Category Archives: Gastronomy

Luxury gastronomy in the centre of Madrid

Eating in Madrid is a pleasure for the five senses: tasteful, varied and cheap gastronomy. The capital is one of the places with the best gastronomy of Spain and with exquisite dishes at cheap prices. Even the luxury restaurants in the centre of Madrid have affordable prices, so you can take pleasure in one of these places without spending a great quantity of money, specially if you compare their prices with those of Barcelona, where gastronomy is much more expensive.

Cuisine d’auteur

You will find one of the best gastronomic spaces of the cuisine d’auteur in a hotel in the area of Las Letras. It is a 4-star restaurant in the middle of Gran Vía, close to the Parliament building and with  some of the most typical specialties of Madrid, cooked by one of the best chefs of Spain: Paco Morales. This cookery master offers its traditional cuisine prepared with innovative techniques and tastes from all over the world to all those who want to live a unique experience. The menu includes a wide range of options for all tastes. Besides, the hotel features a roof terrace with views to Gran Vía and a luxury bar ideal for lounging during a leisure or a business trip in Madrid.

 Ibersotar Las Letras rooftop terrace, Madrid

Ibersotar Las Letras rooftop terrace, Madrid

Gourmet dishes and tapas

You cannot leave Madrid without enjoying a tapas and beers route in La Latina, going through San Miguel Market, near Plaza Mayor square. This market has created a tendency in the whole country, becoming a model in the refurbishing of local markets started in many cities of the national territory. These refurbishment works keep the markets’ originality and their special ambience. There are many different establishments in the market, including those offering an international cuisine and many typical Spanish specialties elaborated with care and innovative details, like the croquettes, Spanish omelette, pickled vegetables or the traditional canned food. Everything prepared with first quality products and with a wide variety of vegan and bio cuisine options.

 

Exclusive international cuisine

One of the great features of Madrid’s gastronomy is that it offers a perfect combination of the traditional stew and international restaurants that offer delicious dishes with tastes from all over the world: Japanese, Asian, Mexican, Peruvian, Creole, American, Russian cuisine… Everything can be found in Madrid. But if you want to make the most of your accommodation and then have a tour around the city, there are many hotels in Gran Vía that offer you a delicious gastronomic service at a good quality price ratio. For example, the chef Jesús Trujillano’s restaurant, located close to Las Letras neighbourhood and Cibeles, is one of the best ones of the area. Although it is located in a hotel, it has nothing to do with the buffet cuisine normally offered in these establishments: new tastes, dishes from all over the world with surprising touches, an exquisite selection of wines, complete breakfasts… Everything at good prices.

Gastronomic corners in La Cocina del Mencey

La Cocina del Mencey is a gastronomic place belonging to IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey and conceived of to provide a space full of culinary options for good food lovers. There we find Los Menceyes Restaurant which offers a wide menu with traditional dishes from the Canary Islands, as well as a list of regional, national and international wines, dessert menu, gourmet breakfast and tasting menu to delight in the most innovative creations.

Besides, we can visit The Mencey Cookery Classroom, where general, private , theme and tailor-made courses are offered. You can also rent the room to celebrate events and culinary team buildings  with cooking and cocktail making courses. Everything is designed in such a way that the visitors immerse themselves in an atmosphere where flavours and good combinations are the stars.

But this is not all, there are other gastronomic corners in La Cocina del Mencey:

–        Iballa Cocktail  Bar: A multifaceted bar where we find novel and classic cocktails, gastronomic events and cocktail making Master Classes.

Iballa Cocktail Bar

Iballa Cocktail Bar

–        Casino Bar: A space where we can challenge the fortune while we have a good glass of liqueur. There we can take a Black Jack Master Class or an American roulette (with croupier) for small groups.

–        Los Laureles Restaurant and  Terrace: What is better than eating while you contemplate views of nature? This corner gives us that possibility, and we can also rent a hammock and enjoy  the swimming pool for 45€  (gastronomic vaucher included).

