Thursday, 21 February 2019

Eating Well in Jerez

Jerez has become the centre of innovative cuisine in the province of Cádiz. The number of haute cuisine establishments has grown spectacularly in recent years and experts in the sector agree that the reason behind this gastronomic movement is the new fashion for quality Sherries which attracts ever more gastronomic tourism to the city and has also sparked the growing interest of the locals in this kind of cuisine so closely linked to quality Sherry which accompanies it so outstandingly well. Below is a list of just some of the best restaurants in Jerez:

Lu Cocina y Alma, Calle Zaragoza, 2, Jerez
Owned by Juan Luis Fernández Fernández who used to work at the 3* Poniente in El Puerto de Santa María, Lu received its first Michelin star in 2018. The kitchen is in the centre of the designer restaurant which offers tasting menus which change daily according to the chef´s inspiration or what ingredients are available.

Mantúa, Plaza Aladro, 7, Jerez
Established in 2017 by Israel Ramos who also owns the excellent Albalá. The restaurant is very small but very good with various tasting menus and an extensive wine list specialising in Sherry and local wines.

Tiemar, Calle Sierra del Aljibe, 8, Jerez
Isidro López Lozano opened this restaurant in 2017 and focuses on textures and fusing foods from different cultures with a wealth of ingredients. Tapas and main dishes are available and the menus change quarterly with a couple of new offerings fortnightly.

T-22, Calle Torneria, 22, Jerez
Very recently opened, this restaurant is located in the stunningly refurbished 5* Hotel Casa Palacio María Luisa. The cuisine focuses on local produce and combines tradition and modernity paying particular homage to gypsy cooking. The chef is Ángel Taboada.

Universo Santi, Finca El Altillo, Avenida de Andalucía, 20, Jerez
Located in what was once the beautiful home of González Byass founder Manuel María González Ángel, this restaurant is unique in only employing people with some form of disability. It pays homage to the late Santiago Santamaría who ran Cataluña´s famous 3* Can Fabes and uses some of his recipes as well as some new ones. Voted Spain´s 2nd most romantic restaurant.

La Carboná, Calle San Francisco de Paula, 2, Jerez
Founded and run by Javier Muñoz (“El chef del Sherry”) and Ana Soto since 1994 and located in an old bodega with a fireplace in the middle, the restaurant specialises in tasting menus and uses Sherry in the cooking. They use local produce in innovative ways and are meat experts with a list of over 100 Sherries. It has a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Alboronía, Calle Gibraleón, 3, Jerez
Victor Marín and Adelina Pandelet offer a short but interesting menú based on seasonal produce, meaning it changes frequently, with a blend of Arab and Andalusian styles augmented by daily specials.

Atuvera, Calle Ramón Cala, 13, Jerez
Located opposite the lovely statue of Lola Flores (Atuvera was one of her songs) this establishment offers upmarket bar food such as fine charcuterie and cheese along with all shorts of innovative fusion cuisine by chef Pablo Lázaro.

La Espartería, Calle Paraíso S/N, Edificio Jerez, 74, Jerez
Run by Javier Parra, this establishment has no menu, but rather two blackboard groaning with tapas and desserts made freshly innovatively and imaginitively from whatever was available at the market that day.

Hermanos Carrasco, Avenida José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Bloque 10, Local 1, Jerez
While they specialise in grilled beef from all over Spain they also offer anything else you could possibly desire in their tapas bar, terrace and dining room. The chef is Juan Manuel Carrasco and his brother Miguel Ángel is front of house.

Cuchara de Palo, Avenida Alcalde Álvaro Domecq, 10, Jerez
Located on the lower floor of the NH Hotel and with a covered terrace and ample windows allowing illumination to the black walls covered in food and Sherry related things, chef Carlos Herrero focuses on fresh local produce with a twist of the oriental and other cultures.

La Cruz Blanca, Calle Consistorio, 6, Jerez
In a pretty central square this restaurant has a good list of Sherries by the glass, a good selection of tapas and desserts and intersesting and innovative main dishes with new offerings every week. Salads and fish dishes are excellent as are the classic dishes.

Albores, Calle Consistorio, 12, Jerez
Run by chef Julián Olivares, Albores with its architect-designed interior with recycled wood and iron, has a good wine list with plenty of Sherry and a wide range of dishes from tapas to main dishes specialising in classic Jerez styles such as his much admired clams in Sherry vinegar.

Hermanos Grimaldi, Avenida Voltaire, Edificio Apex, Jerez
 Jesús and Gonzalo Grimaldi come from a catering family and are both ex tutors at the Jerez Catering School. The restaurant has large windows giving a bright atmosphere and they offer a Good list of Sherries as well as a large range of innovative dishes designed for sharing.

La Condesa, Calle Tornería, 24, Jerez
Situated in the basement of the central Palacio Garvey Hotel, chef David Porras offers innovative seasonal dishes designed for sharing. Like many local chefs he trained at the Jerez School of Catering and in 2017 Michelin awarded La Condesa a Bib Gourmand.

Albalá corner of Duque de Abrantes and Divina Pastora
Located close to the Sandeman bodega and the Real Escuela, this bright modern restaurant run by Israel Ramos offers a wide range of interesting and creative tapas and main dishes with lots of Sherry by the glass.

Not only can Jerez boast these top quality restaurants – and there are many other very good ones too – but also every two years in May the city hosts the final of the Copa Jerez, a Sherry and food matching competition of ever increasing international importance. The city is then replete with famous names in the worlds of wine and gastronomy who offer all sorts of tastings and demonstrations. Hopefully the above will convince you to pay a visit to this fascinating place with fascinating wines. You certainly won´t be disappointed.

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