Bar Taperia Loli – Alcossebra, Spain

My favourite restaurant in Alcossebra this trip was Loli’s which is a little restaurant on the port. It was really busy in there and there was a real buzz to the place the night we went. The tables were mostly full and it smelt mouth wateringly good.

It is owned by a German man and a Spanish women so they specialise in both German and Spanish dishes.

We decided on the hot stone steak, a jacket potato, fries and a mixed salad to share.

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Mixed Salad

The mixed salad in Alcossebre always seems to come with tuna on top, which can be nice if you are having a very light meal, but can be extra filling if you are already having quite a big meal.

The steak came out raw with hot stones on the side so we could cook them ourselves. I loved the fun of cooking it all and also it meant that we could eat the steak however we liked. I like mine pretty rare but if you wanted it well done, you just need to leave it on the stone for a little longer.Β They gave us very good cuts of meat that were not chewy at all.

It sounds odd but the fun of “playing with food” made the meal even more enjoyable.

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MEAT!
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Hot stones for the steaks
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about to get cooking
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Steak’s cooking on the hot stone

This was my favourite meal of the trip! Fun, lively, and good quality food.

https://www.taperia-loli.com/

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Los Bodegueros – Old Town, Ibiza, Spain

The Old Town in Ibiza is beautifully quaint and rich in history. The town is built in and around the castle walls. All the streets are made of cobblestones and the little passages that are full of shops and restaurants are great to explore.

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The streets of Old Town Ibiza

We went to Los Bodegueros just on the outskirts of the Old Town because it was easy for us to leave our suitcases here before we went to the airport and then grab a cab from the main road.

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The restaurant – The Ants are promoting a party in Ushuaia called Ants

There were four of us and we ordered lots of different tapas plates as we were about to get a flight home back to London and it would be ages until we would have a meal again.

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Prawns Pil Pil

The Prawns Pil Pil came still bubbling away in the little plate. They weren’t overcooked though even though they seems to still be cooking away in the plate.

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Patatas Bravas
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Tapas sharing platter

The tapas platter we chose came with a potato and seafood salad, chorizo sausages, calamari and seafood croquettes. We of course also ordered patatas bravas and padron peppers because what is tapas without these two dishes?

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Padron Peppers
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The Jamon Platter

And finally we also ordered the ham platter which came with a selection of different ham slices, bread and the tomato sauce to spread onto the bread slices.

Everything was absolutely delicious (I genuinely cannot fault anything), the service was great, and we were so glad they were open and serving food even though it was only 5pm.

A fabulous meal to end our amazing trip to Ibiza.

http://www.restaurantelosbodeguerosibiza.es/es/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g664638-d2645861-Reviews-Los_Bodegueros-Ibiza_Town_Ibiza_Balearic_Islands.html

Sunset Ashram – Cala Comte, Ibiza, Spain

I have to be honest, the idea of Ibiza never appealed to me. In my mind, Ibiza was very different to how I experienced it.

I thought that I needed to go once to see what it was all about and I was surprised at how beautiful the island actually is, how good the food is and how much fun I had.

One place I found particularly beautiful is Cala Comte, a secluded beach with the clearest water. When I swam in the sea I could see schools of large fish swimming around me and it was amazing.

There are only two restaurants in this part of the island and we decided to go one of the restaurants called Sunset Ashram for dinner.

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We sat down, ordered our drinks and food and then witnessed the most beautiful sunset ever! It was absolutely stunning and we all sat facing it as the sun went down. Once the sun fully set and it went down below the ocean ahead of us, the whole beach burst into applause, wolf whistles and cheering. It was quite a heart warming moment to be a part of to be honest.

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The food was really well cooked and presented – I just wish there was a bit more of it because it was so delicious! It was a little pricier than the normal restaurant in Spain but it was worth it for the beach, sunset, and views.

I had the tuna steak which was cooked to perfection. Perfectly seared on the outside and pink on the inside with some gorgeous flavours that didn’t take away from the natural flavours of the fish.

We stayed well into the evening and shared a dessert platter between us all. It was very relaxed and we were not rushed out at all.

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Steak
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Curry
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Tuna
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Tuna
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Dessert Platter
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Dessert Platter

Perfect setting, perfect dinner, perfect sunset.

http://www.sunsetashram.com/en/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g673348-d2316915-Reviews-Sunset_Ashram-Sant_Josep_de_Sa_Talaia_Ibiza_Balearic_Islands.html

Bambu – Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

If you are looking for an Indonesian restaurant in Bali that has high quality service, food and wine with a calming and relaxed but beautiful atmosphere to treat yourself for an evening – then look no further than Bambu onΒ Jl. Petitenget in Seminyak.

