Lek Bangkok – A taste of south east Asia here in Gibraltar
If you live in Gibraltar and like Thai food, then you already know all about Lek Bangkok. The restaurant was opened in 2006 and has become a firm favourite for so many locals here in Gibraltar. Be it a quick takeaway, quick lunch or a sit down meal, Lek, Feed and their team look after you 100% all the time.
Feed and Lek are a husband and wife team, with more experience in cooking, restaurants and the hotel business than you can even begin to imagine. Their friendly and caring style has made them two of the best business owners in Gibraltar and has been the key to their success.
Long before the development of the vibrant Ocean Village, the small and humble Marina Bay boasted some of Gibraltar’s most popular restaurants. Charlie’s has remained a traditional favourite over decades and it continues to provide “a delightful dining experience in an atmosphere of comfortable elegance.”
Double the size it used to be, Charlie’s is well equipped to cater for its ever increasing popularity and the hungry masses that come in and out every day. It’s not just the sophisticated décor and seating capacity that makes Charlie’s a popular dining choice. Well priced and acknowledged for their generous portions, I have spent many an evening on a personal mission to finish a starter, main and dessert, without passing out. There’s no good in trying to finish lavish portions of distasteful food, at Charlie’s however, it is quite the opposite. Often advised to “skip a starter” by friends who have consistently stated that “no matter how many days you don’t eat for in preparation, you will never finish a three course meal here!” It is impossible for me to bypass the sizzling gambas pil pil, creamy garlic mushrooms or an aioli supplemented blooming onion. It just won’t happen.
Having eaten in Café Rojo countless times now, I felt it was imperative to tell you just how great the place really is. Set in Irish Town, the restaurant has a unique and friendly atmosphere when you walk in. The restaurant seats approximately 35 people, on big comfortable chairs, on tables that are big enough for the number of people sat at it and with a staff that always have a smile on their faces.
Café Rojo’s menu is divine, and although it changes every six months roughly, the best dishes are kept on the menu, sometimes they’re even improved slightly. The style of the food is modern Italian / Spanish fusion with an eclectic mix of classic and innovative dishes. The starters include options like, Goats Cheese salad but also offer you a tasty alternative with home made gazpacho.
The main dishes at Café Rojo bring together the best of “La Dolce Vita”, with a range of pastas available to suit all tastes and palettes, my favourite being the Chicken with Chorizo and Jamon, with a slight sprinkling of chilli, simply put it’s delicious. But I like to think of myself as someone with an open mind, so I have also tried the lamb shank recently, the meat falls off the bone and the side serving of small potato cubes, again delicious.
In Sanskrit, the word Maharaja means “Great King”. It is the title bestowed on the rulers of small states during the British colonisation of India. This appellation was never more fitting a title for a restaurant that quietly and unassumingly rules its own small corner of the marketplace in the former British Colony, now British Overseas Dependent Territory, of Gibraltar.
Any fan of Indian cuisine will find an extensive selection of dishes lining the Maharaja’s menu, including a range of specials and alluring dishes found in and amongst the usual favourites. When looking for a restaurant in Gibraltar with a bit of spice, the Maharaja is the little bit of nice that you desire.
In a city where curry houses are mostly just Indian Takeaways, the Maharaja sets itself apart not only by the quality of its cuisine but, more importantly, by the comfortable and friendly surroundings of its clean and airy restaurants. In fact, the Maharaja is the only ‘real’ Indian restaurant in Gibraltar, amidst a sea of takeaways with limited dining areas. The jewel in the Maharaja’s crown, however, is that they have two restaurants situated in two very different locations around Gibraltar; one just off Main Street (Tuckey’s Lane), in the centre of town, and the other in the more attractive quayside location of Queensway Quay Marina.
Queensway Quay has seen many restaurants come and go over the years – many are expensive, many are flashy but few last. One exception is The Landing’s – a luxury oasis of tranquility overlooking the marina.
