Not sure where to go to enjoy the best of spanish gastronomy ? Our staff tells you about their favourite places.
The First Drop
The First Drop is located on Bellaluz square in La Manga Club. A family friendly Bar open April-October that offers more than just beer…
Pat’s review :
Lisa, one of the friendly and efficient members of staff from the First Drop has suggested that we try her “First Drop Frappuccino”. So at the end of what was probably this years’ hottest day we decided to stop by and give it a try.
Well worth it! A delicious iced coffee with a hint of orange and some secret (alcoholic) ingredients was worth the visit!
Lisa tells us that this cocktail is inspired by a “Café Asiatico” a coffee specialty that is served in this Region. One of the key ingredients of a authentic “Asiatico” is Licor 43 a herbal liquor that is being produced and bottled in Cartagena. The drink also contains brandy, condensed milk, lemon peel, cinnamon, coffee beans and of course a strong black coffee and is only served in special “Asiatico” glasses.
El Toro is located in Las belones just outside La Manga Club. Great place to enjoy delicious Spanish tapas.
Pat’s review :
We love tapas in any shape or form. Tapas, are small portions of snacks or appetizers , sold in most Spanish bars, and are great if you fancy trying a variety of foods.
Most times, when we go out in a group of people, we like to go to places where you can simply order a load of tapas that can be put in the center of the table and shared by everyone.
The small restaurant owned by Jason and Fatima is almost magical. Jason runs the kitchen and produces an exquisite range of freshly made Tapas and dishes, all very original, and of the highest standard. Fatima is front of house. Coming originally from Seville, not only does she provide excellent service, she also has a good way of introducing the southern Spanish flair, by the way the rooms are decorated.
We tried the duck confit in filo pastry with pineapple salsa, surimi and prawn fritters, lamb meatballs and Jason’s homemade chips, followed by Baileys crème brûlée and chocolate fondant with ice cream. Just delicious!
Reserving a table is highly recommended as all dishes are being cooked from fresh, and to ensure a good service they will only accept a certain amount of bookings.
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Tapas bar in Cartagena
Julia from our Sale team is sharing her favourite tapas bar in Cartagena and gives some advice on the dishes to help you make your choice . You are guaranted a typical Spanish experience with these 3 restaurants.
Great place to eat fish & sea food while enjoying an amazing view of Cartagena. Prices are very reasonable prices. Squids (calamares) and Caldero (fish rice typical from the Region of Murcia) is a must!
Fantastic tapas bar. Try their “vermut” home made, “patatas bravas” and “berenjenas con miel”.
You can see the chef preparing the “anchoas del Cantábrico” (sardines from the Cantabric sea) and then eat them, which make this tapas bar quite unique. Also the “empanada gallega” (pie) and “almendras fritas” (fried almonds) are delicious.
More reviews to come soon !