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 you’re working and you are in a hurry, it’s all too easy to settle for a quick sandwich or a roll at your desk, but every now and again, it’s nice to have a good meal. Now most people have an hour for lunch... if you are a lawyer you may even have an hour and a half. Here at YGTV, we’re lucky to get away from the office for half an hour.
But there is good news, Cheers, which has now become a firm favourite of ours, turns around our meals in about 30 minutes, with a new and fresh selection of special dishes just right for the day. Healthy options, fishy and meaty options always adorn the menu and from sitting down and ordering, to paying the bill and leaving, we’ve timed less than forty minutes a few times.
The atmosphere is great, sat out on the terrace, set within the courtyard of the Cornwall’s Centre, giving you a great summery vibe. The inside of the restaurant, although not as big, offers you air conditioning, which should be much appreciated this time of year.
The specials menu to look out for, and definitely our favourite, is the Cheers lamb. A succulent shoulder of lamb, slow roasted; with an onion based gravy is to die for. Served with “patatas a lo pobre” this makes for one hell of a lunch.
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.
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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The Landing’s – Fresh Fish In A Tranquil Setting
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.
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!
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.
Pizza Express – For the Less Pretentious Italian Food Lover
As an individual who is seriously weary of immersing themselves into a culture head first, legitimate Italian restaurants worry me. Now any establishment that counts dough balls with a fine selection of garlic based condiments as a starter, is placed prominently on my list of ‘a-ok places to eat’, and let me tell you, the list is short.
Now Pizza Express does profess to be an Italian cuisine based eatery, but does so without hurling ostentatious and un-pronounceable dishes at its customers. The restaurant presents the delightful fullness that can be obtained by eating a Pizza Hut takeaway, but with a hint more culture and freshness.
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.