5 Jul 2020

It is not easy to have tapas bar crawl in Marbella. At least, not in the strict sense of the term, as the bars are not very close together. So we were pleasantly surprised with our evening  stroll in mid-January.

The geography of the town is quite peculier, without a clearly defined old town or centre, which means, there can be a bit of walking between bars. There are various styles here, including tapas and pintxos, markets and seafood cuisine, from traditional small wineries, to flash, gaudy looking, new designer gastro bars.

Please note, it is always best to try and avoid the franchises, which are ruining...

31 Jan 2020


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...

2 Dec 2019

We came to Canto, which is a recent creation of Simon Shaw of El Gata Negro Tapas fame, on an unusually  sunny Sunday Lunchtime In Manchester, for a meal, before going to the football at Old Trafford later that day.

You will find this younger sibling of Simon‘s, in the heart of Manchesters latest to be redeveloped neighbourhood, Ancoats, on Cutting Room Square.

It is quite a stunning, large space, with blue Portuguese tiles, which reminded me of a recent visit to Braga.

They use the finest seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and from Europe creating small dishes, great for sharing.

Head Chef Carlos Gomes is...

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