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I have never been to Spain, but I just watched Anthony Bourdains tour of Spain and the restaurants look so incredible. I would love to plan a tour of Spain with great restaurants and would love to hear other's recommendations.

 

 

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Firstly, I do not have a favourite restaurant, as that is far too limiting ... My favourite venue at a moment in time, depends on where I am, who I am with, how much time do I have for lunch, the budget at that time of the month etcetra ... However, since I reside and work in Madrid and have travelled extensively in the Iberian Peninsula -- here are some recommendations around the peninsula :

 

Andalusia:  El Poniente . Chef Ángel León . El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cádiz

 

Alicante:   El Poblet . Chef Quique Dacosta . Dénia, Alicante

Alicante City: Rest. Nou Moulin for rices ... This is where Adriá & gang chow down on rices

 

Girona:  El Celler de Can Roca . Chef Joan Roca . Girona Capital

 

La Rioja:  Hotel Echaurren . Chef Francis Paniego . Ezcharray, Southern La Rioja

 

Madrid:  Hotel Derby Urban 5 Star - Chef Joaquin Felipe . Madrid Centre

Madrid:  Chef Paco Roncero - disciple of Ferrán Adriá - several establishments

*** Estado Puro across from the Hotel Ritz and statue of Neptune

Madrid:  Chef Mario Sandoval - several establishments ( the youngest chef to have ever received a Michelin Star )

 

Aranjuez: ( southern town in Madrid ): Casa José - Chef Fernando del Cerro

Aranjuuez: Rodrigo de la calle : Chef of same name

 

Toledo:  Adolfo´s - several establishments

 

Barcelona:  Carme Ruscadella´s Restaurant

 

Barcelona: Chefs: Fermí Puig at Drolma in Hotel Majestic, Carles Abellán with a Gastro bar and several restaurants and Albert Adriá ´s Bars ... Check web for further details.

 

The Basque Country:  My first and foremost is Chef Pedro Subijana´s restaurant and hotel ... He is not only brilliant, he is dapper and wonderful. My next selection would be Elena Arzak, followed by Luis Andoni at Mugaritz and Martin Bersategui. *** All in San Sebastian.

Bilbao, Vizcaya:  The Guggenheim Museum Restaurant ... Chef Joseban.

 

Madrid has one of the oldest bar and restaurant cultures in the world ... thus, the range is uncountable ... Select one Michelin and bar bounce or tapas crawl, tasting the vast array of goodies on display ...

 

There is Sardinian native Ignazio Deias, who owns several Italian regional and Sardinian restaurants, and Saccomatto and Boccondivino in addition to his new Italian New York style trattoria are all phenomenal. This is the best Italian I have had outside of Italia on the old continent. Do not miss.

 

Margcata  

 

   

 

     

post #3 of 10

Salamanca -- You should go there and fall in love with it too. 

 

Chez Victor, La Aldaba, El Alquimista and La Hoja 21.  And, and, and, El Candil Viejo.

 

Chez Victor is a modern, high-end, Spanish restaurant.  It's very representative of the type.  Sometimes your meal will only be very good, and sometimes it can be much better.  My guess is that it's THE "fine dining" restaurant in Salamanca when it comes to important occasions and clients -- but even at Victor's (routinely) very high level, that can get a little old sometimes.  For you non-Spanish speakers, "Chez" is pronounced Chaith.  They hit their zetas hard in Salamanca.

 

La Aldaba is more specialized.  If you're into comparative beef breeds, and have an interest in Morucha, La Aldaba is the place. 

 

El Alquimista is eclectic, idiosyncratic and just plain fun with a very young and fresh feeling. 

 

La Hoja 21 for modern tapas.  Don't forget to have a glass of sherry.  Now some more.  And another.  Ole!  Now go to La Aldaba or El Candil, have dinner and a bottle of wine to help you sober up.  Don't worry, you can have brandy after.

 

El Candil Viejo, just a step off the Plaza Mayor, has been around for a very, very long time and is quite good.  The food is old fashioned, but still special, the atmosphere and location are too, and it's a great place to eat.  Good tapas, good bar, great sense of place, amazingly not touristy, perhaps the most Castilliano place in existence.  Fantastic atmosphere.  The cuisine is turn of the last century "boy food," and if you like meat you'll be one happy diner.   Sausage to die for, and Candil's suckling pig is better than anything I ever had in Madrid.