Although it is quite a high end restaurant, it is still very authentic. There are gorgeous wood carvings and the set up is similar to that of a Balinese home or villa. The waitresses and waiters wear Balinese style uniforms and the menu is full of very traditional style foods.

We started with some soft shell crab to share which was so crisp on the outside and soft and meaty on the inside. Surrounded by sweet chilli sauce to dip in.

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Soft Shell Crab

Jack ordered the Tuna Steak for his main and it was cooked perfectly seared on the outside and still very pink on the inside. I ordered the slow cooked duck curry and the sauce was full of punchy flavours and spices. Our food came with rice on the side.

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Grilled Tuna Steak
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Slow Cooked Duck
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Slow cooked duck

For dessert we shared the pandan pancakes and the fried banana with coconut ice cream. It was all surprisingly light and such a refreshing way to end the meal.

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Pandan Pancakes
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Pisang and Nanka Goreng with Coconut Ice Cream
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The Restaurant
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The Restaurant
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The wood carvings on the ceiling
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The restaurant

Absolutely gorgeous food, gorgeous wine, gorgeous restaurant and awesome service!

 

https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d5992605-Reviews-Bambu-Seminyak_Bali.html

https://www.thebalibible.com/bambu-bali-seminyak/

https://www.villa-bali.com/guide/top-5-restaurants-seminyak/

 

 

 

Warung Sobat – Jalan Batu Belig, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Sobat is one of my favourite no-frills restaurants in Bali. It has a relaxed atmosphere, price and menu. With a mixture of local Indonesian and Western dishes, everyone will be able to find something that they fancy.

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Nasi Campur
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Curry Ayam with vegetables and rice

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It is quite an authentic little spot and very well known.

I had the nasi campur, which when translated means mixed rice. It is a traditional dish that is essentially rice with lots of different little things to accompany it. This one came with satay, stir fried vegetables, chilli sauce, fried tofu, fried chicken, and a potato cake. It was absolutely lush and I love it when there are lots of different little bits to taste. Jack had the chicken curry which came with some vegetables and rice and we drank Bintang (the famous Indonesian beer).

It was tasty, cheap and cheerful!

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g608486-d1066754-Reviews-Warung_Sobat-Kerobokan_Bali.html

https://www.zomato.com/bali/warung-sobat-kerobokan

Rudy’s – Ancoat, Manchester, UK

Rudy’s is a great Pizzeria in Manchester and the queues are always incredibly long. Luckily you can just put your name on a list with a rough estimated time wait and head across the street to Seven Brothers, a craft beer pub, to have some pre-dinner drinks while you wait to get a call from Rudy’s.

They have a huge pizza oven and its great watching them making their creations in there. Their pizza is Napoli- style with the gorgeous chewy but light dough, which I absolutely love!

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Campana Sharing platter
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Pizzas!

We shared some mixed olives and Campana to start – which we didn’t really “need” but we were just very hungry.

The boys all ordered the Calabrese which is smothered with Nduja and mozzarella and I had the Tarantina which is olives, anchovies, capers and mozzarella (usually called a Napolitan – one of my favourite pizzas).

The house red wine was lush, service was fab, great atmosphere and buzz, and it really does not break the bank.

All I can say is: Go.

http://rudyspizza.co.uk/menu.phtml

El Rincon de Rafa – Deansgate, Manchester

I am not sure if you would know of El Rincon if you were not told about it by someone. It is really hidden away in the back streets in the center of Manchester, but surprisingly late in the evening on a Saturday, it was absolutely heaving with people. In fact we were really lucky to get a table there.

The restaurant was opened 22 years ago and has been in the same location ever since. The family-run restaurant was opened by ex-footballer Rafael Cabrera-Vargas, who can still be found running the show every day and family members can often be found behind the bar, in the kitchen, serving the tables.

These are the kinds of restaurants that I absolutely LOVE! Family-run, rustic, has a lot of history, passionate about their food, and they have a great vibe, not the commercial, frilly, over priced places and especially not chains.

We walked in and there was such a buzz in the restaurant. It was packed and the tables were all full so we got a seat on the bar until a table freed up for us.

The food was fab and we ordered quite a few bits on the menu.

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Jamon Serrano
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Queso Manchego
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Gambas Dos Salsas
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Chuletitas De Cordero
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Creme Caramel
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Almond Cake

Finished off with the desserts of the day which were light and gorgeous!

Definitely a great spot for a truly authentic, family run, rustic Spanish meal.

https://www.facebook.com/elrinconderafamanchester