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Corral del Rey 12, Sevilla, 41004 [Map]
Think of Sevilla and images of cathedrals, flamenco nights, tapas and the riad-styled Corral del Rey might come to mind. This boutique hotel emanates a unique charm, evident from the small, yet sleek, reception area, to the three arched galleries, off which are just six rooms. The atrium patio, Roman marble columns and original wooden carved beams showcase some fine architecture accentuated by a distinctive Lutron controlled lighting system.
Corral del Rey in its previous incarnation was a seventeenth century palacio, now painstakingly restored over a period of two years by its young Anglo-Iberian owners, Anthony and Patrick Reid. Original tapestries are interestingly juxtaposed with modern techno services such as flat-screen TVs, marble-and-glass baths and wi-fi.
The décor of the restaurant is an all monochrome and minimalist affair but done with style. The sequential artwork and strategic illumination are some of the most appealing features. Anyone wishing for privacy can head to the vaulted low ground cellars discovered during restoration. Above all this is the rooftop terrace with sun loungers and a plunge pool where diners can enjoy a cocktail with floodlit landmarks such as The Cathedral of Seville for company.
Modernity and originality continue in the kitchen, which offers European fare using the freshest market produce available. Starters of cod risotto, octopus carpaccio and cappuccino; foie gras with mango sorbet and crispy rice, and wok-fried asparagus and boletus with Parmesan reveal some real innovation. Mains include confit of suckling pig with honey and vermouth sauce; stewed veal cheeks with fried artichokes, and roasted turbot with mango chutney and trumpet mushrooms.
The rich and delicious tocino de cielo, or egg yolk custard, is served with eucalyptus ice cream and the homemade chocolate brownie with curry foam. You could also choose between a selection of wild fruits with cheese mousse or sorbets for desserts.
Corporate honchos who seek a welcome change from the glitzy boardrooms can try Corral del Rey?s basement, which is beautifully designed, being both functional and spacious. This area is ideal for exhibitions and private functions as well.
While you are there, you might like to explore the lovely Giralda Towers, Alcazar or the orange gardens, which are just round the corner, or just stroll around the smart environs of the Corral del Rey to marvel at the fabulous works of art displayed around the hotel.
Corazón de María 7, Madrid, 28002 [Map]
There is a sense of calm and peace as you step into Oam Thong, situated close to the famous hotel Puerta America in Madrid. It's truly oriental at heart with none of the European influences usually found in many Asian restaurants. With the 'Thai Select' brand award in its kitty from none other than the Ministry of Commerce in Thailand, Oam Thong's emphasis on royal Thai cooking has won the hearts of many Asian food enthusiasts in Spain.
The interior is designed along Oriental lines with a slightly modern touch and the feeling of space is accentuated. The colours of sand, mink and tobacco have been chosen as they add to the natural sophistication. Exposed stone work interestingly juxtaposed with the smooth bamboo draped walls of different shades blend well to create an intimate atmosphere. Lighting has been given prominence with bamboo screen lamps placed at strategic locations to personalize certain tables. Each detail is well thought out and adds its own unique touch to create the right ambience.
Dishes are marked with stars ranging from one to five to indicate the degree of spiciness with number one being the mildest and five the hottest. Whether it's the pad Thai, pork issaan, jungle curry or massaman venison, the menu ensures that all the regions of Thailand are covered. Start with some tom yam goong, the spicy Norway lobster soup; beef carpaccio salad with lemon grass, coriander and lime or marinated spare ribs. Pad Thai, rice flour noodles with peanuts and dry shrimps and mae nam khong, satay chicken with spring rolls served in pandan leaves, are their other specialities.
There is also a wonderful choice of curries such as goong pad nam markham piek, langoustines in a tamarind sauce and Chiang Mai beef curry. The nue oam thong is daringly famous for its countless dry chillies and high degree of heat. Cool off with some glutinous rice accompanied with mango and coconut ice cream or the refreshingly exotic fruit sorbets. There is also a limited selection of beers from Asia.
Thai cuisine is a harmonious amalgamation of sweet, spicy, sour, salty and even bitter flavours and each dish has its distinct characteristic even though they are made from similar ingredients. With a name that means preservation of the best, Oam Thong hopes to provide diners an experience that will remain sealed in their memory.
