Eat and drink around Estepona and Gaucín

This column discusses to a large extent nice eating and drinking places in Estepona and other places in the South of Spain. I write this column in the port of Estepona, at a table of Cafeteria – Bar Halomon next to the famous cafe Reinaldo. Halomon is an excellent place to meet for breakfast or to eat tapas, which are refreshed throughout the day.
In the port of Estepona you will find a number of Chinese, Thai, Indian, French, Belgian and of course some Spanish restaurants. You can park in front of the door, except for Sunday because there is a tourist market or free on the large parking lot.

The special favorite restaurant in Estepona from Mieke and me is Sabores that hardly anyone knows what we would love to keep 😉 But that would not be fair and do not do justice to the intentions of the owners. In our opinion, it is probably the best value for money restaurant in the South of Spain. There is little reason not to take the menu from (at the time of this writing) Euro 15, = for 3 courses (Monday to Friday between 13.00 – 16.00). Or it should be to eat a number of other (for) dishes such as the delicious rabo de toro. The only drawback that we can discover is the white light. But that is more common in Spanish restaurants. Calle Gregorio Marañón 3, the street behind the highest building on the boulevard, the former bus station. For all locations it is wise to Google Googling for opening hours and the address.

In the center of Estepona (parking in one of the parking garages under the boulevard) is a number of nice tapas and restaurants. Our favorite tapas shops are Casa del Rey and Esquina del Arte. They make beautiful, culinary tapas. Of course there are also many ham and cheese tents and Spanish restaurants, especially in Calle Caridad. Another number of restaurants in the center where we like to eat is El Pescador and Illescas on the boulevard (mostly fish) and restaurant Sur and the Madu Bar. The last 2 for good meat and some delicious Moroccan dishes.

Just outside Estepona, next to the Kempinski hotel, is Laguna Village, with shops, Puro Beach, a Marbella style beach club / restaurant, an Italian, Thai and Terra Sana for a good salad. Our favorite restaurant there is Camurí. They employ a Japanese who supplies the Sashimi and Sushi and the card is very varied. You’re very nice, right by the sea and in the summer they also have beds on the beach.

But on a Saturday or Sunday and sometimes during the week we prefer to eat at Barry and Helen in Gaucin. They first had La Pozuela restaurant in Jubrique. The inspector of the Michelin guide was probably as enthusiastic as we were because he announced that they would get a good mention in the 2017 guide. But Barry and Hellen had different plans and moved their restaurant to Gaucin. In February 2017 they opened their restaurant under the name Platero & Co, so from now on we went to Gaucin to have a delicious meal. She received a special honor in the autumn of 2017. Namely the Bib Gourmand listing in the Michelin Guide 2018. A Bib Gourmand entry is the best award for us. It is a very good, or even ultimate price / quality ratio for a three-course menu for up to 37 euros. A Dutch success in the South of Spain and in our opinion completely deserved!

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