Tiki: Something for everyone
A receptionist at the Apartamentos Bajondillo recommended this restaurant, just a short stroll along the Paseo Mairitimo from the apartments, so our group of 15 headed there for dinner on Friday evening. We got a friendly welcome and tables were quickly rearranged to seat us together. The menu here is a mix of Spanish (tapas) and international, but the theme, slightly oddly, appears to be Polynesian or similar, with a colourful fish tank, shellfish murals and other tropical island motifs.
Favorite Dish: Chris and I had eaten a late lunch so wanted something reasonably light, which both our choices proved to be. Chris’s goats cheese ravioli was pronounced to be the prettiest dish of the evening, beautifully arranged on its slate platter. He found it tasty but would have been disappointed with the small size of the portion if he had been any hungrier. My salmon in a spinach sauce was colourful, and the fish was good, though I was disappointed not to be able to taste the promised ginger among all the other flavours. With the cover (olives and tortilla chips with a dip), a large draft beer for Chris and a bottle of San Miguel for me, we paid 40€ with service for our two meals – not cheap for the amount we ate but reasonable for the quality.
Other choices were pizzas (which looked excellent), burgers, salads, tuna, other pasta dishes, duck and more.
Lepanto: Delicious cakes and ice cream
We came to this excellent coffee shop twice – on Saturday afternoon for a bite to supplement our tapas lunch, and on Sunday morning for breakfast. On both occasions we were impressed by the quality of the goodies available and the reasonable prices.
Favorite Dish: On the first occasion we arrived with Stacy (beach dog)after our walk back to the centre, planning on having a coffee. But the ice creams on display near the door changed our minds for us, so it was ices all round. All were delicious, but the stand-out flavours were probably the dulce de leche and chocolate with rum. Our two-scoop bowls cost 4€ each. When the rest of our group arrived they opted for coffee and cakes, and the latter looked so good that we had to sample one too - a delicious chocolate mousse-like concoction! I’m not sure how much this lovely treat cost as Carmen (Carmela71) insisted on paying the bill for the whole group – thank you Carmen :-)
We returned the next morning for breakfast, and had a good croissant each, two cappuccinos and a glass of fresh orange juice for 11€. My only quibble would be that the coffees came with whipped cream on top - not really a cappuccino therefore, and not really to my taste. It was easily scooped off however, and the coffee beneath was good and strong.
Vinoteca Elephante: A great place for tapas and local colour
Gillian (Gillybob) had tracked down this authentic tapas and wine bar and proposed it as a good place for our Saturday lunch after our walk along the Paseo Marítimo, which indeed it proved to be. Located a couple of blocks from the sea in a more residential part of the town, it had a genuine local feel and a good selection of tapas.
Favorite Dish: Our drinks (the house white wine for me, San Miguel for Chris) were accompanied by two little treats – a small bite of tortilla and a spoon of a delicious risotto-like rice dish. We supplemented these with a selection of four tapas chosen from the display at the counter, including another tasty tortilla with chunks of herby potato, a spatchcock quail, and a slice of typical Basque black pudding topped with a fried quails egg (the tapas here are apparently Basque style rather than the local Andalucian, although to my uninitiated taste-buds the difference was not obvious, and should therefore more properly be called pinxo). Although only a light meal it was enough for us, and we paid a very reasonable 11€ (with my generous glass of wine being just 2€) – very good value indeed. I wish now we had sampled more dishes – especially as it would turn out that we would have no dinner that evening, as we got swept up in the excitement of the Barney Awards ceremony!
Restaurante La Paella: Lunch by the sea
We had a late lunch here on our first afternoon in Torremolionos, choosing it mainly for its proximity to our apartments and to the sea, as we were enjoying our first views of blue water and blue sky for some time! We also liked the fact that locals appeared to be eating here. The restaurant is on the beach side of the road and large glass windows ensure lots of light as well as a view. Seating is on plastic chairs but tables are nicely laid and the atmosphere was friendly.
Favorite Dish: We chose a selection of three raciones (larger tapas plates) – fried calamari, chips and fried peppers. The first two were fine, and there was a generous supply of lemon to squeeze on the squid, but the peppers were a little oily and lacked much flavour. We had a bottle of San Miguel each, and with the cover (bread and olives) paid about 22€ without service.
