El Carnicero Grill Cancelada: Awful and upsetting!
How a holiday evening out with family can go so wrong? We have been to El Carnicero Grill once before and were badly stung by the hidden extras but went again prepared to take it easy on kids fizzy drinks. The food was ok although the portion size has halved this year (2012) compared to previous. The problem we encountered was with the staff. My husband rather painfully found out that the butter dish had shattered into the butter AFTER he had eaten and chewed through a rather large chunk of plate! Luckily no blood lost just very sore teeth and a few scratches. My son managed to spit out his "chunks of plate, bread and butter" when my husband started choking on his! I was saved the ordeal as hadn't started yet! The waiter dutifully apologised and removed the offending butter. Now - one of the extras on the bill is a comparatively expensive cover charge which I disputed paying due to the fact we hadn't eaten the so called complimentary bread and butter due to what I thought was fairly obvious reasons. The waitress / cashier / manageress then proceeded to HIT HE ROOF! To cut what is dangerously becoming a long rant short, she accused us of lying. Making it up and being dishonest!! (If only I had had the foresight to save it!? or taken a picture!? but never in a million years thought that would be necessary) but we were dumbfounded! She was rude, aggressive and distressingly confrontational and repetitively accused us of being liars without proof who were trying to dodge paying the cover charge. It was such an unexpected response. All we wanted was an apology and for her to remove the cover charge. (a grand sum of 7euros) When we tried to explain what happened and the damage to the china plate and my husbands teeth she started demanding to see his teeth!! If I wasn't so upset by the viciousness of her attack on us I might of thought it was some sort of sick set up! I have since complained to the management. But it was emotionally upsetting. I am not easily upset or intimidated but it was so unwarranted and unprovoked it upset me and my young family deeply. The manageress then told us not to come back as we were barred!! Unforgettable and unforgivable. my little boy was never before witnessed such a spectacle and hopefully will never have to again at such a young age. A terrible terrible experience!! Don't go! but if you do eat with extreme care and don't upset the staff! (oh yes - and don't order too many drinks and you'll pay more for the drinks than you do for the stingy food)
Favorite Dish: Food ok - overpriced extras just don't make it worth it.
Snack bar Viceversa: Best breakfast,exelent for lunch or dinner!
Viceversa offers you a fantastic breakfast,full english or irish,with black and white pudding,homemade hashbrown,heinz beans(i think the only place around Estepona where they use the Heinz beans.And then,for lunch and dinner it´s a quite impressive menu,even dutch snacks available.i undersatnd it changed hands recently,so the new owner is doing her best to transform it,now she is setting a dinning room next door,it has a little terrace,very nice beer,Amstel,good coffee too,large selection of international beers,and the house wine is fantastic,i even asked for a bottle to take away.they do free tapas twice a week,happy hour...overall,exelent place
Favorite Dish: dont have a favorite dish,but i know that it´s homemade food!
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
Trader Vic's Mai-Tai Lounge: This was excellent!
There was not much happening in Estepona for restaurants on the evening of Christmas Day, but our B&B hosts mentioned that the nearby restaurants of Laguna Village (details in my 'General' tips) might offer us some hope. The Spanish tend to eat late anyway and we were actually a bit early in turning up at around 7 PM as we searched for any place at all that was open in the Village - it seemed that Trader Vic's was the only choice, so in we went.
Favorite Dish: It was not busy at all, in fact we ended up being their only customers, so service was quick! The prices did not look outrageous and I was in the mood for some nice international-flavoured food, so this place was suiting me to a tee. The Malayan Prawn Skewers with coconut lime dipping sauce (14 Euros) was my choice, while Sue opted for Beef To To hunks on wooden skewers to be finished on a flaming Hibachi delivered to our table (9.25 E) while her sister decided to go with Crab Rangoon consisting of crab meat and cream cheese folded into a wonton (also 9.25 E). A glass of red wine for me and white wines for the ladies brought the total bill with tip and taxes to 56 Euros. We all quite enjoyed our meal as we tried a few flavours from each of the plates but we soon got the impression that the staff would like us to move along so they could close the restaurant for the evening. They probably wanted to get back to their families to finish Christmas off, so that was OK with us - we had enjoyed our little extravaganza and were ready to retire to the B&B.
