Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

La Casa del Jamon – Deli-Wine Tasting-Bar-Museum

Not only a fantastic shop and museum but A perfect place for breakfast as well, the Casa del Jamon is located halfway between the hotel Reina Victoria and the Plaza de Merced.. (uphill from the bullring by about 600 metres)

The shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.

Inside the fantastic shop the restaurant is small and cosy and is a place where you can have a breakfast for very good prices. Try the sandwich with local jamon, coffee and fresh orange juice for less than 4 euro. Or, try a tapas in the afternoon or evening…A plate of “Cinco Bellotas” and a glass of Ribera del Duero is a fantastic treat sitting at the bar whilst watching eveybody come and go…

Surprisingly enough this is also a great place to get a small present for friends and family back home.. Tins of cured meats travel easily enough!

This place should definately be on your bucket list for Ronda. :)

Calle Jerez, 14 29400 Ronda
Phone: 952 87 15 96
Fax: 952 87 15 96
Email: info@lacasadeljamon.net

Open every day except SUNDAY 9am to 9pm

Anything on the shop shelves is also available to purchase onlñine with free delivery for purchases over 200 euros so check out their website and facebook pages for more information…
http://www.lacasadeljamon.net/web/en/
https://www.facebook.com/lacasadeljamonrondamarbella/

Ronda Todays Top 5 Places To Eat. Best Tapas bars and Restaurants in Ronda.

With literally hundreds of tapas bars, restaurants and bakeries there is a lot too choose from when it comes to tasting and enjoying the local cuisine of Ronda. But, and this is a big but, some places stand out well above the rest when it comes to fine dining and high quality tapas in the white town of Ronda. Here is Ronda Todays favorite places to eat (in no particular order.) You should try to get a table at some of these places at least once during your stay! Continue reading Ronda Todays Top 5 Places To Eat. Best Tapas bars and Restaurants in Ronda.

Restaurant – El Meson Simancon – Grazalema

So you are in Ronda for a few days (or just passing through) and want to get away to the mountains for a while? Just 40 minutes away by car is the stunning Sierra de Grazalema. Why not take a drive, enjoy the scenery and a wonderful afternoon or evening meal. The Simancon restaurant is easy to find though in a somewhat unlikely location, on the edge of the main Grazalema car park. It is quiet in the afternoons and evenings & dining outside in summer is a very pleasant experience and an ideal place to sit, relax and watch the world go by. The menu of salads & other starters, including several soups, offers more than adequate choice, ranging far beyond the normal fast food fare of chips and fried pork and includes superb venison steaks, wild rabbit and roasted lamb. The waiting staff (Jesus, Patro and Cati) are friendly, helpful & attentive to everyone including vegetarian or other dietary needs so one is ever disappointed! First class wholesome food & good all round value. To reserve a table in English call Clive on (0034) 697 30 89 85 or send me an email at clive@grazalemaguide.com and I will be very happy to make your reservation.

Café Bar Faustino, Calle Santa Cecilia €€

Calle Santa Cecilia 4, near Plaza Carmen Abela
open noon until very late, Tuesday through Sunday
(closed Mondays, but available for private parties by advance arrangement)
Tel: 952 190 307

Café Bar Faustino was already legendary when it closed earlier this year for a major remodel.  It has now reopened, and to the delight of patrons, it’s truly the same, but different.  Faustino still offers a hearty “Hello” as you enter. Continue reading Café Bar Faustino, Calle Santa Cecilia €€

Restaurant Review Al Lago

If you’re looking for a special place to eat while staying in the beautiful town of Ronda or its surroundings you must take a visit to the well kept dining secret, Al Lago.

Located in the picturesque white village of Zahara de la Sierra just a short drive from Ronda on the road towards Sevilla, you pass through spectacular scenery and arrive at a shady terrace overlooking Zahara´s spring fed lake.

The restaurant and its four room boutique hotel sits at the lower end of the village surrounded by mountains and olive groves as well as the lake (a great place to take a post lunch dip on hot summer afternoons). Stefan Crites, joint owner and chef, worked for 12 years as a chef in New York before deciding to move to Spain. Opting for a lifestyle change he and his wife Mona, who runs the hotel and restaurant, have built up a well earned reputation for delicious, interesting food with an emphasis on high quality ingredients and making the most out of local produce; such as the goats cheese, wild game and the cold pressed local olive oil.

This year the focus on organic, home produced fresh fruit and vegetables has really come into its own, as they have just taken on a local huerta (orchard), where they are busy planting the vegetables that will grace the tables of the restaurant over the coming months.

Stefan prefers to use quality ingredients and re-create traditional local dishes, making them lighter and more interesting. The seared duck breast gets a drizzle of a Pedro Ximenez reduction and fresh orange slices, and the classic Ajo Blanco ( a chilled almond and garlic soup) gets paired with a refreshing watermelon granita.

Al Lago caters to both Spanish families, who make up the staple audience, as well as foodies in search of something other than the standard fare available at most eateries in the area..

The menu features a wide variety of fresh fish bought to Al Lago by a fishmonger in the renowned Cadiz fish market, so don´t be surprised to find sushi grade Tuna, or exotic sea anemonies on offer. You certainly won´t be disappointed when it comes to dessert, which is sadly so often the case in many a restaurant in the area, at Al Lago all the deserts are home made, the New York style cheesecake being a firm favorite.

Quite apart from the daily lunch menu, a reasonable 12.00 per person, there is a chefs 5 course tasting menu available with local wine pairings. Stefan and Mona also host regular Indian feast weekends, that are extremely popular, serving recipies inspired by Mona´s Indian heritage.

So if the sound of lamb biriyani, coconut curried octopus or crispy squid in cumin batter with lime and chilli dipping sauce takes your fancy this is definitly a must.

For those in search of Andalucian flavour their fabulous Flamenco nights include shows by a local Flamenco groups and a six course tapas style menu where you can indulge in local chorizos sizzled in wine or potato wedges with a goats cheese fondue and crab and prawn paella.

The next special event will be a Mothers Day lunch this coming Sunday 3rd of April with a variety of treats on the menu; Home made pumpkin raviolis in a sage brown butter, or bruschetta with vine tomatoes, avocado and basil and Al Lago´s wild boar burger as well as the sweet treats of rich chocolate mousse and tangy lemon tart.

Its always best to book for reservations especially for any of the events weekends please visit the website; www al-lago.es for bookings or further information. Visit Al Lago’s website, www.al-lago.es, or email; info@al-lago.es or ring direct on 952 123 032 or text mona on 662 052 553. Al Lago is open every day for lunch and dinner until the end of August.

Chocolat Cafeteria €€

Chocolat opened some years ago on a side street and immediately attracted a devoted local clientele. Now open on c/La Bola, the discreet sign “Sven – Chocolatero” draws curious visitors as well.

The narrow store front barely hints at the treasures within. As you proceed along the hallway, you’ll see that there’s ice cream (normal enough), then a wide selection of loose teas from rooibus and herbal types to the black and green teas from India and China, then whole-bean coffees, and a glass case of chocolates (bonbones de chocolat), each shaped bonbon a different flavor.

Air-conditioned, non-smoking, handicapped accessible

Continue reading Chocolat Cafeteria €€