Calle Serrano, 61, Madrid, 28006 [Map]
Many have admired the restaurant Pedro Larumbe for the sheer attractiveness of the building it is situated in - once the office of the right-wing newspaper ABC - as it dates back more than a hundred years and one of the most emblematic landmarks of Madrid. Others are drawn to taste owner and Chef Pedro's wonderful creations, and if there is anyone still left to be smitten, the restaurant's location in the exclusive Serrano Street, in the heart of the city, speaks for itself.
The atmosphere there exudes charm and elegance, and a delightful blend of classicism and modernity, which embodies restaurant Pedro Larumbe's philosophy, pervades the place. You could head to any of their four dining areas, the Salon Fundador, which used to be the newspaper's office, the cosy Patio Andaluz with a beautiful glass ceiling, the Pompeian Hall that has some of Madrid's finest art déco, or the airy terrace, open for al fresco dining when the weather permits.
The chef has excelled in creating a splendid range of modern dishes, all based on very traditional cooking styles, and perfected over the past years. Tacos of foie gras and mango sorbet, lobster salad with almond sauce and orange oil, tartar of prawns in tropical fruit with caviar from the pure waters of Riofrío, and creamy carnaroli Italian rice with sautéed clams and salsa verde lead the way.
The concentration is on quality and taste as evidenced by mains of veal on a bed of pepper, roast fillet of beef with pineapple and lemon, and aromatic ravioli with corvine grapes and Jerez sauce. Pedro Larumbe?s hearty stews, flavoursome and fresh fish dishes such as grilled hake with garlic, potato and green asparagus, monkfish burger, and cod preserved in caramelised red onion, confirm precisely why he is known as a star chef.
Homemade desserts include cups of strawberry and mint with white chocolate and pistachio, parfait of thyme and lemon with mango sorbet and Earl Grey tea and a wonderful chocolate pineapple mousse with yoghurt. The professional sommelier is always delighted to advice on the most suitable wine, cava or champagne from among 150 choices at the restaurant's cellar.
Each month, a new menu that highlights different world cuisines and wine is presented to diners.
Pº Maritimo, Avda. de la Fontilla, Edif. Larycorte, Marbella, 29600 [Map]
'What's in a name?' is a popular phrase from Shakespeare's lyrical tale of star-crossed lovers, but at Garum there is so much to that name, which literally means a traditional method of preparing an ancient Roman fish sauce, believed to have originated from the historic settlement of Boloña on the southern Spanish shores. Despite all the years that have passed, the ruins of this town are still present and so is the memorable flavour of its ingenious recipe.
Step inside and you will find a room that is elegantly dressed with artistically designed nooks, strategic lighting and a dining area with a conservatory-like appearance. Who doesn't like a glimpse of sunshine on a languid summer day? Not only do they have a large terrace but its pleasing vistas take in uninhibited views of the Mediterranean beyond, and you may just have to be quick off the mark to get a spot.
The European theme is hard to avoid on the menu, with dishes such as cold gazpacho with ratatouille, herb oil and balsamic vinegar, and foie gras vienetta with white chocolate and chilli toffee sauce. Starters like soto ajam - lemongrass soup served on cold garnish of chicken, celery, glass noodles, dried onion, tomato and quail's egg - exhibit some real innovation.
The kitchen's ambitious style is even more evident in the mains with salmon baked in the oven and served with Mexican bean salad and lime tequila 'milkshake'; marinated king prawns, semi peeled and served with a coconut orange soup and fried spiced rice, and rack of lamb with a German style potato, vegetable pancake and mint garlic jam. Pasta lovers will find solace in the scrumptious chicken fillet lasagne with tarragon cream cheese served with fresh tagliatelle and green asparagus.
Desserts have been innovatively christened 'health kick', dark chocolate crème brûlée with an orange cointreau salad or the 'highland fling' of scotch whiskey and saffron poached pears and cream. Little members of the family can choose between rosada, a white fish, with chips; chicken or pasta bolognaise. The cellar offers an eclectic selection of Spanish wines produced in small, select vineyards.
The team at Garum, inspired by the namesake method of cooking, aim to create a memorable dining experience that will linger in their guests' memories for a long time by creating an array of cosmopolitan, inspired cuisine that continually challenge both the eye and the taste buds.