 

BDL

 

 

 


Edited by boar_d_laze - 10/9/11 at 11:17am
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The Parador Hotel Network ( 93 hotels in reformed anicent buildings owned by the Government since 1928 ) in Salamanca has a lovely restaurant featuring the freshest and seasonal specialties of Salamanca and the cuisine is always wonderful and guaranteed. Lunch runs about 30 Euros including wine, café and dessert, a starter, appetisers and the main course ... This is the best option in Salamanca, as this city caters to university students and thus, the food tends to be run of the mill ...   

post #5 of 10

 

 

TAPAS BARS - MADRID

 

The most famous streets in Madrid include:  Cava Baja and Cava Alta in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid´s downtown. I would drop by: upscale and local crowd pack the: Bar Diaz y Larrutz ( specialising in wines by the glass and seasonal products ), Posada de León Hotel Wine Bar, Schotis at cava Baja 11, for a taste of tradition, Casa Lucas which is one of my favourites in the city, Los Huevos de Casa Lucio, Viejo Madrid for a wine and Camarillo for the vanguard ...

 

On Cava Alta, is Matritum, with wonderful products and wines by the glass. 100 Wines on Calle Nuncio is also quite a worthwhile stop, with the latest in wines by the glass or bottle and seasonal fare.    

 

  

post #6 of 10

 

With and Without Michelin Stars, Spain's exemplary Restaurants and Tapas Bars

 

Gijon, Asturias ... Casa Victor

 

Nogueira de Ramunin, Orense, Galicia ... 2 Abotts located in the Hotel San Estevo Parador, a 10th century Benedictine Monastery and Cloisters

 

Montforte de Lemos, Lugo, Galicia ... Restaurante Don Pedro in the Monforte de Lemos Parador Hotel

 

Madrid ... El Cenador de Salvador * Chef Salvador Gallego

 

Barcelona ... Hoffman ... Chef Mey Hoffman

 

Madrid ... Lhardy 's

 

Barcelona ... Neichel 's

 

Alicante City ... Nou Manolin for rices on Calle Villegas 3 * where chefs chowdown for rices

 

Madrid ... Pedro Larumbe * the Navarran Chef

 

Santiago de La Compostela, Galicia ... Toni Vincente 's Restaurant Toni Vincente   

 

Madrid ... Zalacain ... Traditional regional Spanish and Basque

 

Madrid ... Diverxo  ... Chef David Munoz ... a tad overpriced  ...

 

Madrid ... Sacha ... this is where chefs dine, wine and exchange ... A carefully selected wine list ...

 

Madrid ... Ramon Freixa ... well known Barcelones Chef

 

Madrid ... Eneko Atxa ... well known Basque Chef

 

Madrid ... Rubaiyat ... Kobe and phenomenal steaks A to Z ...

 

Madrid ... El Chiscon de Castello ... The 7 Sins ... Regional Spanish with a sinful sensation of the modernity ...

 

Humanes, Madrid ... Coque ... Chef Mario Sandoval ...

 

Sevilla ... Casa Robles ...

 

Madrid ... Pan de Lujo ... Chef Alberto Chicote * English speaking Chef

 

Madrid ... Sant Celoni in Hotel Hesperia ... Chef Oscar Velasco

 

Granada ... Parador de San Francisco

 

Cuenca ... Meson Casa Colgadas * breathtaking views of the ravine and cliffs

 

Cuenca ... Posada San Jose ... for local tapas of the zone ... spectacular views ...

 

Cuenca ... Parador de Cuenca, Convento de San Pablo ...

 

Las Pedroneras, Cuenca ... Las Rejas ... remarkable Chef Manolo de Osa ...  

 

Guadalajara City ... Restaurante Amparito Roca ...

 

El Ciego, Alava, Rioja Alavesa ... Hotel Marques de Riscal Restaurant ... Chef Francis Paniego ...

 

Caceres, Extremadura ... Atrio with Chef Tono Perez ... Relais Chateaux ...

 

Pamplona, Navarra ... Restaurant Rodero with vanguard Chef Koldo Rodero ...