Los Laureles Restaurant and Terrace

Los Laureles Restaurant and Terrace

If you are one of those food and liquor lovers, if you love cooking and learning, if you enjoy spaces that arouse the senses…  La Cocina del Mencey is your place!

December; Latest news of the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey

Every month, we bring you all the latest news from the Mencey Cookery Classroom and this month of December, as it could be no other way, the Grand Mencey is bustling with Christmas spirit. Christmas is just around the corner, and all the preparations for these dates have already started.

Christmas at the Grand Mencey

Christmas at the Grand Mencey

As usual, the first Saturday of each month, a new Master Class will be held, as part of the gastronomic cycle of “Women with a Star”. On this occasion, on Saturday 7th of December, the Catalan chef Fina Puigdevall, from the restaurant Les Cols, will present their most iconic dishes under the title, “The Buckwheat in our cuisine.” Those present will enjoy a Master Class during the morning and/or a tasting menu with wine pairing for dinner.

The following Saturday, the 14th of December, the Iberostar Grand Mencey will host the Winter Edition of the Mencey Fashion Room. This event brings together fashion, beauty, art, music and gastronomy, an authentic concept store in Tenerife, where you will find all the main international fashion brands and important discounts and promotions. You can’t miss this event!

Cooking courses in Tenerife

Cooking courses in Tenerife

One of the most popular cooking courses held in the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey, is the special course for Christmas desserts. It is celebrated on Wednesday 11th of December and the head of pastry of the hotel, Rayco Chinea Gutierrez, will be responsible for the lesson. Those assisting the coking course will discover the secrets to prepare exquisite “turrones” made from chocolate, “mantecados”, shortbreads, “panales de yema”, chocolate truffles and other sweets that will delight friends and family this Christmas.

Finally, it is important to announce changes in the menu card of the restaurants of Los Menceyes and Los Laureles, more according with the Christmas holiday season, to enjoy with family and friends, at one of the best restaurants in Tenerife.

The foundation of Spanish cuisine

Spanish cuisine can not be understood without a large table, surrounded by family and friends, with plenty of food, good wine and a long after talk. In Spain, gastronomy goes beyond eating and feeding, it is a time to sit together, whether with family or friends or even for business reasons, where to share laughter, experiences, ideas, arguments and problems.

This way of life and understanding of food, has attracted many to this healthy Mediterranean cuisine which highlights, above all, the quality of raw materials.

Spanish tapa of Jamon Iberico

Spanish tapa of Jamon Iberico

Spanish cuisine is rich and varied with influences from different cultures and a combination of land and the sea products. The climate favours the cultivation of quality vegetables and fruit that stand out for their intense flavours. Prominent products include extra virgin olive oil, Iberian ham, wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, meats, cheeses, spices like saffron, olives, anchovies, asparagus, red peppers and many more.

Today, these products are known by public and demand reaches as far away as China, Japan or the USA and Canada. The increase in exports and the good acceptance of these typical Spanish products, encourages many producers and farmers to focus on these markets.

Spanish cuisine in Budapest

Spanish cuisine in Budapest

Apart from the undeniable quality of these products, much of the success is also due to the influence of Spanish chefs around the world. Distinguished restaurants like El Bulli, or the recently awarded best restaurant in the world, the Celler de Can Roca, populate the first pages of the gastronomic press, which highlights the products made in Spain.

An example of the internationalisation of Spanish gastronomy is La Plaza Restaurant in Budapest. This restaurant is part of the Budapest Grand hotel of the hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. Chef Sergio Montaño leads this spanish restaurant in Budapest and in his menu you can find typical products, such as jamon iberico and olive oil as well as dishes like paella, cod “al pil pil” and suckling pig.