Carretera Cadiz - KM 178, Marbella, 29600 [Map]
The Marbella Club hotel, that old stomping ground of the rich and famous, is just minutes away from Villa Tiberio, probably the reason why many celebrities that are found there, dining in the luxurious restaurant or probably the splendid garden.
Nearly two decades ago, there was just a decrepit house overgrown with weeds, in this same location. It took the vision and passion of Sandro Morelli to bring it to its present splendour. With the azure pool glinting in the warm sun, the neatly trimmed shrubs surrounding it, the fragrant arbour that leads to the restaurant, al fresco seems to be the preferred mode of dining for patrons.
In this gorgeous setting, almost fairytale like in its lush splendour, guests are treated like royalty as they sit down to a wonderful meal. The cuisine is not limited to one country but favours a more cosmopolitan approach with flavours from the Mediterranean interspersed with those from Italy and Spain.
The gastronomic journey at Villa Tiberio starts with scallops and jumbo prawns in a cream and brandy sauce, thinly sliced beef with avocados and lemon dressing, or pancakes filled with spinach, fresh salmon and cheese au gratin. As a prelude, these dishes are excellent, and provide a fresh burst of enthusiasm for what follows.
The homemade pasta, with a variety of rich sauces, are tempting and you could try the pappardelle alla Sandro, flat noodles with generous chunks of lobster and tomato for a delicious main course. The other variations, with cream, caviar and smoked salmon, are equally enticing, while risottos and lasagnes are prepared with care and skill, leaving no room for dissatisfaction.
Affirmed meat lovers will find the fillet of beef with Madeira wine, foie gras and truffle to be a generous display of culinary excellence, while the pan fried veal, with fresh peppers, black olives and capers holds its own ground. The duck baked with orange and Curacao liqueur, the crispy roast suckling pig and baby lamb braised in Barola wine are signature dishes at Villa Tiberio, that have led to repeated success with customers.
The wine list is extensive and covers three thousand bottles of the best Spanish, French and Italian wines. Sandro Morelli is a connoisseur of fine wines and vintages and the 1938 Chateau Margaux, Petrus or the 1894 Chateau Haut Brion in his bodega are proof enough.
While Marbella attracts the usual crowd of jet setters and glamorous personalities for its white sands and beaches, Villa Tiberio is one destination everyone makes a point to visit.
Ganduxer 10-12, Barcelona, 08021 [Map]
A trip to Barcelona might be considered incomplete if you didn't visit Via Veneto, the city's most respected, and one of the oldest, restaurants there. This uptown place is renowned for its sumptuous Catalan cuisine and its elegant and plush décor, while its clientele, like influential businessman and politicians, help to give it a powerful ambience.
José Monje established Via Veneto in 1967 and his culinary expertise undoubtedly counts for the numerous accolades that have come its way. His son Pedro Monje is also now involved in making sure everything runs smoothly and together the duo have forged a strong contender for one of the best restaurants in the city.
In Via Veneto's luxurious surroundings, anything less than an elaborate meal might almost be considered not being fair to your taste buds, so start with the sautéed king prawns with vegetable coca bread in a pine nut vinaigrette or the salad of oven-roasted sea scallops with ham and crispy parmesan cheese.
For mains, their range of fish, meat and game dishes is extensive and equally tempting. Try the charcoal-broiled turbot with aubergine caviar and oven-baked vegetables and cockscombs or the red mullets fillets with saffron rice and orange blossoms if seafood is your passion.
Meat lovers will embrace the idea of roasted rack of baby lamb with a crust of fine herbs and millefeuille of Perol pork sausage with enthusiasm but the pièce de résistance is their roasted duck a la presse. A whole baby duck is slow roasted until golden and brought to the table. Efficient staff will debone it and then run the bones through an antique silver press to extract the rich juices. The combination of the two results in an explosion of flavours and creates a gastronomic experience that is absolutely exquisite.
As befits the entire gamut of tastes there, the desserts are equally decadent and delectable. Whether it is the millefeuilles of chocolate and orange cream with mint ice cream or the savarin with dried fruit consommé and lemon verbena sherbet, these delightful concoctions are a fine way to end the meal unless of course you prefer something simple like the cheese board.
