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!
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.
We ate in this stylish and spotlessly clean restaurant and it was most enjoyable. The food was good, beautifully and creatively presented. Their gazpacho (a cold, Spanish soup which is very refreshing), was particularly wonderful .
We noticed the tapas looked particularly good and returned the following day, for lunch in the bar and we weren't dissappointed. When we return to Nerja, Casa Luque will definitely be a regular lunch spot, although evening dining is a little more expensive.
Put this on your Nerja restaurant list for a spceial meal out, in your nicer clothes.
In warm weather there is a lovely garden overlooking the sea.
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.
Burriana beach is lined with beachside restaurants, the most famous being Ayo's, who provide the vision of Paella being cooked in huge pans over open log fires, catering for up to 100 people at a time. Spanish families flock here on Sunday lunchtimes. Ayo himself has become something of a celebrity having been featured on holiday programmes. He is always happy to have a chat about the cooking of paella and apparently, was one of the original young lads to discover the Caves of Nerja.
It is open during the whole year, from the morning until the evening.
An experience not to be missed.
Favorite Dish: Paella (pronounced 'pie-ell-ya' in phonic English !) - can come in different varieties. I usually opt for a seafood paella. It is delicious and very filling.
A portion costs just €4.80
There is also a reasonably priced menu for other Spanish food.
Frequented by locals and tourists alike, you will find the Round Bar in the old part of town on Calle Glora . It is a great Andalucian bistro type place serving value for money good quality food. Often, if you just call in for a drink you can be served with a complimentary Tapas.
Sometimes,we just intended to pop in for a quick beer, but the tapas (set around a circular bar) were just too tempting and we stayed much longer.
Although obviously contemporary in decor, this bar reminds me of old Spanish style place in the way that you are charged a rough amount for what you have eaten or drunk.. A beer is the price of a beer, but when you start eating the tapas, the price of the beer seems to go down, (or quite often, completely disappear)! Our bills were always unexpectably low here.
A good variety of tapas were available, for veggy, fish or meat eaters alike, and much to my delight, they nearly always had 'Boquerones Fritos' available - Yum!
Dishes are typically available in different sizes, tapa or raciones or a large plate.
Recommended, (although, as it was so busy in May, I expect the summer could be rather hard to grab a stool).
Favorite Dish: Boquerones (fried, not in vinegar) and often hard to find elsewhere.
I cannot comment on the food here as I only popped in for a drink. But every night (winter) the restaurant seemed very busy. You get a propper Spanish flavour at this place with the hams hanging up (and not just for show). The decor is very Adalucian. and very comfortable looking.
Beer here is Alhambra - Very nice.
Favorite Dish: As I say, I only popped in for a drink but a very nice few glasses of Alhambra beer was consumed.
Steps inside. Not good for wheelchairs.
At last, I remembered the name of the place. This is one of our favourite restaurants in Nerja and a place where you can eat with the locals. When the Small Person was even smaller, 'Antonio' popped her into a high chair in the kitchen with his own brood of small people, so we could enjoy our meal in peace (She was in full view of us, but with other small people, so she wasn't bored). Fantastic! She was dutifully brought back (smiling away) happily, for deserts.
Natuarally, I like Spanish food and this place does great tapas.It is also reasonably priced.
An excellent menu sellection in comfortable surroundings. There is a patio to eat outside in warmer weather. You don't feel crammed in. There is ample space between tables. The food is very good and moderately priced. I eat there a lot and could recommend it to anyone who likes Indian food.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Dupiaza is my favourite dish, but all the other meals I have had there are eqally as good. Booking in advance is not usually necessary, but this is a popular restaurant.
Steps up from the pavement.
you can sit at the small round tables and take in some tapas, or sit down in the restaurant for a full 3 course meal
their menu is definately posh Spanish
Favorite Dish: their white gazpacho soup was wonderful, full of the flavour of almonds, oils and balsamic vinegar and a couple of hidden raisins too!
English Cafe - Bar A wide sellection of food is available here, from Bangers and mash to Roast Sunday lunches. Tea and coffee can also be taken here along, of course, with draught San Miguel etc.
Whilst this is listed as a restaurant, everyone is perfectly welcome to drop in just for a beer or coffee or pot of tea.
La Torna has just changed hands (Summer 2005) but the tradition of good food is carried on by the new owners and will continue to be known as Big Al's.
There is a covered terrace to the side where drinks and meals can be consumed al fresco. Waiter service to all tables is available.
San Miguel on draught here.
Favorite Dish: My personal favourite is Steak in Ale pie. It is reasonably priced and you will not go away hungry.
Level access and refitted toilets.
Here is another excellent restaurant serving Indian quisine. When you first look into the place you may be forgiven for thinking that the place is empty, and I always recommend "do not eat in a resaurant with no people in it", however if you enter and walk through you will find how big the place actually is. Everyone, in warm weather, is outside at the rear dining underneath the stars by cadle light. A truly romantic and unforgetable experience.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I ate meat Biriani, but have eaten many dishes here which are all good.
One step up then all level inside.
This is a little chiringutio on Torrox-Costa promenade. Nothing fancy but great food., fish grilled on open fire. They also serve paella for one which can be dificult to find.
Very Spanish looking, waiter/owner has reasonable English. English menu available.
Favorite Dish: Fried anchovies
We selected this restaurant over the dozens of other choices because they happened to have tomato soup on the menu. It was very good by the way. Restaurante Sevillano offers street side seating in addition to two floors of indoor seating and a rooftop patio. The restaurant is fairly small but they sure do pack visitors in. They offer an "early bird" special (as many of the local restaurants do) that is about €20 and comes with a starter, main course, desert and a bottle of wine. It's a great deal but as I recall it's only valid until about 8:30p.
Service is friendly and you're likely to find at least one of the wait staff speaking English if you don't speak Spanish. English menus are also available.
Favorite Dish: The hake in champagne sauce is very good and is highly recommended. For a starter I would also recommend the tomato soup which has a hint of bell pepper if I'm not mistaken. Also add a nice bottle of wine to your meal from their decent wine list. Finally leave some room for the fresh strawberries with whipped cream.
Are you looking for something to bring down to the beach for a picnic? Want a good hot meal but don't want to spend a lot of euros? If this is the case bring yourself over to Palacio del Pollo Asado for a fresh hot roasted chicken meal. For just €9 you can get a whole fresh roast chicken right off of the spit in addition to home made potatoes and dipping sauce (ali-oli or hot and spicy). For a bit more you can add a cold beer or soda from their refrigerator. There also sell other variations on the meal as well as 1/2 chickens all for very reasonable prices.
This was a great meal to take back to our hotel balcony overlooking the ocean.