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?
Gaucho’s – an Argentinian grill restaurant by Market Place – has been serving quality food to diners for a good number of years now. When visiting, you can choose to dine either in the cosy, cavern-like interior or, during the summer months, in the outside BBQ area that often has live music.
Although it is primarily a meat restaurant specializing in fat, juicy steaks, Gacuho’s also caters for those who might not be too keen on an exclusively carnivorous outing – their selection of fresh fish, prawns and inventive salads is impressive too.
Another high point is the extensive wine list which includes many Argentinian reds, the perfect accompaniment to wash down that mixed grill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just like the rest of Gibraltar, Gibraltar’s restaurants have a lot to offer, culturally the country has so many influences that it is not surprising that you can find everything from typically Spanish cuisine through to fusion Thai and Malaysian style noodles and of course traditional fish and chips.
The same multi-cultural community that lives together eats together and the wide variety of foods comes down to the rich diversity that the Gibraltar offers. The Moroccan community are represented and offer some of the best Cous Cous and pinchitos that you can find on the rock. If that’s not your idea of a good night out in a Gibraltar restaurant, why not try a Chicken Jalfrezi from one of the great Indian restaurants in Gibraltar or alternatively takeaway and eat in the comfort of your own home.
Eating during sunset facing west at Jumpers wheel in Gibraltar is a great experience. The restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh fish and Is always a firm favourite with parties here in Gibraltar. Of course, breakfast at sunrise in the Caleta hotel can’t be ignored either. Their restaurant Nunoz is a great place to dine out in the evening.
You can eat in the old town, you can eat in one of the Gibraltar Marinas, the choice is there and it’s up to you to make it. Here at Your Gibraltar TV we wanted to show you the options available and, if we can, bring you great offers on new places to eat. Try the red curry in brandy sauce at Lek Bangkok for a true taste of Thailand, or the Chicken, chorizo and jamon pasta at Café Rojo, the choice is yours.
It’s not just about eating out; takeaways are vast in Gibraltar and range away from the usual kebab and chips, although there are some great kebab shops to. Why not get a Chinese to take home, peeking duck with pancakes, a firm favourite from the Kowloon in Watergardens.
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