RESTAURANTE CASA FRANCO: HOME MADE MEALS
Not too far from the Sol Principe, there is a lovely beach side restaurant RESTAURANTE CASA FRANCO. It was a bright, cheery and clean place offering home made meal and desserts. We stopped in for a little bite to eat, while we were walking along the promenade. We tried a fish dish which consisted of bocherones, a small variety which is cooked in virgin olive oil and lemon. Absolutely delicious. Another of their specialties was Paella, which of course is known as the traditional dish of Spain. It is based on rice accompanied by meats, shellfish and vegetables.
Outside, the cook had several sardines place on a skewer and cooked over a wood fire. This dish is very popular and is known as an "Espeto de sardinas".
RESTAURANTE CHINO JUMBO: GREAT CHINESE FOOD
Hans and I frequented the RESTAURANTE CHINO JUMBO many times. It had a friendly atmosphere. The food was always fresh and delicious and the staff was delightful.
On our last night in Torremolinos,( February 21, 2004), Carmen, Stace and Eva joined us here for a wonderful evening of fun, food and laughter.
Favorite Dish: We usually had the menu de dia which for 5.50 Euros you received a combination plate of your choice plus dessert (cream caramel or ice cream) and coffee or tea. Excellent value and always more then plenty to eat.
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BAR RESTAURANTE --THE FLYING DUTCHMAN: TAKE A COFFEE BREAK
It is an absolute tradition with us, to stop at THE FLYING DUTCHMAN for a coffee and appelkebok ( Dutch apple pie ) whenever we go on our walks along the Promenada. I know! I know! We do all that walking and then we sit down and have apple pie with, of course slaagrom ( whipped cream ). Naughty! Naughty! But ohhhhh so good. For 2,50 Euro we get a good cup of coffee and a generous portion of delicious apple pie. And we usually slowly sip our coffee while we sit on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful views of the Playa ( Beach ) and people watch. You shouldn't be in a hurry. After all, you are in the Costa del Sol - on vacation! Enjoy!
Favorite Dish: Though we usually just go there for coffee and appelkebok, we have had lunches there too. We usually check out if there is any lunch specials, which there usually is. The waiters are always a lot of fun and Hansi can show off and talk Dutch to them.
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GRAND CAFE HET HOF: Dutch Specialties and More
We had the pleasure of eating at the GRAND CAFE' HET HOF not only once but twice. Both times we took advantage of the special they had on ( only until the end of March ). The first time we went with Hans' brother Wim, when he was in Torremolinos on a visit with us ( Jan. 17).
All three of us had the l4.50 Euro Special which included your choice of Appetizer, Choice of Entree and your dessert.
The second time we brought Carmen and Stace with us as we had raved to them how good it was. ( Feb. 5 )
Favorite Dish: The first visit, Hans had Sate with peanut butter sauce and I had the ribs. Both were absolutely delicious.
When we went with Carmen and Stace, we all had the ribs. Along with the main menu, we were also given a bowl of french fries, carrots and a salad plate. We all agreed it was excellent value and our waiter Ernest was awesome.
RESTAURANTE CHINO PROMO: MENU DEL DIA -
Also not far from our Bajondillo Apartments was the RESTAURANTE CHINO PROMO. They had a very good Menu Del Dia for 5.85 Euros plus IVA and we ate here three times. The third time the waitress gave us each a big hug - so cute!
Update: February, 2009
Hans and I again dined here and also brought Nel and Jean one night.
Spring Roll ( Rollo de Primavera ) or soup or Salad
Egg Fried Rice - Arroz Frito con Huevo
Chicken with Almonds - Pollo con Almendras
Sweet & Sour Chicken - Pollo Agridulce
Chop Suey with Chicken - Pollo con Verdura
Sweet & Sour Pork - Cerdo Agridulce
Beef with Curry Sauce - Ternera con Salsa de Curry
Chop Suey with Beef - Ternera con Verdura
Beef with Onion - Ternera con Cebolla
Dessert - Ice Cream or Caramel - Helado o Flan
or Coffee or Tea
Open every day 12:00 to 24.00
Update - Sunday, February 7, 2010
Hans and I ate here once again during our stay
We again had the "Menu Del Dia" which is still 5.85 Euros plus Iva
Update: February, 2012
Hans and I ate here again during our stay. We again had the "Menu Del Dia" which is still 5,85 Euros. A bit disappointed tho in our meal, as the spring roll was very greasy, we had to ask to refill our teapot and we had to wait for our entree until the cook was done feeding himself. Probably won't be going back anymore. Too bad for them.