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
Casa Sol y Luna: Very nice breakfasts
Part of our B&B room rate included breakfasts and this view shows the set-up we had for breakfasts each morning (the far end of the room holds the TV and couch we used during our evening meal on our first night - also beside our bedroom door is another door leading out to the swimming pool). Beside the dining room table was a refrigerator and also a bar with an opening into the adjoining kitchen.
Favorite Dish: Every morning, our hosts had various types of jams available as well as bread ready for us to toast, to go with the hot water for tea or coffee. They also prepared hard-boiled eggs for us in the kitchen and also served up glasses of fresh orange juice. I even managed to find a bottle of hot Tabasco sauce to 'juice' my eggs up a bit!
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
B & B Casa Sol y Luna: Christmas Eve 'feast'
Our drive from Cadiz had resulted in a late arrival at our B&B so, combined with the facts that it was Christmas Eve and we had already done enough driving for one day, we decided to just stay put and make ourselves a meal from the picnic supplies we always carried with us. We had a nice large dining room at our B&B available for our use and our hosts also had a variety of CD movies to choose from, so it seemed like a good idea.
Favorite Dish: In the end, our 8:30 PM meal consisted of a plate of ham, cheese and mayo on buns, some potatoe chips and slices of fresh Spanish oranges to go with a few glasses of red/white wine. I actually enjoyed our movie too - "Leaving Las Vegas" starring Nicolas Cage in a very realistic performance as an alcoholic that won him an Oscar!
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
Plenty: Good food
La Menorah, 5 min walk from apartment located right on the A7 road heading out from estepona towards Algeciras, theres a big sign by the side of the road.
Its a bit upmarket and pricier but the food is great, i had a sea bass with some great wine. for two of us it was about 80euros.
Swings next door was closed but if meant to be good.
La Casa, a french bistro at the Marina is ok, meal for 2 with wine about 60 euro.
Reinaldo's down the marina is constantly busy, they do beer and tapas.
The place next door, Hallogens or something like that do great tapas for 1.50 euro per dish, its great.
We also self catered and theres plenty of supermarkets to do so.
Heladería Italiana: Excellent ice creams - Excelentes helados
This is an excellent ice cream parlour. Actually it's not called "heladería italiana" but this is how it's well-know by the locals. The cafeteria is owned by an Italian family who made their own handycraft ice creams.
Esta es una excelente helader?a. Verdaderamente no se llama "heladería italiana", pero así es como se conoce entre la población. La cafetería pertenece a una familia italiana que hace sus propios helados artesanalmente.
All of them - Todos: Marina - Puerto
There are lot of international expensive restaurants here. There are Italians, Chineses, Thai, Irish...
Hay muchos restaurantes caros aquí. Los hay italianos, chinos, tailandeses, irlandeses...
Chiringuitos: Delicious fried fish - "Pescaito" frito
There are local restaurants like that at every Costa del Sol town. Their speciality is the fried fish and even the "paella" (Spanish speciality of rice with meat, fish and seafood). This restaurants are located directly on the beach and it let them a special atmosphere. The main problem is that they are too crowed in summers, specialy at weekends.
Hay restaurantes locales como estos en cada ciudad de la Costa del Sol. Sus especialidades son el pescado frito e incluso la paella (especialidad española consistente en arroz con carne, pescado y marisco). Estos restaurantes están situados directamente en la playa, lo que les dá un ambiente especial. El principal problema es que están muy llenos en verano, especialmente los fines de semana.
Favorite Dish: I love the squid rings fried!
¡Me encantan los calamares fritos!
Rayuela's: Rayuela's (Argentinian Restaurant)
This is a tiny, cosy restaurant tucked away just off Calle Real and Av'da San Lorenzo. The menu is extensive with plenty to chose from. Steaks, chicken, ham, fish, pasta and a small but varied wine list.
The waiter who was working when we visited was really friendly and helped my with my pronounciation of the menu (which he told me was more French than Spanish :lol:).
Favorite Dish: Argentinian Pasties - very tasty!!
Just be warned the main courses are HUGE servings so it might be an idea to share a starter if you have a smaller appetite!
