Friday, February 22, 2013
The first stop on our Bus Tour was to The Nerja Caves where the bus parked. We all got off and headed for the RESTAURANTE DE CUEVA NERJA. Most of us sat at the back, where there were lovely panoramic views of the Sea and had a nice cup of coffee.
Their Cafeteria offers a variety of pastry and ice cream.
The restaurant offered a Buffet and daily local fish dishes.
As someone who has lived here for 8 years and frequented redonda on numerous occasions it never ceases to amaze me how bad redonda is getting!! the beer is far to expensive, you get treated like a tourist always (apologies to tourists) which means poor customer service, only sometimes offered a tapa, bar staff are pretty rude and tend to ignore you for as long as possible and then to add insult to injury when you get your bill you will inevitably find drinks on there that you never had!! This has now happened to myself and friends on several separate occasions and NONE of us will ever go back. A huge dissapointment as i have been coming here every year for over 40 years. My advice is go to bar picoteo round the corner( the one with the barrells outside) sure the beer is still expensive, but customer service is great and the tapas are the best in nerja! if you must go to redonda, please remember to check your bill carefully!
Traditional Pub Grub is served at Potters Bar which is basic and reasonably priced. It is a traditional English pub which is small with a pleasant atmosphere where customers talk to each other. It has the feel of a small village establishment. The clientèle is a mixture of Holiday home owners and Tourists. There is a small old fashioned television set showing British TV but it was not on at a loud volume. The service was friendly and drinks prices were lower than average. The biggest negative was the large Pool Table which seemed to take up about a third of the small space and in our opinion was inappropriate for the size of the place. However it is certainly worth popping in for a drink or some food if you are in the area. In the winter it is not open open on Sundays or lunchtime. possibly in the summer season opening times may be different
Favorite Dish: Chicken
Great restaurant, delicious food and excellent service. Very close to "Balcon de Europa", this is one of the best restaurants I´ve been to in Nerja.
Favorite Dish: The scallops. Great presentation and very creative cuisine!
Because Nerja came to our rescue twice when we were looking for a place to spend a night or two, combined with the fact that we so enjoyed our three evening meals at Bar El Bosque, this little seaside town will always be one of our favourite memories of Andalusia. The El Bosque is actually a British-themed sports pub with large TVs mounted around its inside walls and is quite popular in the summer with its small streetside patio. As you can see from the photo, it did not look too attractive in winter with a seasonal heated canopy covering that part of the sidewalk. We walked through it into the dark bar area itself, picking the same corner spot each time. On our first visit we did not say much as we listened to the nearby patrons talking away with a strong British accent. Returning to the same spot a few nights later after our Atlantic coast adventures, the same couple was in the same spot. We ended up having great conversations with them and again the following evening. The guy turned out to be a Yorkshireman who had been a coal miner all his life and then retired several years ago at age 49, now spending his winters in Nerja as part of the British 'diaspora'.
Favorite Dish: The bartender was a big friendly fellow who knew what he was doing (2nd photo) and his female counterpart, Adele, was apparently famous as a cook at a nearby establishment called the Crazy Cow. We tried some of her dishes there at El Bosque and they were fantastic. Our first one was a shared plate of creamy Afghan curry called 'Shoarma' served with rice, very tasty and with just the right amount of spice (3rd photo - no flash). We enjoyed the same dish just as much the second time when we returned after our little hiatus. On our third night, Adele, who interacted with these regular customers of hers that we were sitting with, suggested we try her Indonesian platter (4th photo). It contained a medley of chicken satay in peanut sauce, spring rolls, rice and a piquant salad for 7.50 Euros and was every bit as good as the curry meals. By the time our evening ended two glasses of wine and two Guinness beers later, the total bill was only 20 Euros ($US26). We always left Bar El Bosque with a smile on our faces as we made the short downhill walk back to Hostal Marazul!
Bagels & Tapas is situated tpwards the sea/ beach end of Calle Malaga, next to PLaza de Congrejos. The staff are all very welcoming, especially to families and all the food is cooked on the premises. Even the burgers are home made to the chef's secret recipe. The menu is very varied and great value, offering light bites such as fresh bagels with delicious fillings, lovely salads, to chilli cheeseburgers, bbq ribs and chicken wings and platters for two to share.