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Restaurante Asiatico - Cafe Mandarin: One of our favourite spots in Spain!
Due to our long drive from Alicante to Torremolinos, we had arrived in town after the usual 4 PM closing time of most restaurants. However, our hosts at the hostal said the Chinese restaurant at the foot of the hill was good and it would be open at 7 PM. That suited us just fine and we made the short walk to be there on time - after all, this would be our first proper meal in Spain since we had arrived three nights ago (1 Madrid & 2 Alicante)! We were only the second tourist couple to arrive (and there were a few Chinese guests as well) so service was very prompt as our friendly waitress led us to a window table. Our meal was delicious, consisting of Thai Chicken and Curry Chicken dishes (8 Euros each), two bowls of white rice (6 Euros total) and a half-bottle of 2005 Rioja red wine (8 Euros). We took our time as we savoured the flavours before settling our bill of 34 Euros, including a tip - well worth it!
Favorite Dish: When we returned to the same hostal in Torremolinos two weeks later (on New Year's Eve), we once again made the short walk down the hill to the restaurant for our usual 'early' meal. This time we were the only tourists but two other large circular tables had many Chinese guests enjoying themselves. Luckily for us, although restaurant staff were preparing to serve large groups of people later on as part of the New Year celebrations, they were still taking regular customers for a couple of hours! Our same waitress led us to our window table and the staff also gave us their advice on which dishes to pick. Mine was Beef with Ginger & Spring Onions served on a searing hot sizzling platter (8.50 E) while Sue ordered Roasted Ribs with Shaza Sauce (8 E) accompanied by a bowl of white rice. We each had two glasses of red and white wines. This food was even better than the first time around and we quite enjoyed our little New Year's celebration! Total cost with a tip was about 37 Euros and I would go back any time.
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Vinoteca Elefante.: Traditional Spanish food.
Now this restaurant is a typical traditional Spanish restaurant, not a touristy restaurant. And seeing that we are talking about Torremolinos then such restaurants are rare to find and let along so close to the beach. And the tapas there were excellent and of great variety. The staff was friendly and the ambience was cozy. There were 2 large Plasma TVs in the restaurant, and seeing that it is a small restaurant then I found myself watching the TV again and again (maybe that was because we decided on not having a TV in the flat for 6 months ;) )
This being a Vinoteca of course they had a wide selection of vines as well.
The restaurant is off Calle de Salvador Allende, a bit hidden out of sight, maybe they have been able to keep it so traditional because of this.
Favorite Dish: All kinds of tapas.
RESTAURANTE CHINO SANDA: MENU DE DIA
Another one of our favourite restaurants is the RESTAURANTE CHINO SANDA. We ate here three times in four weeks. They offered an excellent 'Menu del dia" for the tidy sum of 5,20 Euros. Hans and I both had Chicken with Almonds, and every time, it came out fresh, hot and delicious as it was cooked to order. A side dish of fried rice with egg came with it. Appetizers were a choice of Chicken & mushroom soup or spring roll. I found the chicken soup very watery with very little pieces of chicken, but the spring roll was delicious and bursting with sprouts and vegetables. For dessert, you had a choice of ice cream or caramel cream cake. Coffee & tea is extra if you order dessert. All in all it's good value. Take-out is available.
Update: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Hans and I and Sonja were in the mood for Chinese. So we went to Chino Sanda together. The "Menu de Dia" is now 6,90 Euros. Hans had the sweet and sour Pork, while I had Chicken with Almonds. It was good, and there was a generous portion of chicken, but they were a little skimpy with the almonds as I counted 3. We all shared a pot of tea.
