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

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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

Bar Central La Boqueria – Barcelona, Spain

After walking around Mercat De La Boqueria, the famous market just off Las Ramblas, my Mum and I decided to get some lunch. There are lots of gorgeous smells around the market with various different restaurants. We chose Bar Central La Boqueria, a restaurant which is part of the market with bar stools and high tables along the side.

The seafood on ice at the front looked so fresh and the aroma from their grill was so mouthwatering that we had to just get it all. We chose octopus (Polpo), snails, and scallop and some padron peppers. The snails were a little more rich and stew-like than we had expected, but the rest was absolutely delicious and writing this makes me want to eat it all over again.

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One to check out if you are ever in the market and needing a bite to eat.

 

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d2374383-Reviews-Bar_Central_la_Boqueria-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

Ciudad Condal – Barcelona, Spain

Ciudad Condal is an institution in Barcelona. It has been around for years and people line up for anything up to an hour to get a table there, but it is worth the wait!

The atmosphere is buzzing to say the least – with all the waiters in a good mood, singing loudly behind the bar and serving the tables with big laughs and cheeky jokes with the customers.

My Mum and I came together and we only waited 15 minutes before we got a table.

Our waiter was charming and we just told him roughly what we wanted and he recommended the dishes that we should get, which was perfect! He ordered very well!

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Thick Smoked Salmon Slices on Bread
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Grilled Calamari
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Prawn Pil Pil
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Fried Sardines
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Anchovies
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Crema Catalana

I would definitely recommend going Ciudad Condal and I will definitely be coming back to try some more dishes.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciudad-Condal/168195233218836

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1059712-Reviews-Ciudad_Condal-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

Vinitus – Barcelona, Spain

Yes, I have written about Vinitus before! Yes, it is the same one! But it is so good, that is deserves another write up! I recently went to Barcelona with my Mum and she had never been to Barcelona before so obviously I had to take her to one of my favourite tapas restaurants there.

We sat at the bar – which is my favourite seat because you get to watch the chefs cooking away and you can point at which dish you want behind the counter. We ordered some Sangria and look around the counter to see what we felt like eating.

They have a seafood counter with fresh seafood that they bring in everyday and so we ordered lots of it! We had baby calamari, clams and prawns which were all gorgeous. We also ordered padron peppers which are my absolute favourite and some seafood salad.

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It is genuinely one of my favourite tapas spots and it is so well priced! Definitely worth a visit!

 

https://m.facebook.com/pages/Vinitus/562839933859697

Vinitus – Barcelona, Spain

Renata and I went for a weekend in Barcelona and after a day of walking around shops and markets, our feet needed a bit of a rest of we went for a well priced and very very tasty tapas and wine stop.

I absolutely love tapas and this is a good place to get large variety of tapas choices (literally anything you could think of including fresh seafood!).

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We sat at the bar and in front of us was a gorgeous array of amazing dishes. We wanted them all!

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Jamon Iberico
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Padron Peppers
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Crab Stick Salad with Pan Con Tomat
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Burrata

Massive selection of great tapas, well priced and a very chilled atmosphere!

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187497-d1228300-Reviews-Vinitus_Barcelona-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

Bad Egg – Moorgate, London

You know how much I love a brunch. I mean, who doesn’t? It means you have time for a lie in, a gym session AND you are still in time to get the glorious breakfast foods that you wouldn’t have the time to eat during the weekdays.

For Astrid’s birthday this year we went to the famous Bad Egg for a boozy Saturday brunch. I was so excited as I have been meaning to go here for ages. For £35 you get 3 different dishes PLUS bottomless drinks for 2 hours! Please tell me how that doesn’t sound appealing.20160312_151513

20160312_151524Our server was absolutely hilarious. He was loud and funny and we just thought the service was fabulous because of him.

I started off with a Bloody Mary (which was AMAZING!) and continued on the meal with the house prosecco on the bottomless menu which was actually quite nice. I was very happy with the drink situation – absolutely worth the bottomless brunch choice.

On the menu you are able to choose 3 different plates. I chose the buffalo rib tips (served with spicy Buffalo sauce & blue cheese mayo),  pulled pork, beans & kimchi on toast (slow cooked pork, baked beans & kimchi on sourdough toast), and the pancake with bacon and maple syrup.

The kimchi pulled pork with beans on toast was sensational – not just to look at – but also all the different flavours went very well together. I recommend this one definitely.

The buffalo rip tips weren’t but favourite but I didn’t dislike them. They were just a tad bit over cooked so they were a bit hard and I couldn’t really taste the meat but they were also a tad bit too saucy, in a overbearingly salty and sour way that made my eyeballs twitch just a tad. If you enjoy an eyeball twitch – this is the thing to order. Otherwise – don’t.

Then last but not least, they put down the plate of what seemed to be a mini crepe (not the fluffy buttermilk pancake I had imagined) that had unfortunately died a tragic death by drowning in a sea of maple syrup (RIP) with two bacon rashers to cover up the awful murder scene, and my face dropped. And no, unfortunately it didn’t taste any better than it looked. Just don’t order it if you go.

The mac and cheese balls and the hash that my friends had ordered looked great and also were raved about highly – So I’d probably try these next time.20160312_151014Overall it was a really fun meal out and a great atmosphere. A fabulous place for a brunch with a group of friends, as long as you don’t take the food too seriously.

 

http://badegg.london/

http://badegg.london/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BAD-EGG-Bottomless-Brunch-Menu-October.pdf