The wine list has an amazing range of ten thousand or so bottles and choosing the right one might seem a daunting task, so it's advisable to ask the sommelier to recommend one that will suit your taste and complement the meal appropriately.
Reina Mercedes, 12, Madrid, 28020 [Map]
Galician cuisine, they say, is simple by nature thanks to the region's economy, which is largely dependent on fishing and farming. Whether it is the shellfish, empanadas, a kind of stuffed pastry, polbo á feira, a dish made of octopus, the cheese, queixo de tetilla, the Ribera de Duero and Albariño wines and orujo liquor or any of the other seafood and meat delicacies, you will be delighted by the earthy cuisine.
Taking this fare to an haute cuisine platform is Combarro, a resplendent place on Reina Mercedes in Madrid, where a stone frontage carved in traditional style, a modern bar, a dining area spread over two floors with several private dining rooms, antiques and paintings for decoration and ambient music create a chic atmosphere in which to enjoy food prepared with great care.
It took close to twenty-five years for the founder Manuel Domingues Limerez to establish his dream. He opened the first restaurant in 1973 and later on the second one in 1999. His son Diego Dominguez Vidal joined him recently and helped the venture further consolidate its popularity. Their commitment to taking customers on an exciting gastronomic journey while staying true to their roots of humble cooking utilizing excellent, fresh products has seen them win numerous awards.
The seafood is sourced from the north coast of Galicia and is displayed in a large salt water fish pond. Spider crabs and lobsters are among the creatures you can spot and select for a sumptuous meal.
Specialities from the rivers include oysters, shrimps, clams, crabs and barnacles. Seafood displays all the variety available along the long shoreline of the province with baked turbot, a European flatfish, on a bed of potatoes, octopus to 'feira', a trademark dish of that area, lamprey - a primitive elongated fish with jawless sucking mouth, prepared in the Ardo - an ancient Hispanic - style, adorning the menu.
Pork with grelos, a vegetable akin to broccoli, suckling lamb chops and partridge pie are on offer to those who prefer meat. Desserts are rich affairs with Santiago tart, containing an almond and quince filling, yoghurt mousse in honey and filloas - large pancakes - with cream and eggs.
The wine list has interesting bottles from France and Spain and the bar provides a grazing menu.
C/ Liles S/N, Mallorca, 07560 [Map]
Dining is invariably that much more pleasurable in an engaging and restful atmosphere, but only your imagination could be trusted to lead you to a restaurant as beautiful as this. Es Moli Den Bou is surrounded by fields of orange and almond and located in a lovely old stone mill - making every minute of your time there, absolutely unforgettable. A shellfish stone staircase leads up to the comfortable dining area decorated simply and in complete harmony with the surroundings.
Consider yourself fortunate when you get to taste Chef Tomeu Caldentey's wonderful creations. He is the man behind the success of this venture that offers uncomplicated yet creative Mallorcan dishes to diners who love to call the place their own. The appealing twists he has given to traditional island cuisine have helped him to achieve a Michelin Star.
Different varieties of local olive oil are used by Tomeu's young and energetic team to create mouth watering fare. You could consider the coca, a traditional pizza with sweet onions and cured Sobrassada pork sausages; prawns with peas; an interesting dish of foie gras with dark chocolate and roasted sweet corn, or a creamy marine soup with crab meat and zucchini to make a flavoursome start.
These could be followed by a special fish of the day that comes to the table accompanied by pumpkin and cocoa or Venere rice and saffron. An aromatic dish of lamb with honey and mint or leg of deer with apple and cinnamon are other popular creations that burst with the amazing flavours of Mallorca.
The desserts are worth more than a passing glance, with choices such as Mahone cheese ice cream with melon and apricot, strawberries with goats' milk, and walnuts with chocolate and mint, that tempt you to indulge.
The wine list features numbers such as Miquel Gelabert Torrent Negre 2003 and AIA 2002, from noteworthy Mallorcan producers as well as a range from mainland Spain along with cava and champagne. Their sommelier gladly assists customers who need advice on the best combination of food and drink.
The staff serve you in a manner that definitely adds to the joy of dining, making a meal at Es Moli Den Bou, in the village of Sant Llorenc de Cardassar, an experience that lovers of good food should not miss.
