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...

30 Jul 2020

CAFETERIA CAN JORDI - LAS PUERTAS DEL CIELO

A Covid time return, to this great spot in July 2020.

We have been coming to this great little restaurant in the pine forest of Santa Agnés for many years now and always receive a great welcome and good Ibicencan food and wine at decent prices.

On this occasion, we had,

Ensalada payesa (local Salad)

Nido calamar (squid nest)

Rotja (scorpion fish)

Followed by fideuà,

similar to seafood paella but made with pasta noodles instead of rice.

On this occasion, washed down, by an excellent bottle of Mocen Verdejo 2019 D.O. Rueda, which I had not tried before.

We had the usu...

23 Jul 2020

Hostal Marino

On our return to Hostal Marino in July 2020, after a couple of years of absence, we came across a few changes.

The outside of the hostal had completely changed. 

This, I believe, was for local legislation regarding balconies being made more secure and slightly higher.

But inside was the biggest change, the swimming pool was not there anymore!

This is because, the hosta, are building a new 27 room 4-star hotel in the space next door, which is taking part of the area where the swimming pool was. The new hotel will have a swimming pool on the roof and guests at Hostal Marino will be able to use it. There...

11 Jul 2020

The coastline in and around Ribadesella is a mixture of large sandy beaches and small coves.

Playa de Vega is a very unspoiled spot just outside this sidra obsessed picturesque town.

A café bar and snack kiosk, provide drinks and ice cream.

For a special lunch there, try this superb fish restaurant.

All the staples are there,

Almejas (clams)

Gambas (prawns)

Sardinas (sardines)

Cetollu (spider crab)

Pulpo a feria (octopus in the style of the fair)

Calamares a la plancha (grilled squid)

Lenguado (sole)

Bonito (tuna)

Rodaballo (turbot)

Murluza (hake)

Dorada (gilthead bream)

Cola de Pixín (various baked or grilled fish)

The restaurant i...

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...

23 Jun 2020

HOSTAL RESTAURANTE CAPRI

Located around 100 metres from the seafront in the little tourist village of Es Pujols, this restuarant/hostal is one of oldest (since 1963) on the island and has always been owned by the same family.

If you are looking for 100% fresh fish, seafood and rice dishes, and a non-hectic, calming place with white tablecloths and pressed napkins in a relaxed atmosphere, where cooks are trained and know what they are doing, well, you have come to the right place. Capri is all about food and service, with no pretence.

The old school staff are really attentive, friendly and professional.

It is in a beauti...

22 Jun 2020

SA CAPELLA

Often described by people in the know and the many famous celebrities who visit the Island, restaurant Sa Capella, is thier favourite in Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio). It's not actually in the lively and much maligned town itself, but a few km outside, on the way to Cala Salada and Santa Agnés,  in the lovely Ibicencan countryside.

It is one of the most delightful restaurant's on the island with a great decor and fantastic ambiance, it is situated in a converted late 16th century chapel. Inside there are small booths around the main cavernous room which has low lighting and candles. I...

14 May 2020

Can Salinas Manuel El Rey de la Fideuà

Wonderful Valencian style paella and fideuà are served at this family run restaurant away from the busy summer crowds of Ibiza on the way to ses Salinas beach and its famous chiringuitos like Sa Trinxa and Jockey Club.

Start with the local pan y aioli

Fideuà is a dialectal pronunciation of the Valencian or Catalan word fideuada (which means a large number of noodles) it is a seafood dish originally from the coast of Valencia which is similar to paella (paella is actually the name of the pan it is cooked in) and even more to arròs a banda, but with noodles instead of rice. The main...

19 Feb 2020

RESTAURANT CAMI DE BALAFIA

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...

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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