The restaurant is modern and comfortable with a lovely terrace.
Favorite Dish: I can personally recommend the tuna and smoked salmon salad, the cheeseburger made with swet chilli sauce and the Thai prawn curry. hey also make real cocktails and healthy smoothies.
Great food, really nice change after all the standard tourist's restaurants. Clean and good value for money. Nice square close to the beach with entertainment in the evening.
Favorite Dish: Mixed tapas plate for 2 with sangria, mmmm.... Also great bagels with delicious toppings. We almost eat everything from the menu.
From the list of "Appropriate Themes" for "this" restaurant I could have ticked every one because the variety of eating places in Neja is so great.
Even 20 years ago there were dozens - - some said hundreds -of restaurants to choose from. We always looked for local and preferred Spanish owned and run.
Our very favourite was El Punte, on the old bridge across from Supersol supermarket - when it was a posh transport caff,with a bar for locals and a terrific value, everyday Spanish restaurant.According to one of the family it is still there (June 2009) but they did not go there this timeMore and more restaurants now seem to cater specifically to the Brits - many are British owned.
Several of the restaurants on Burriana Beach were excellent on a winter holiday for lunch - cheap and cheerful Salad with - whatever you chose. One of the beach restaurants used to do enormous paellas - always very popular for Sunday lunch. It was a way along to towards the end of the line of restaurants furthst from the town centre. In late summer and early autumn it was fun to eat there too but more crowded. And very crowded from June -September.
Another favourite was Merendero Moreno, Playa Burriana.
In town we liked best the following (all still in business,according toour daughter who recently returned from her 12th visit to Nerja)
Casa Luque, Plaza Cavana, 2, Elegant Spanish dining not cheap.
Marisquería la Marea, Plaza Cantarero. Good fish and sea food . Moderate prices+.
El Gato Negro, Calle Hernando de Carabeo, 19. Pasta and pizza.Moderate.
We found this restaurant with the most beautiful of views and excellent food by chance on a drive along the old coast road.
It was then run by a Swedish family and after our first stop there we went back several times -not only for the views but the excellent food.
It is now English owned with a very good reputation. We have not eaten there since it changed hands though another member of the family has and recommends it - particularly for a special occasion.
With the intermittant rain showers we had in Nerja, it was very convenient that Hostal Marazul had an attached cafe/restaurant at ground level. Enclosed in a large plastic weather-proof arrangement attached to the main building, and taking up part of the sidewalk, it also was where the check-in/out activities took place. It seemed to have it's crowd of English 'regulars' whenever we ate there, particularly a long-haired older English gentleman who always sat in the same place and had a large mug of beer for breakfast while he smoked. He was never in much of a hurry.
Favorite Dish: We also ate all three of our breakfasts in Nerja there - with our first visit consisting of toasted ham & cheese 'mixtos' (2.50 Euros each) washed down by the local con leche coffee with milk and sugar added to taste (0.70 Euros). Our last two breakfasts when we returned three days later consisted of the same drinks but we had switched to toasted buns with jelly for about the same price. The enclosure was not totally air-tight, with the result being that the local Sparrow population was able to infiltrate and would lurk at an adjoining table ready to pounce on wayward pieces of bread at any second (2nd and 3rd photos)! The restaurant had a good selection of dishes - we just normally keep breakfasts quite simple.
After working our way up through the convoluted streets of Cómpeta we just happened to find an open parking space almost in front of the Hotel Balcon de Cómpeta. From there, we took a short stroll into the maze of streets but quickly ended up spending an hour in an internet cafe we chanced upon, catching up on our messages. By 12:30 PM, after making our way past a few closed restaurants, we ended up back at the hotel and decided to give their outdoor rear patio seating a go. It turned out that they were open for meals, so we picked a spot in their almost deserted seating area that had a good view of the town below . Although sunny, it was the coldest I felt while in Spain with a strong and chilly wind blowing - but we refused to give up our view!