 

 

Gastronomic hotel in Tenerife

The island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a popular holiday destination for millions of people, that visit the island in search of sun and beach, and end up discovering an island with many different possibilities including cultural, sports, nature and gastronomic proposals. The Canary Islands enjoy a wonderful climate all year round and is one the favourite destinations during the autumn and winter, but maybe the vast majority of people are not aware of all the possibilities the island has to offer.

Restaurant Los Menceyes

Restaurant Los Menceyes

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is determined to promote the culinary offer of those destinations in which it has a presence, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife is no exception. The companies hotel on the island, the Iberostar Grand Mencey hotel has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, as well as its renown Mencey Cookery Classroom. The Grand Mencey is a perfect example of a gastronomic hotel in Tenerife.

The chef Juan Carlos Clemente is responsible for the gastronomic offer of the hotel, as well as organising numerous cooking courses, show cooking, team-building, private dinners and cooking cycles such as the present “Women with a Star”. This cooking cycle congregates, once a month a spanish women chef that has a restaurant with Michelin star, and offers a real Master Class with a presentation of their most famous signature dishes, and of course, have the possibility to enjoy a degustation menu from a fine dinning restaurant.

Fine dinning restaurant in Tenerife

Fine dinning restaurant in Tenerife

The Los Menceyes restaurant offers an authentic gourmet cuisine, based on the traditional gastronomy of the Canary Islands and the most delicious products of the islands, such as the majorero cheese, gofio, fish and seafood from the Atlantic, bananas, wine, etc.

The base for all good cuisine are the raw materials, but without the creativity and the will to offer clients the best possible dish, the objective of all gourmet restaurants is far from possible. At the restaurants of the Grand Mencey and its Cookery Classroom you feel the desire to transmit to the guest a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

The Plaza Restaurant enters the guide of the best restaurants in Budapest

The exclusive dining space of Spanish cuisine in Budapest, La Plaza Restaurant, has been included in the prestigious Gault & Millau guide in its 2014 edition, a milestone that sets the mark in the culinary history of the Hungarian capital, as it is a restaurant specialising in traditional Spanish gastronomy.

The Gault & Millau guide, of French origin but with a special edition for Hungary since a couple of years, recognises the best restaurants in the country with “hats” – the equivalent of the famous stars of the Michelin guide -, who value both quality and innovation, the menus, presentation and service of the best restaurants in the city.

Restaurant La Plaza, Budapest

Restaurant La Plaza, Budapest

In the case of the restaurant La Plaza , Iberostar Hotel, this year has made it into the category of 14 hats, a recognition it shares with other important restaurants such as NOBU, Mák Bisztró, Gusteau Mád, Bock Pest Bisztró and Fausto ‘s Ristorante.

Spanish flavour Budapest

The Plaza Restaurant was born with the clear intention of providing all residents and visitors of Budapest a bite of the delicious Mediterranean cuisine that can be found in the different areas of Spain: from the exquisite Iberian ham to the typical croquettes, “patatas bravas” or “callos a la madrileña. A culinary space bursting with elegance, authenticity and good taste in the heart of the 5 star Iberostar Grand Budapest hotel.

Chef Sergio Montaño

Chef Sergio Montaño

The restaurant opened in 2011, led by Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez, an advanced student of El Bulli restaurant and a reference of innovation, authentic tastes and traditional products of Spanish cuisine. His influence, developed during the early years of the restaurant, has left an everlasting presence in the restaurants kitchen, which is now managed and coordinated the chef Sergio Montaño, a perfectionist’s and lover of natural flavours, who has learned in some of the best kitchens in the world, in 5 star hotels of hotel chains like Marriott, Sheraton and Le Meridien.

The creativity and skill of both have resulted in one of the most succulent menus of the culinary landscape of Budapest, and the most complete proposal of Spanish gastronomy in Budapest. Just a few months ago, the restaurant completely renovated its daily menus, in which one can find from traditional Iberian “croquetas” to onion soups, Andalusian gazpacho, Pedro Ximenez escalope and desserts as typical as pears in red wine, fried milk with toffee or the delicious Valencian “horchata”.