In our previous post The Best Food is in Europe we took you to Italy and shared our favorite restaurants and best places to eat in some of our Italian destinations. Now, let's continue the gourmet journey to our other destinations; Spain, Portugal, and France!
Let's begins with Spain!
We'll travel to Andalucia, in the charming town of Marbella. This little town has a variety of local restaurants to choose from and some precious hidden spots with real Spanish flavors and character. Here are a few of our favorites; Buenaventura restaurant is a cool Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine from Andalucia, that offers dishes prepared with the best market raw material and great Champagnes selection and wide wine list with more than 300 references of the best Spanish wines. El Altamirano, is very simple, unpretentious and one of the Best local seafood restaurant in Marbella. For a real local experience Bar el Estrecho is the typical tapas restaurant known for its "gambas al pil pil" and genuine Spanish vibe.
We'll cross over to Portugal, to the beautiful region of Alentejo. This wine-growing, historical and cultural region has a lot to offer, so we have picked the hidden gems and some of our favorite places to eat in the area. Sabores de Monsaras is one of the best places to experience a traditional Alentejo meal. Mrs. Isabel is the owner and also the person responsible for all the amazing dishes that come out of the kitchen. Also to mention is the superb view over the Alqueva lake. Adega Velha restaurant is set in a typical tavern where the floor is irregular and the recipes come directly out of an antique book, passed hand in hand through generations. If you are lucky you might even witness men singing Cante Alentejano, traditional songs from the Alentejo. A visit tothis tiny restaurant Tasquinha do Oliveira, is not to be missed. Typical and genuine, with only 6 tables inside. The delicacies which come out of Mr. Oliveira’s kitchen are made by his wife’s gifted hands. What stands out in this restaurant is the quality of the food and the cosy atmosphere.
Now let's travel to the beautiful region of Provence Cote d'Azur. The region offers a wide range of experiences between the very chic and urban coast to the authentic and modest Provencial villages. Here are our suggestions for the most delicious and authentic Provencial experiences. In the charming village of Fayence, in its square is la Gloire de mon Père restaurant located in the former family-owned bakery. A charming restaurant featuring a large terrace around a majestic fountain under bicentennial plane trees. An ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing lunch after visiting the village’s cobblestone streets and to discover Provencal and Mediterranean flavors in an informal atmosphere. Located in the village of Lorgues, the truffle restaurant Chez Bruno is one of the best known restaurant in the region. Famous for welcoming celebrities from around the world, Bruno and his sons offer surprising truffle menus, from starter to dessert in a traditional Bastide hidden in the woods. L’Escourtin is an uncommon Michelin-starred restaurant located in an old mill from the 18th century. Chef Philippe Choisy selects fresh seasonal produce and enhances the Provençal flavors through his traditional cuisine. A must!
Bon appétit! Bom apetite! Buen provecho!
Here is the full list of Querido's Favorite Restaurants in all our destinations.