Ctra. Alcanada 3,, Port d'Alcudia, 07410 [Map]
When Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the famed couturier, purchased the luxury yacht Creole in 1983, it had already gone through a turbulent history, which is why the tag of 'unlucky' had been pegged to it over the years. Some people attributed Gucci's violent death, a few years later, as being a result of the misfortune associated with the yacht. For Piero Rossi, who worked there as his chef in 1988, the connection, however, proved to be slightly more fortunate, and now twenty years later, his restaurant located in the Port of Alcudia has become renowned for its delicious Italian food in Mallorca.
Elegantly furnished in warm tones, the cosiness of the atmosphere is evident with the dark wood furniture, while the white tablecloths edged with blue are nice Mediterranean touches. Pictures of the Creole are displayed prominently on the walls and customers can sit back and relax in the friendly and convivial ambience over authentic pizzas and pastas. The terrace with its verdant ring of trees is a popular spot for al fresco dining and you can see many patrons enjoying their food, breathing in the tangy ocean air.
Expect to find starters such as vitello tonato, thin slices of chilled veal, smothered with tuna sauce, or the provolone rebozado, a soft heart of cheese with blueberry jam. For mains, the pastas, such as the ravioli with spinach and cheese in a smooth asparagus sauce, are a good choice and meat lovers will find a good selection of carpaccios there. The beef filet with green pepper sauce and tenderloin with blue cheese are other excellent dishes that showcase the chef's expertise in satisfying carnivores especially.
Pizzas from the wood fired oven lend an authentic touch that no pizzeria chain that operates on mass production principles can ever match. A separate gluten free menu promises well prepared delights for those with dietary restrictions, while child friendly portions for the little ones makes this a complete family restaurant.
The dark and white chocolate mousse tart is decadent, and aims to banish all calorie counters with its alternating soft, sweet and bitter tastes, while the buttery and flaky short crust pastry base forms the perfect foil.
The ingredients for a good restaurant are all there; good location, lovely terrace garden, excellent food and a down to earth and friendly atmosphere, fortunately Piero Rossi weaves all these elements together beautifully.
Plaza Comtata del Roselló 6, Palma de Mallorca, 07002 [Map]
There's more to the name 801 than you could ever imagine - as Maria Ballester and José Guardiola's stylish restaurant was once a bank - somewhere safe to keep precious possessions and an institution where people took care of your financial affairs. The only feature that has remained is the fact that they can still assure you, not about keeping your prized assets out of harm's way, but of enjoying a dining experience that would qualify among the best in Palma.
The elegantly refurbished dining room is where the safety deposit boxes used to be situated and the name, 801, was the number of a box. The old spaces have tastefully been incorporated into the restaurant.
The owners have always been aficionados of travel and gastronomy and at 801 they ensure customers get to sample some of the best market cuisine at reasonable prices, and the hidden treasures of the bank are now open for all to taste and enjoy. Well presented traditional dishes that are given an appealing modern twist appear on the sleek tables. The chefs visit the nearby Olivar Market to select their fresh ingredients, which are then devotedly prepared in the open kitchen.
A cafeteria menu focuses on a range of tapas such as salads of warm chicken or goats' cheese, rocket, cherry tomatoes and basil oil, and other choices could include octopus with steamed potatoes, stuffed quail legs, succulent pieces of barbequed shrimp in soya or vegetables with fresh cheese; Iberico ham with mushrooms and Emmental cheese gratin on toast, and tempura of red pepper stuffed with shellfish in squid ink.
The main menu offers wonderful starters of foie gras terrine with toasted corn and sun dried apricot puree or vegetable tempura with salmon tartar. Mains of lamb chops appear on potato gratin with mint sauce and beef is cooked in red wine and accompanied by 801's special mashed potatoes. Fish lovers will delight in candied cod with garlic and spring onion, and red tuna served with Thai style sautéed vegetables.
Their helpful staff will provide advice on what to choose from a list of sinful desserts such as banana cooked in vanilla with chocolate ice cream, their version of Toblerone, and Idiazábal cheese and quince roll with 'Tolosa cigarettes'. A carefully chosen list of wines includes popular as well as innovative numbers that support the food very well.
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