It had always been his dream to open his own restaurant. And as soon as he graduated, Israel Ramos took the leap, and it was the right decision. Now, he runs a Michelin-starred restaurant in Jerez, named Mantua. The key to his success? Serving traditional dishes that transport people back to their grandma’s recipes, but with a surprising twist. However, his main focus is not on the dishes, but on the hospitality and the overall guest experience. Every detail counts, and with that in mind, Ramos has been running his restaurant for four years now. We headed to Jerez for an interesting chat with the chef and founder of Mantua.
Rarely has a restaurant location felt so fairytale-esque as the setting that surrounds El Lago restaurant in Marbella. Established in 1999, the Greenlife Golf Clubhouse in the heart of Elviria Hills is an idyllic place. From the start of their adventure, they have sought their own path, one based on an authentic, intimate and seasonal culinary discourse, where the main goal is to build a close rapport with a great team comprising artisan producers from the surrounding area. This commitment to the regional cuisine of Malaga and wider Andalusia, combining local top-quality produce and creativity, characterises the place. As the cherry on the cake, the restaurant was the first haute cuisine restaurant in Andalusia to be awarded the Km0 certificate by the international Slow Food organisation, which honours restaurants who only use ingredients cultivated within a radius of 100 km. El Lago also obtained a Michelin star in 2005.
Paco Roncero is not like any chef. Not only is he the star chef at his restaurant in Madrid, he’s also a judge in cooking reality TV shows Master Chef Colombia and Top Chef Spain. Besides that he has written several cookbooks and participated in various running competitions such as the NY marathon and a half Iron Man. But most importantly, you can expect spectacular dishes in all the restaurants that are managed by this top chef, especially in his beloved Paco Roncero Restaurant in Madrid. Avant-garde Spanish cuisine with classic techniques, influences from all around the world and local top-quality products make Paco Roncero’s dishes so special. To give you an idea of the amazing flavours, the chef shared the recipe of his interpretation of hake fish with crab and a Bilbaina sauce. Continue Reading
The 33-year-old Javier Aranda is a young promising chef on his way to become a renowned name in the culinary world. Not only does he own two restaurants in Madrid (Gaytán and La Cabra), the culinary management of restaurant Retama also rests on his shoulders. Should there still be any doubt about Javier Aranda’s success: all the three restaurants have already been awarded with a Michelin star. In his gastronomic restaurant Gaytán, located in the heart of Madrid, Javier Aranda juggles with innovative flavours and surprising textures. These can be found in his fish dishes, of which he likes to share the recipe of the red mullet from Galicia. Continue Reading
Restaurante Aponiente is situated in the region of Cádiz in a small habour town called El Puerto de Santa Maria. It’s the perfect place for Chef Ángel León as he has a huge passion for the sea and loves to create all kinds of fish and seafood dishes. No wonder he’s often called ‘the Chef of the Sea’. At Aponiente you can expect a contemporary interpretation of the marine cuisine. Today you can start cooking some delicacies of this innovative top chef at home, as he shares his recipe for cuttlefish & chips. Continue Reading
Paco Roncero is famous for a gastronomic style that combines the best produce with great technique and creative avant-garde inspiration. His approach translates not only in his cooking method, but also in the way of presenting and understanding food as a unique sensory experience.
The talented young Spanish chef Javier Aranda provides a feast for the senses and a theatrical dining experience at Gaytán, his restaurant near Madrid’s Parque de Berlín. Continue Reading
In the northern part of Spain’s capital city, Madrid, you’ll find one of the country’s most extraordinary and surprising culinary experiences: DiverXO restaurant, by chef David Muñoz.
In the south of Spain in the province of Cádiz, a half an hour drive from Jerez, there’s a charming harbour town called El Puerto de Santa Maria. Besides its beautiful historical buildings and whitewashed houses, great Sherry wineries and beloved beaches, this place has much to offer for those who seek ultimate culinary pleasure, with Aponiente Restaurant as a must visit checkbox and a true highlight on your bucket list. In his previous life Spanish topchef Ángel León – founder of Aponiente – must have been a creature from the sea, as his passion for the briny deep seems limitless. The obsession with the sea is omnipresent at Ángel León’s culinary home base. The location, the architecture, the interior design, the table decoration and of course the dishes, they all reflect that true love and fascination for the ocean and marine life.
Located in the chic and hypermodern Hotel Arts in the vibrant and stylish marina in Barcelona, Enoteca Paco Pérez is one of the most beautiful places if you want to enjoy dining with an astonishing view on the water. Everything in this restaurant is about a top-notch service, elegance and mainly flavourful fine food.
If flavour were to be a culinary discipline, it’d certainly be the one you’d use to describe the style at Suculent restaurant in Barcelona. Promising and highly loved amongst foodies and critics, this place is already trending, yet still has a huge potential. Ready to discover some captivating classics and daring dishes?
Welcome to Ronda, homebase of chef Benito Gómez. This charming town in Andalucía is very popular amongst visitors. With its stunning landscapes, beautiful walking routes and monuments and top quality produce like wines, meats and olive oils, driving through the area is a real pleasure. Continue Reading
Sucede might be one of the most beautifully designed restaurants in Valencia and in combination with an overnight stay in the Caro Hotel it’s a good place for an intimate tête-à-tête. The food is all about creativity, surprises and uniqueness.
When a monument is renovated to turn it into a hotel you know to expect something magical. That’s exactly what you can experience at the Caro Hotel in Valencia. It’s a high class hotel with top-notch service, elegance and style. At the same time the hotel has a trendy, urban feel and a vibrant atmosphere, without losing attention for quality and discretion.
No doubt El Poblet* is one of the best restaurants in Valencia. The visionary approach of founding father Quique Dacosta combined with the vibrant city vibes and the competent team creates magical moments for foodies. We just can’t imagine a better start to discover Valencia than by having lunch at El Poblet*. Continue reading to discover the story.