The very professional staff will make you feel welcome the moment you arrive perhaps serving you with a pre-dinner cocktail carefully prepared in their bar. One look at the menu confirms that this is truly a unique establishment in Gibraltar. The dishes present original classics with a twist: their burger is no ordinary burger – it’s made with exclusive Kobe beef and is garnished with wasabi mayonnaise. Other standout dishes are the Supreme of Duck Breast and the West Indian Spicy Chicken Curry. But, to be perfectly honest, once you’ve tried what can be considered their signature dish – the Line Catch No 3 – you’ll be unlikely to choose anything else when you return. The Line Catch is the catch of the day (most times I’ve been it’s been a delicate Sea Bass) pan fried with Leek Grain Mustard Mash, Lemon and Fine Herb Beurre Blanc. The balance of these ingredients is perfectly achieved and one gets the sense that their chef really takes time over how to bring together different, sometimes exotic, flavours in one dish.
Napoleon believed that an army marches on its stomach, and now Revolutionaries, Gibraltar has a new, stomach-pleasing restaurant for you to plan your next coup d’état in!
The Cuban, a recently opened themed bar and restaurant, has burst onto the revolutionary cuisine scene, bringing a slice of Havana to Gibraltar. Since opening its doors on 3rd August 2012, The Cuban has quickly developed a reputation for exciting, delicious food, in a nicely themed setting and boasting excellent, friendly service.
If you are looking for something original, different and tasty, you need look no further. This restaurant offers a very full and varied selection of dishes enough to excite any palate. You will find yourself licking your fingers in delight as you munch your way through some exciting new nibbles like the Yuca Con Mojo (fried banana), the Papas Rellenas (potato croquettes with a twist) or the Mariquitinas (go see for yourself!). Don’t worry though, their range of starters, salads and snacks have some staple favourites too, for those less adventurous gourmands out there.
Gibraltar is one place in the world where we are in no way hard pressed for restaurants to eat at. From quintessential Spanish Tapas to cheese engorged Italian style pizzas, this little Rock boasts a wide spectrum of eateries. One in particular tends to stand out for me, however, and that’s a little place called Ipanema. The Ocean Village based restaurant encompasses a quirky Brazilian style rodizio with an all you can eat buffet made up of over 50 homemade Brazilian and international dishes, including classic favourites; lasagne, chicken and stews.
Ipanema’s buffet also includes a particularly extensive salad bar that I tend to avoid as an adamant carnivore, but they certainly look appetising. The Rodizio is certainly the most interesting part of the Ipanema experience with members of staff serve various Brazilian style meats at your table. The adamant favourite of the meats would have to be the pork and pineapple combination. Other popular choices include; steak, chicken wings and sausages, all cooked to perfection.
When looking for a truly iconic Gibraltar restaurant you need look no further than Biancas in Marina Bay; the original waterfront restaurant.
Biancas opened its doors in 1979. Boasting views of the bay and marina from its quayside location, many locals and visitors regularly choose to dine on the outdoor terrace area to watch the sun set behind the cornucopia of boats and seafaring vessels as they gently undulate at their moorings. There are few better locations for a realistically priced, friendly and delicious dining experience within Gibraltar.
Serving up a variety of sumptuous starters and main dishes, ranging from seafood, to meats, speciality pizzas and salads, Biancas has a plate to suit all tastes. In fact, some say that the reason that Biancas has been so successful over the last three decades is because it has barely changed its menu. All the local favourites are still present, with many regulars always selecting the same dish with every visit. Why change a winning formula?
Having often been described by friends as a ‘true foodie,’ my weekly eating P.O.A is as crucial and carefully planned out as my future wedding. Despite being such a small place, in Gibraltar there really is a restaurant to accommodate every food taste, every mood and every occasion. I often think however, that it is becoming more of a difficulty finding a restaurant menu that genuinely excites me and goes that little bit further to offer something other than the generic. Café Solo, an Italian restaurant situated at Casemates Square makes my sensory receptor go on overload and my taste buds flurry.
The choice is extensive whether you fancy something light like a Cajun Langoustine Salad, enjoying a Garlic Mushroom, Serrano Ham & Thyme Roasted Chicken pizza with friends or indulging in a Lamb Tagine or roasted aubergine, sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic roasted red onions, toasted pine nuts & crumbled goats cheese pasta dish. Café Solo Gibraltar offers a unique blend of traditional and innovative dishes to ensure that you find your perfect choice. No meal is complete without the perfect beverage and Café Solo offers an array of wines from around the globe, speciality beers, soft drinks, freshly brewed coffee roasted and supplied on the rock and even a few cheeky champagnes to ensure that your thirst is quenched in style!