Andaluz Bar Restaurante: Andalucian Cuisine
We chose this place for it's close proximity to our apartment for our first evening meal. Torremolinos caters for all tastes, with Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, Dutch, Scandinavian, British and American restaurants in evidence.
We were hoping to try Andalucian food during our stay - tapas, fish, seafood and typical meat dishes were what we were looking for, and this place fitted the bill- it specialised in Pescaito Frito (Fried Fish) Carnes Parrilla (Grilled meat?) and Paella (the typical rice based dish)
Seating was available outside, but it was too cold that evening, so we were shown a table inside for the three of us.
It was quite a cosy bar/restaurant, with locals enjoying a quick drink at the bar. Service was friendly and efficient.
Gilly and I decided to continue our Sangria 'research' having enjoyed a jug of this local drink earlier.
This came with orange, apple and pear chunks, plus a complimentary dish of green olives.
Sonja wasn't keen on tapas, and opted for grilled fish instead.
Gilly and I perused the Tapas menu- racione sized dishes were mainly 2.70 Euros (Prawn dishes were 3 Euros) and selected 2 dishes each
I selected Pork meatballs in almond sauce and tripe (This is something that I haven't liked, when I've tried it at home, when it came in a white sauce with onions, but I wanted to try something different)
Gilly chose Iberian sausage and I think spicy pork meat.
I was very pleased with the tripe, which had a nice texture, and a smokey flavour, and came in a delicious tomato sauce, my meatballs were quite pleasant too, I was glad of the bread to mop up the juices!
We had intended to go to the bar nearby that advertised brandy and a biscuit for a night cap, but by the time we left it had closed, so we headed for the bar at our apartments instead, as it was quite cold to be walking about.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed our meal, which included
1 jug of Sangria-12 Euros
1 soft drink-1.70
Grilled sea bass-12.50
4x raciones- 2.70 each -slightly larger than a tapas portion- Gilly and I chose 2 dishes each
Bread 1 euro x 3
Total Bill for 3 persons 40 Euros
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Our mobile restaurant: Picnic in a secluded Olive grove
About an hour after leaving the big reservoir at La Viñuela near the start of our trip into the mountains, we had made it over the divide and were in rolling countryside about a half-hour short of Alhama de Granada. It was coming up on noon, and the orange that we had each eaten for breakfast in our room at the hostal had long worn off by then, so we decided to pull over into the entrance of an olive grove located beside the not very busy A-402 highway, as shown here.
Favorite Dish: Throughout the trip we periodically stopped at various supermarkets to keep our supplies of whole wheat bread, cheese, tomatoes, ham and mayonnaise topped up (2nd photo). Sue had the preparation of these sandwiches down to a science and we had some potatoe chips on the side - washed down by a cup of wine each as well as drinks from our water bottles. We both felt better after we had finished our little meal and then continued our drive to see what all the excitement was about in Alhama de Granada.
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CHICKEN LAND: ROASTED CHICKEN ON THE SPIT
Many at the Bajondillo were raving about the roast chicken - asador de pollos - that you could take-out at CHICKEN LAND. So one night Hans and I did just that. We ordered a whole chicken which was 7.50 Euros and a medium order of patatas 2.50 Euros. We asked if they could cut it in half for us which would make it easier to divvy up between us. The chicken was delicious, especially the breast meat which was so tender and juicy. The patatas were also very good. So a very reasonable meal for 10 Euros.
They had an eat-in special offer going on - 1/2 roast chicken (pollo asado), chips (patatas) and salad ( ensalada ) for 4.90 Euros which is a very good deal.
Update: Friday February 19, 2010
Take away - Tambien para llevar
Had the delicious roast chicken on the spit again, but this time ordered half roast chicken for 4 Euros plus a medium patatas for 2,50
Update: Friday January 28 & Saturday February 5, 2011
Take away - The day we arrived at the Bajondillo, it was raining, so I ran over to Chicken land and picked up a half roast chicken (still Euros 4,00) and a medium patatas ( still Euros 2,50). It was tender, juicy and delicious. The second time we got take away, I swear she gave me left over chicken from the day before, as she warmed it up in the microwave and the chicken tasted old and dry. Disappointed enough that I'll probably won't go back there again. Or if I do, I will make sure she gives us fresh chicken.