3 Sep 2020

Two Michelin Stars

SKINA

This is a minuscule restaurant in the old quarter of marbella which we visited during the Covid-19 mask wearing times of 2020. It offers an interesting and bold approach to top-quality gastronomy.

The cusine is traditionally inspired,  showcasing meticulous technique and ingredients of the highest quality.

The food is nothing less than sublime.

We had excellent, knowledgeable and friendly service from our waiter, Jesús, and the rest of the staff.

The restaurant held one Michelin star for ten years and now currently holds two, which is very well deserved.

We had the menú a la carte, which inclu...

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...

29 Jul 2020

RESTAURANTE CA n’ESMERALDA 

This restaurant has been here for a couple of years now, and is hidden away from the main town area of Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio Abad), near the end of Cala de Bou, overlooking San Antonio Bay.

After our two of visits in 2018, we returned in July 2020, just after the slight easing of Covid Lockdown. You were allowed to remove your masks to eat, which would have been quite difficult, otherwise! 

 Masks at the ready.

We popped in for a light lunch, (do we really have light lunches!) and tried the following.

Pan alioli

Pata de pulpo (octopus and potatoes)

Ta...

24 Jul 2020

RESTAURANTE CAN PUJOL

This restaurant is next to the sea, in Cala de Bou, on a stretch of rocky coastline, at the far end of the bay of Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio Abad) but is in the jurisdiction of Sant Josep de sa Talaia (San José).

It started, as a small snack bar over thirty years ago. 

It is nan,a no-frills restaurant, serving superb seafood.

With an open kitchen you can see all the chefs at work.

There is a live tank, where you can choose your lobster if you wish.

You must try El Bullit de Peix con Arroz a Banda de Can Pujol, which is the house classic.

The dish comes in two courses:  A soup-like, firs...

11 Jul 2020

Capote y Toros Ham & Sherry Bar 

This little offspring of Cambio de Tercio, just along the road, is a lively little tapas bar specialising in sherry and Jamón but also serving other delicious tapas.

From the small menu you can try:

The wonderful 5J Cinco Jotas Jabugo Jamón Iberico de Bellota or the chorizos and other charcuterie.

The patatas bravas here are served in all of their 4 restaurants and tapas bars. Small new potatoes are hollowed out and filled with smooth tomato bravas sauce, topped with a luscious dollop of spiky alioli.

Croquetas de Jamón (ham and béchamel croquettes)

Tartar atún (tuna tartar, avocado &...

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...

31 Jan 2020

KALEJA 

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...

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...

10 Jan 2020

LA RIOJA - LOGROÑO PINCHOS BAR CRAWL 

On our recent trip to La Rioja we decided to take a pinchos bar crawl down the famous Calle Laurel in Logroño. These were our favourite bars and bites on this very busy and pleasant evening in December.

BAR CID 

Travesía de Laurel, 1, 26001 Logroño, La Rioja

Quite literally a hole in the wall and very easy to walk past. The very traditional Bar Cid has vines and grapes dangling from the wooden beam ceiling, above the same duo of old men hanging out at the bar every night.

Serving up one pincho only, grilled mushrooms (setas a la plancha).

Serving up one pincho...

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...

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