Favorite Dish: While waiting for our food orders to appear, we enjoyed gazing over Cómpeta as we sipped on drinks of white wine for Sue and a glass of San Miguel beer for me. We both thought some hot food would help to warm us up, so Sue ordered a Vegetable Pasty (7 E) while I ended up with a combination of a large bowl of Vegetable soup (4 E), a plate of garlic Prawns Pil-Pil (4E) and a large hunk of bread. They must have started the Pasty from scratch because it took forever to come (and was delcious when it did) so we shared my soup and prawns in the meantime. We took our time just enjoying sitting still with such a great view, and the weather warmed up a bit as the day wore on, while I sipped on a second beer to help wash the meal down. Our total bill came to 25 Euros (US$35) before the tip. The waiter was friendly and efficient and a few other customers began to show up as we neared the end of our meal.
Came across this little treasure by accident. Tucked away beside the Hotel Jimesol on Calle Chaparil, this is a true Irish pub with a veritable Irish proprietor, Martin, who hails from Cork City. I was told that the Chef, Sharron, had been on board since the beginning of May so I didn't really expect much (I was there mid-May). Was I wrong! Her tapas is excellent...some of the best I'd had since I arrived in Nerja. She also makes her own vinaigrettes which are light and flavorful. All her portions are generous and well presented. The ingredients were very fresh. I ordered the fish n' chips and expected to be served a greasy meal. Wrong again! The batter (made with Guinness) was crisp and light and the chips were also crisp and were straight from the spud and not the freezer! Desserts looked very tasty, but I'll have to try them on my next trip. Sharron's enthusiasm and passion for food and her vibrant personality combined with Martin's quiet warmth and friendliness make this little pub a must place to dine and enjoy the chat and music. The pub also caters to Irish weddings with sit-down or buffet style meals. With advance notice, they will also serve breakfast for small groups or a crowd. I liked the energy and the friendly, comfortable ambience of the place. Friends and strangers alike would walk in off the street to a warm welcome. Dined there three times and was very pleased with each meal. Thank you, Martin and Sharron!
Favorite Dish: Have to say the Fish n' Chips. I was so surprised by the light, crispy batter and that the chips were real potatoes. Had tapas on two occasions and loved it both times.
tucked away behind the prom at the lighthouse end of the beach at torrox costa. very intimate and friendly. ran by an englishman and his swedish partner.all of the food is home cooked and fresh. the owners are very friendly and interacted with the clients, we must of spent an hour chatting about diferent things. as i have said all of the food is fresh and the menu extensive, inc specials of the day etc, a must visit if you are in torrox.
Favorite Dish: i had fillet steak in a wild mushroom sauce, the steak was not small by any means, and the fresh veg were great, followed by apple pie and real custard (i know im a bit boring, but i love my trad puds) there were many more exotic choices right acroos the menu
A small restaurant run by a Dutch couple who spent a lot of time in Thailand ,which has influenced their cooking. Meals are freshly prepared, delicious and incredibly cheap. 8 Thai fishcakes with 2 dipping sauces for 4 euro. They were gorgeous. We only found it on our last night otherwise I could comment on other dishes. We will return to Nerja and definitely to this address! The house white wine was only 8 Euro and very palatable.SORRY GUYS WHEN BACK IN NERJA RECENTLY(MAY2008) SADLY DISCOVERED RESTAURANT DID NOT SURVIVE THE WINTER...VERY SAD AS IT WAS REALLY GOOD..AH WELL RESEARCH WILL CONTINUE !!
Lovely ambience. Youare invited to sit on comfy couches to lookat the menu beside lovely cuddly toys! Prices are reasonable. I started with a tasy Mushroom Risotto followed by herb crusted rack of Lamb.Mint sauce offered. The thyme was from their own garden. The dish was tasty and there was a vast amount of meat! My wife had soup ,fresh and tasty followed by the pork knuckle. It was huge and carved by the chef at the table, plenty of crackling and succulent pork. She was unable to finish it. Apple sauce provided. UPDATE back in Nerja in May 2008...Restaurant has changed hands...VERDICT....good but different
Favorite Dish: Definitely try the Pork or Lamb. Service is naturally relaxed as all dishes are freshly prepared. The two ladies who run the restaraunt are charming and friendly. We tried to return but it was closed for a few days holidays....well deserved.