•  The best thing you could do on a Sunday in Montevideo is to visit the Bodega Bouza which is probably the most beautiful bodega in Uruguay and also to lunch at its restaurant which offers one of the best cooking in Uruguay.

    Besides  a stunning landscape with a beautiful view of the vineyard and an impressive collection of antique cars and motorbikes, there is a very good table led by the chef Marcelo Garcia with his professional staff,  particularly the sommelier, Juan Alvarez.

    The restaurant is spacious, airy with a view on the large kitchen. The chef proposes an à la carte menu with seven choices of cold and hot entrées, seven choices of meat and fish dishes, and finally ten desserts. All the vegetables and ingredients come directly from the bodega own garden

    Every dish was perfectly prepared and cooked, especially the Gambas Risotto with saffron and the Orange Panacotta. Our meal was served with a white wine Albarino 2016 and a red wine from Monte Vide Eu 2014.

    The service was very professional and competent with some members of the staff speaking English.

    The Bodega Bouza was a great choice for us to spend our Sunday afternoon in the countryside with good wines and good food.

     

    Bodega Bouza

    Address : Cno. de la Redención 7658 bisBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega Bouza

    Telephone : +598 2323 7491

    www.bodegabouza.com

     


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  • Torralbenc is the place to be in Menorca if you have a lot of euros to spare, and if you do, it’s an incredible place to stay and relax while you’re on weekend or holidays. The hotel is beautiful with its view on the countryside and even a glimpse of the not-so-far sea. Torralbenc is located just outside the town of Alaior.Restaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - Menorca 

    But most of all, we came to Torralbenc for the gastronomic experience. The dinner was made truly unforgettable by the restaurant’s setting – amid 70 acres of private farmland, vineyards and olive groves, with views down to the Mediterranean Sea as the sun sets. 

    Gorka Txapartegui with Executive Chef Luis Loza has replaced Paco Morales who now has his own restaurant, Noor (One Michelin Star) in Cordoba. In their craft, both chefs hold a deep respect for ingredients and authenticity which was reflected throughout the spring/summer menu which was in line with the famous Catalan and Basque cooking philosophy “Mar and Muntanar” 

    On July 14th 2016 for our dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday we chose the tasting menu at 70 euros. We can tell you right away that it was very good, probably one of the best meals we've had so far this year. Every dish was perfectly cooked, prepared and served from the amuse-bouche to the dessert. 

    The wine list was excellent, with incredible international and local references. For our dinner, we chose a cava called Clos Lenticus – Sumoll Reserva Familia – Blanc de Noir Brut Nature which was a stunning discovery. 

    The service was excellent -- our host even welcomed and waited on us in French. 

    Torralbenc is a true gem in Menorca, it’s the kind of place that you wish you could keep to yourself. 

      

    Restaurant Torralbenc 

    Ctra. Maó – Cala’n Porter,  Km.10 

    07730 Alaior (Menorca) 

    +34 971 37 72 11, +34 971 74 78 76 

    info@torralbenc.com, www.torralbenc.co


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  •  

    Restaurant Smoix (Cake in Menorcan) in Ciutadella, Menorca is probably among the top five restaurants in Menorca.Smoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - Menorca

    Miguel Sanchez and his partner, Vianey, welcome their guests in a beautiful setting, the entrance of the restaurant is magnificent and leads to a cool and nice patio. The restaurant itself is spacious with designed wood tables; the ambiance was serene and sober when we ate there on July 16th 2016.

    The menu à la carte was short, which is actually a good sign, with a choice of six “Picar, Picar” (small dishes), seven starters and eight main courses.

    Every dish we ordered was extremely flavorsome, tasty and succulent, even the croquetas that we ordered for our son and the amuse-bouche was right on the bull's eye.

    Only the desserts, for our taste, were not up to the high standard as the rest.

    The wine list was very interesting and full of local and international references. The offer by glass was one of the best in term of choice, quality and price that we have seen so far in Europe.

    The service led by Ms. Vianey was very nice and efficient.

    If Miguel Sanchez ups his game on his desserts, he will for sure deserve a Michelin star in the future.

     

    Smoix 

    Address : Av. Jaume Conqueridor 38, Ciutadella, Mernorca

    Tel. reservations +34 971 38 28 08

    www.smoix.com 

     


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  • The restaurant Pan y Vino in Sant Lluis is one the best and most affordable restaurants in Menorca.

    The chef, Patrick James, and our host, Noelia Zardoya, are the married couple who owns the place. They offer a set menu that changes every day and for 37 euros you can get three courses: starters, main and dessert.  It is to be noted that, should you wish to swap one of the menu dishes for another à la carte you can do that with no extra fee.Pan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - Menorca

    We elected to celebrate our son's 6th birthday there and were greeted by Noelia – in perfect French - like we were members of the club. Noelia and the team even prepared a special chocolate birthday cake especially for our boy. What a nice surprise and generous touch from all of them!

    Generosity, kindness and quality are what makes Pan y Vino a successful restaurant. The food is good, generous and refined. Patrick James knows how to mix French cooking with local ingredients and a touch of exotic flavors.

    The local wines and cavas are well represented on the wine list which offers eclectic choices from France and others regions of Spain.

    And Noelia Zardoya leads the service with charm and efficiency – and in at least three different languages (Spanish, French, English).

     

    Pan y Vino 

    Address : Camí de la Coixa, 3 - Torret - Sant Lluis - Menorca

    Tel. reservations (0034) 971 15 02 01

    www.panyvinomenorca.com/ 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • When we announced that we were going to Copenhagen, people asked us “Will you go to Noma?”. When we came back, the same and more asked us “So did you get to eat at Noma?”. We told them no, we did not. In truth, we were on the waiting list, but never got a chance to go.

    Instead we chose to eat at Geranium and we are glad that we did because it was so far one of our best meals in 2015. Rasmus Kofoed is an esthetic and fierce competitor of the culinary world. He’s the only chef that has won a bronze, silver and gold Bocuse statues from the celebrated competition that bears the name of the legendary French chef Paul Bocuse.

    For our lunch at Geranium on May 15th 2015, we choose the small menu which consists of ten small dishes and four signature dishes that made the restaurant famous.

    Every dish was a sight for sore eyes, it was like eating an incredible work of art.  Absolutely stunning. Even the bread was outstanding: it looked more like a Madeleine than a piece of bread. Each dish had a distinguished taste, texture and flavor that gave us a sensation of culinary discovery. That is, truly, the kind of sensory experience every high-end restaurant should be able to achieve.

    To accompany our fabulous meal we chose for the first time in our lives, a juice pairing with our dishes and we got to drink the most original of juices. We had a similar experience with water pairing at Alex Atala’s DOM in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    The restaurant is located in a football stadium. Spectacular panoramic views, design classics in tower H have made Parken, Denmark’s national stadium, a destination.

    The service was impeccable, we even had a French maitre d', Alexis, assigned to our table.  He was young, extremely professional and competent, a very nice young fellow like all the staff at Geranium.

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    Geranium is one of our best meals of 2015 thus far.

     

    Geranium

    Address : Per Henrik Lings Allé 4,
    2100 København Ø, Danemark
     
    Telephone :+45 69 96 00 20
     
    http://geranium.dk

     


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