The...

14 Oct 2019

Zahara de Los Atúnes is a fishing village and also a summer tourist resort with a fantastic, Atlantic facing beach. The village is appropriately named after the fish because of the local and traditional seasonal La Almadraba (an age-old Phoenician technique for trapping and catching Atlantic bluefin tuna in elaborate nets. This technique was introduced by the Moors and takes place every May and June around which there are many fiestas). 

In a land that so honours the pig, Zahara’s red tuna is granted the title "The Ibérico of the sea".

As ever in Spain, it can leave the dedicated vegetarian feeling hungry, even the pl...

13 Oct 2019

Pristine sand and dunes with a few good restaurants await you at playa de Bolonia.

It is a surfers beach all year round, backed by the remains of a Roman settlement (The ruins of Baleo Claudia 380BC). 

The town, for the next three centuries, had a huge theatre with temples dedicated to Juno, Jupiter, Minerva and the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Romans being equal-opportunity believers.

On the shore were the circular stone vats used to salt the tuna. 

Restaurante Las Rejas

At one end of the stunning beach, you will find this characterful family-run restaurant, serving fresh fish and seafood.

On this visit in October 2019 we...

12 Oct 2019

Barbate

This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.

The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...

9 Sep 2019

TABERNA ABASTOS 2.0

We have been to this excellent restaurant a few times before, which is located literally in the farmers market in town, giving them access to fresh ingredients every day.

They announce proudly that they do not have a fridge in the restaurant.

This unique restaurant comes as something of a surprise as it occupies six small market stalls, which have been given a smart modern facelift.

In order to enjoy the personalised menus here, you'll need to book the only table ahead of time.

We had some very fresh

Langoustines (scampi)

Berberechos (cockles)

Pulpo (octopus)

Each dish is a unique gastronomic experience w...

13 Aug 2019

Casa Julian

This place is a un-remarkable, easy to miss little restaurant, in little known Tolosa, 28 km inland from San Sebastián. 

Once you find it and walk in you will think you are in the wrong place, You will see an area containing several fridges and a load of crates and are likely to turn around and walk out again until you are greeted warmly and seated in the old fashioned dining room that doesn't look like it's changed much in a century.

The steaks are cooked to order here, in front of every diner.

Topped with a extremely large dose of coarse salt, which is then scraped off before serving (the steaks are n...

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