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BBQ Restaurant Haragia – Biarritz (France) – Rating 8/10

Haragia

26 rue Gambetta (close to Les halles)

Tel: 05 35 46 68 92 – Reservation needed

Opening hours: Dinner 2000-late

Restaurant Haragia
Small with limited tables (and not expandable at seasons)- Menu is not diverse with only 3 or 4 main dishes to choose from and 2 entrees.

The restaurant have around 20 seats in around 20 Sqm with simple and functional decoration (menu is on the wall, no printed menus). It opens (for first seating) at 8pm and the restaurant soon filled and the atmosphere was fantastic with everyone really enjoying the conviviality.

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Some slices of Bayonne ham as a starter – Rating 7/10
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The Cote de Beuf is sold by the kilo here and several pieces were presented by the chef himself before we made our selection.

The chef was absolutely amazing (watching him select, weigh up, marinate and arrange the meat on the grill was pure theatre). He worked hard and alone, and fair price for the meat and the work.

Tarte de Boeuf
Beef Tartar with salad – Rating 8/10
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The meat is grilled over an open grill that is constantly filled with charcoal
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The fantastic result from the BBQ – Rating 9/10

The meat was first grilled on the higher level for about 15 -20 mins. then on to the lower level and to char it to perfection. It was well cooked and served with  yummy juicy serve with their own mango cause. All escorted by a simple green salad and sweet potato frites

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe (San Sebastian) – Rating 7/10

Restaurant Kaia Kaipe

Calle del General Arnao, 4, 20808 Getaria (6km from San Sebastian)

Tel: 943 140 500

Opening hours: From 20.30 daily

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Fantastic view over the small Getaria harbour

Kaia Kaipe was founded in 1962, specialising in seafood dishes as befits its coastal location around 25 km west of San Sebastian. It is well worth the trips since the trip is fantastic and on the way there you pass one of the more beautiful beaches in northern Spain. When you arrived you will find the small village of Getaria (where actually  Cristobal Balenziaga was born) to be a ”cosy” place.

Our expectations were high since highly regarded that the 3-star Michelin chef Martín Berasategui has been seen here with his family!

Kaia Kape is located right down in the harbour full of life from locals having a drink at the square.  The restaurant is divided into two where Kaia is the upstairs venue (inside) and Kape (downstairs) is an outdoor terrace (“kaia” means “port” and “kaipe” means “below the port”). We didn’t know this and was seated upstairs which was a shame…(even though the interior with is ship design was interesting).

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The main focus of the menu is of course seafood

The turbot was the best dish of the whole evening, perfectly cooked with its flavour enhanced by a gentle smoky hint from the charcoal grill. We shared a 1,35kg fish which wasn’t cheap (at 85E) but priceworthy nonetheless.

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The restaurant has an outdoor seating downstairs and indoor seating upstairs

Both restaurants are owned by Igor Arregi, the grandson of the founders of the restaurant.

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Chefs choice – fresh tuna marinated in lemon sauce – Rating 6,5/10
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Langoustine a la romaine – Rating 7/10

Fresh seawater is pumped into tanks which houses all the produce. so when you order a lobster or langoustine it is chosen from the tanks and it is cooked to order and served. Very impressive.

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Millefeux with raspberry – Rating 8/10

The cooking is very simple, with few garnishes or sauces, just great fish. There is a massive and very generously priced wine list too.

One the whole it was a great night, but the seating upstairs felt a bit…boring and maybe the quality of the food wasn’t enough to justify the prices (and least not compared to the other meals enjoyed in the Basque Country).

Le Veranda (Villa Padierna) – Marbella

Le Veranda

Urb. Los Flamingos Golf – Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 166. 29679 Marbella

Tel: +34 902 200 676

Opening hours: Everyday 2000-2300

Le Veranda Restaurant
Le Veranda Restaurant

Located some 3km above the waterline between Marbella and Estepona, this restaurant (hotel) is well worth the trip. Beautiful setting under the hanging vines as the sun set. On the day we were there is was 36 degrees but felt nice in the shadow of the trees.

Apparently the first lady – Michelle Obama stayed at the hotel in 2012.

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Menu

The location of the veranda at the rear of the hotel, offers a secluded and intimate atmosphere; the tables are given plenty of space, and the overhanging vines enhance the general feeling of a Mediterranean courtyard style.

Menu II
Menu II

The Veranda is one of several restaurants, but with the highest ambitions. It has Michelin quality food served by attentive waiting staff (also reflected in the price…) but if you want very high quality food this is the place to go.

Gazpacho Cold Cream Soup
Gazpacho Cold Cream Soup
Weakfish Carpaccio filled with avocado, shrimps and salmon
Weakfish Carpaccio filled with avocado, shrimps and salmon
Chef's choice starter - Salmon with orange consommé
Chef’s choice starter – Salmon with orange consommé
Sirloin Beef Tartar "La Veranda"
Sirloin Beef Tartar ”La Veranda”

We are thankful to Cristobal Gómez for a wonderful food experience. If you dine in La Veranda, it could be one of the best meals you will ever have. And the service is excellent, just like it should be in a five star hotel.

 

 

 

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant – Marbella (Spain)

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant

Calle Ancha 8 – Casco Antiguo (Old town), Marbella

Opening hours: Every day 9.30am to midnight

Tel: +952 900 450

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant
Casanis Bistrot Restaurant

Casinos Bistrot Restaurant was founded ten years ago by Belgium owner Guy Sirre, 45, who arrived in Marbella via a career straddling Michelin-starred restaurants in France, London and San Francisco. Tucked away down the old streets, Casanis Bistrot is a real find. Set in a typical Andalucian townhouse – based around an evocative patio – there is a very distinct ambience at work. It has a happy atmosphear  and really pleasant and helpful wait staff add to this a wide selection of food on the menu and a good set of specials this restaurant won’t disappoint.

Restaurant on both sides of the busy street
Restaurant on both sides of the busy street

The ground floor comprises a nice dining area (inside and outside) but it also (especially for the winter) has an upper area a place to get away with a roaring fireplace and the ambience of a tropical jungle (!)

Red mullet with asparagus and mushrooms
Red mullet with asparagus and mushrooms

I found the food to be excellent. Casanis is famous for their Moules Marinieres and Beef Wellington. The menu can be described as bistro-style food made for market-fresh products and it comes with French/Belgian influences.

Some favorites on the menu were Vietnamese Nems (a type of spring roll) served with mint, coriander and nuoc-nam dipping sauce; spicy tuna tartar with a velouté of squash but we also loved the Red mullet (see above) and seared red tuna served with asparagus and potatoes; a ragout of fish with prawns, scallops, monkfish and a lobster bisque; lamb shank served with green beens, shallots and potatoes; and the popular guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras served with spinach and celeriac and potato mash

Current head chefs are Franco Francescini and Fabian Cangas. You can watch me ”do their thing”…since there is a TV screen outside the restaurant showing the hectic work in the kitchen (!)

Interior of the restaurant
Interior of the restaurant

If you get really interested….I found this 15min presentation video on youtube

Presentation clip