 

Moratalla, Murcia ... El Olivar ... 10 km from Caravaca de La Cruz ...

 

Baiona, Galicia ... The Baiona Parador Hotel restaurant ... Castle of Los Condes Gondomar ...

 

Valladolid ... Ramiro's ...

 

Valencia ... Ca Sento ...

 

Denia, Alicante ... Hotel Marriott La Sella ... Chef Quique DaCosta ...

 

Benidorm ... Art a La Cuina ...

 

La Vila Joiosa, Alicante ... El Emperador in the Relais Chateaux Hotel El Montibuli ... divinity and the seascapes are heavenly to see ...

 

Javea, Alicante ... El Rodat ...

 

Palma de Mallorca ... Sea and Ca' n Carlos 

 

Zarauz in the Basque Country ... Karlos Arguinano's Restaurante in Hotel by same name ...

 

Torrent, Costa Brava, Catalonia ... Mas Torrent Relais Chateaux Hotel Restaurant ...

 

Madrid ... Zaranda ...

 

Madrid ... Arola Gastrobar ...

 

Madrid ... Dassa Bassa Gastro Bar ...

 

Madrid ... Orixe Tapas Bar in La Latina ...

 

Sevilla ... Az Zait at the El Bulli Hotel called Hacienda Benazuza in Sanlucar La Mayor 15km from Sevilla Capital

 

Sevilla ... La Alqueria ... 

 

Toledo ... The Adolfo Collecion Gastro Bar ...

 

Malaga ... Calima with Chef Dani Garcia ...

 

Madrid ... La Terraza del Casino with Chef Paco Roncero and Estado Puro Gastro Bar ...

 

Madrid ... Alboroque ...

 

Madrid ... Club Allard ...

 

Merida, Extremadura ... Altaire ... and the Parador Hotel Restaurant...

 

Granada ,,, Ruta de Veleta ...

 

As u can see, Spain is not as small as it looks on a map ... it is chockful of nooks and crannies and more taverns than one has ever imagined ...

 

 

 

 

post #7 of 10

Originally Posted by MARGCATA View Post

The Parador Hotel Network (93 hotels in reformed anicent [sic] buildings owned by the Government since 1928 ) [...] is the best option in Salamanca, as this city caters to university students and thus, the food tends to be run of the mill ...   


La falta es mia.  I should have known better than presume to contribute my favorites.  More than forty years ago I was a student at the Universidad, fell in love with the town, and for that reason and others have returned quite a few times since.  Mistakenly, I believed I'd managed to dine well in a number of different places over the years.  Thank you for correcting my error and revealing the Truth.  Next time, I'll just take the elevator and eat at the hotel restaurant.   

 

FWIW, the Parador de Salamanca is not in a "reformed ancient" building of any sort.  Rather, it's purpose built, and quite contemporary.  Or do my eyes deceive?  Take a look and be the judge yourself:  

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You must have been busy indeed to have failed to notice.  

 

BDL

 

A  E  I  O  Universidad de Salamanca, ole!  Ole!  OLE!


Edited by boar_d_laze - 10/9/11 at 6:44pm
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The Salamanca Parador is one of the few out of 93 hotels that are contemporary --- however, the cuisine at the Parador is seasonal and typical of the Castilla León zone and a 4 course lunch runs between 28 - 32 Euros including wine ...   

post #9 of 10

 

 

SALAMANCA ...

 

I agree with Boar d ' Laze ... CHEF VICTOR on Espoz y Mina 26, nestled within the historic district is a definite for your go list. The owner Victoriano Salvador had trained in France to perfect his culinary skills and innovative cartes. Victoriano is the only Michelin Star Chef ever granted a star in the province of Salamanca. The specialties I had were ...

 

The broiled turbot

The blue tuna

Calf 's medallions with a drizzle of lemon emulsion

The Pork ribs stuffed with prunes and dried fruits and drizzled with honey emulsion

 

RIO DE LA PLATA at Plaza de Pozo Number 1

The specialties here include the pungent Castilla Leon hand rolled sausage varieties and the unforgettable fireplace on a truly wintery night ...

 

Just remember not to go during Japanese student week at the start of the University enrollment after Christmas season. 

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APOLOGIES .. IT IS CHEZ VICTOR IN SALAMANCA ... Not Chef Victor ...

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