We visited Estepona again during July 2005, and ate at Robbies. I can heartily recommend it - it was a great dining experience!
Inside you are welcomed by smartly dressed waiters and Robbie himself who is a really nice Australian guy, who has lived in Spain for the past 35 years.
It's like entering a Hollywood Aladdins Cave - the walls are strewn with photos of film stars, and movie memorabilia. The furniture is a mish mash of fat, squishy sofas, opulent wooden thrones, and little stools, set around a huge art deco glass table. None of it should go together but somehow it all looks so good!!
The restaurant itself is sectioned off into different little areas, all air conditioned which is great as it's such a small place it could get a bit stuffy.
Favorite Dish: Sole with spinach and prawns - creamy but light, served with rice. A real melt in the mouth dish :-)
We chose the house wine Faustino VII which was georgous and only €10 per bottle which was great value!
I recommend you make the effort and visit Robbies - it's a little tricky to find, but if you have a street map you should be able to find it OK!
I will definately be going back to sample the rest of the menu :-)
NOVEMBER 2005 UPDATE
We returned and enjoyed it so much we ate there twice!! I had the grilled sea bass and theother half had one of the steaks with caviar, blackberries and spinach wrapped in a pancake - sounds wierd but it was heavenly and the steak melted in your mouth!!
Mare Nostrum: Welcome to China.......in Spain!
Again, another Chnese restuarant. This one is situated more in the throng of things happening hence it being busier. I was actually having lunch in the restaurant next door to it so I thought I would take a photo!
If you like Chinese food and fancy something different when youre over in Spain, then I suggest you try this place. The food l;ooked quite tasty, and it seemed to have all the usual affair.
Nuevo Mundo (new World): A home away from home!
I haven't been here to eat I must admit because when you live in a country with Chinese food 24/7 right at your doorstep, you kind of steer away from it when you go on holiday! I just thought I would show this to let you know how very popular Chinese restaurants are in Spain. There are actually quite a lot of Chinese working up the coast, many of whom can only speak a little Spanish and who almost always find jobs in Chinese restaurants as chefs or waiters. I once had a job in Puerto Banus, a really expensive port another 30minute drive up from Estepona, and there were several Chinese there. I was working at a stall over the summer selling furniture from Asia and one guy always used to come by and say hello when he had time. He was a lovely Chinese man and we used to speak Chinese together which made him feel less homesick and helped me practice!
A somewhat useless piece of information for you, and slightly going off track from the main point....excuse me!
Restaurant Thailandes Bankok: Tasty Chinese
I was a little dubious about eating chinese food in Europe as I've had a few poor meals in the past.
Bankok however, was one of the nicest meals of the holiday.
The restaurant itself is too brightly lit but that's probably the only bad point I could make.
The staff were lovely but we weren't sure whether to speak spanish or english to them so we settled for english.
We had salt & pepper ribs and wantons to start with. The ribs were a little disappointing as they were just little knobbly bits of rib with not much meat on them, but the salt & pepper coating they were in was very tasty.
For mains we had Crispy Beef, which is strips of deep fried beef with chillis and spring onions - quite spicy but not uncomfortably hot. We also had chicken with cashew nuts which came cooked in a rich sauce with loads of cashew nuts.
We made the mistake of ordering boiled rice for me and fried rice for Chris and it was far too much - only 1 rice would have been sufficient.
It's worth mentioning they do takeaway as well! I'm not sure they'd delivery all the way to my house though!
The Vines: Beautiful Location
The Vines is run by a lovely English couple who've run restaurants in France and Spain before they came to Estpona. They serve up a mixture of International dishes so you're sure to find something you like on the menu.
You can eat outside if you like but we went inside where the decor is heavily influenced by the owners love of wine. if you have a question about any of the wines on the menu they will be able to answer you.
We shared a garlic mushroom starter which was lovely. I had the chicken in a mushroon sauce for my main course. It was creamy without being sickly and very more-ish! Chris had pork in honey and mustard sauce which again was delicious. You get a generous serving of roast potatoes and vegetables as well.
I had the cheesecake for dessert mmmmmmmmmm I was fit to burst afterwards!!
The vines is on the left of the picture with the awning and the tables & chairs outside