I have visited more than 30 restaurants in Almunecar the last two years, but I return to Los Laureles again and again.
They have, compared to most of the restaurants in the area, the ability to renew themselves and the menu. Especially the tasting menus they offer Fridays and Saturdays. Sometimes they are excellent, sometimes very good – but they never let me down.
I have eaten French, Italian, Asian and Indian meals here, as well as international and spanish - all very well prepared.
This summer I asked the restaurant to set a surprise menu for eight people – and they did - six courses with passion. Ingredients with high quality, like lobster and foie gras, excellent tenderloin and a superb dessert.
Los Laureles hasn’t the largest wine menu in the area, but they have chosen a very good variety of Andalucían (there are some very good ones), paired with a good selection of wine from other regions. Unfortunately many restaurants in Almunecar have mostly low or medium quality wines on their list. Cred. to Los Laureles for their ability to find wines that pair the courses very good and at the same time are very price worthy.
Compared with the other restaurants in the town, this is a five star restaurants.
10 minutes walk from the tourist traps and you are trapped in the best restaurant in town – and like to stay…
Favorite Dish: The menu changes quite often, so it´s a challenge to recommend one or two courses, but the set menus are always excellent
Il been to many restaurants in almunecar, but this place is simply the best, when you come in, you will see candle lights, fresh flowers on the table, there is a very romantic atmosfere, and lovely music playing.
The owners, just had it for 4 months, and they are trying to do something completly different, with serving only fresh homemade food, the chefs baked his own bread every day.
I must say that these new couple really are doing a high level of service and food.
We got a small appertizer, that was an pumpking soup to start with, and after we got the lovely breast of duck and the tenderloin, it was to must tender meat we ever had.
The chefs dessert is so good, we had the apple cake and the cheese cake, i can only say one thing, go and try it if you come to almunecar, It is a hidden gem.
Favorite Dish: I loved the beast af duck, with fresh garnish and potatoes.
Highly recommended and apprently Michelin recommended top nosh restaurant. I have never been (no-one would come with me!)
The kitchen this open fron:
12,30 to 14,30
19,30 to 21,30
Sunday evenings and all day Monday.
July and August:
Open evey day.
*If anyone has been here lately, please pass on any tips !
(ie have to book? good time to eat there etc)
* Aug '08Never got there - Next time!
El Horno Candida was a real discovery! Almunecar's catering students practise their restuarant skills here, supervised by top chefs. You get offered top quality food, beautifully presented, for bargain prices. The restaurant is beautiful too. The 'horno' is an ancient oven on the ground floor, which is so big they have a large table and chairs inside. There are many cosy corners and special places in the restaurant.
Even the bread was delicious, the service was unhurried and courteous and, when we visited, there were TV cameras filming in the kitchen!
Favorite Dish: I chose the chicken stuffed with mangoes (see picture). It was around 12 euros for a main dish.
The Handsome Man and I really liked the restaurant at the Hotel Casablanca, although the Little Rock Chic & pal weren't so keen. The food was fresh, of a high quality and they had some excellent wines from all over Spain rather than just the Granada region. Service was efficient and they really knew their menu and wines.
It is also positioned in a little terrace, in a square, near to the cross and the sea and a small market (during summer months). So while youa re waiting for your food with a nice chilled glass of vino, the kids can have a little look around .
Favorite Dish: The pulpo was the best I've had in a long time.
They also stock a fantastic light, crisp whtie wine (pictured) which is very hard to get in other restaurants in Almunecar (although not cheap at 16 E a bottle).
There are two beach bars in this area near a very small children’s fair. The smaller one only has outside seating and serves beer in plastic glasses. There is an old rowing boat filled with sand where the sardines and gambas are grilled. The food is excellent, it is a great place to people watch but don’t expect sophistication.
Update Sept.09. The bar has been closed for the last year as the ill-fated underground parking has devestated this area. The old rowing boat remains to remind you of the old days.
Another small bar that had beer and very good tapas for 1.5e and pleasant service. The bar interior was small but there were tables outside, There was a little bit of traffic movement from neighbouring residents that did create a little bit of noise and fumes.
update Sept.09 No visit made because in June 08 there was a rise in prices.
This is a very small bar in a side street in the old part of town. Look up the narrow street from the Calle del Carmen (perhaps) for the Estrella Damm beer sign. The beer is served in 200ml bottles and there are only fish tapas and the price is 1e! The tapas are excellent and the place is unbelievable. The bar is run by the owner who must do more hours than the European Directive stipulates. His wife is in the kitchen and they have some help from a young woman who helps serving and preparing. There are about 5 bar stools and four small tables. You can ask for a hand written menu on a napkin which gives the day's freshly prepared fish dishes. The place is very basic but not to be missed.
Update Sept.09. Still exceptional seafood tapas, beer and wine 1.20e.
The bar has a good menu del dia. The mixed fish and shellfish platter at the next table looked fantastic and proved far too much for the couple who had ordered it. Outside on the pavement the seating was a bit tight.
update Sept.09. The Menu del Dia has a good choice and is excellent value. Beware, the size of the portions can be large. The internal restaurant is large and comfortable. Closed on a Monday.
This bar and restaurant had an excellent value menu del dia (8.9e). The tapas looked good and on the beach terrace you have the cooling breeze and a close view of the sea.
update Sept.09. The location can not be better but the service and quality of the food has fallen. The Menu del Dia gave little choice and did not inspire you to go back.
This small bar is on the opposite side of the road to the Tourist Information office just before the park. Excellent tapas at 1.25Euro with the drink and worth the wait if you can not immediately get a table.
update Sept.09. The outside eating area has been extensively improved. The tapas are large and good value. It is popular with locals and holiday makers with a Menu del Dia at under 10e
This appeared to be a very popular bar even in the quiet first week of May(2008). The bar on a busy night is an example of perpetual motion with a mix of bedlam. The two waiters were almost running as they served the needs of the customers. There are eight tables that each has two beer dispensers. You can serve yourself and the electronics are sophisticated enough to show on a screen how much beer has been consumed on your table and to inform the waiters when more tapas are due. The beer gets cheaper the more you consume. There are other tables and a large bar where drinks are served normally by the waiters (as is the case if you do not want to use the special dispensers).The tapas were mostly hot with a very good variety and generous portions (1.5euro).
Sept.09 update. Still as good and just as popular with now an excellent Menu del Dia (10.80e). Beer still 1.50e and wine 1.80e.
Bar Avenida (Lute y Jesús)
Avenida de Europa
Lute y Jesus is about two thirds of the way up the Avenida de Europa from the sea and this bar is busy from morning to late at night. The service is good and the food excellent. The menu del dia is not available all day and most of the tables are given over to meals in the evening. Through the day the tapas are excellent and the fried fish is recommended but you may have to wait for a table as this is a very popular place.
In 2008, the variety and quality of the tapas seems to have fallen somewhat.
Small bar and restaurant inside but loads of tables outside in the Plaza de la Constitucion. Service attentive and the tapas freshly prepared. Tapas and cana 1.50euro. Watch out for the waiter who is a Roger Federer double.
The building and restaurant does not look good but the menu del dia (three courses, bread and drink 11.95e) changes each day with a wide choice of dishes and is good value. The first course of bean stew (Thursday) and the chick pea (Monday) were both excellent. They are served at the table from a tourine so get the big smile ready to encourage a large helping. The gespacho was also very good.
In the afternoon the old men gather outside on the terrace for a very animated and loud dominoes session.
Favorite Dish: The soups on the first course are almost a meal on their own.