A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
Its location largely dictates the
kind of food on offer in Sanlúcar: lying on the shore of the
Guadalquivir Estuary and close to the Atlantic, seafood is what it does best,
and Manzanilla is naturally what accompanies it best. The town is noted for the
quality of its potatoes and the langostinos even have a Denominación
de Origen, and there is an incredible variety of fine seafood landed at the
quayside of Bonanza, just a little upstream from Sanlúcar. Not only is the quality
of the raw material excellent but also that of the cuisine, and many good
restaurants can be found along the beach in the Bajo de Guía area
from where one can contemplate the Coto Doñana and centuries of history. The
general standard is very high and the following are just some of the best places
El Mirador de Doñana, Avenida Bajo de Guía,
Traditional Sanluqueño cuisine
made from local produce freshly sourced every day. The philosophy is respect
for the produce and its pairing with the local wine.
Restaurante Poma, Avenida Pórtico
de Bajo de Guía, 6
There are three dining areas and
the walls are decorated with all sorts
of objects connected with the sea while the cuisine specialises mainly in
seafood and shellfish stews.
Casa Bigote,Avenida Pórtico de Bajo de Guía, 10
One of the oldest and most famous,
established in 1951. There is a tapas bar and a proper restaurant with just
about everything one can imagine from the sea and beautifully cooked.
Restaurante Avante Claro,Avenida
Pórtico de Bajo de Guía, 4
Traditional Andalusian seafood
cuisine with a few modern touches including vegetarian options. Bar and
restaurant inside with a terrace facing the estuary.
Gastrobar-Restaurante El Espejo, Calle Caballeros, 11
Located in an XVIII century
mansion with a beautiful patio opposite the Orléans-Borbón
palace. Chef José Luis Fernández´menu is less seafood dominated
with plenty of organic vegetables and meat too, and the wine list is excellent.
Calle Mar, 2
An adjunct to the Argüeso
bodegas offering a fusion of traditional and vanguard with classic local
seafood dishes, retinto beef, almadraba tuna, ceviche and sushi.
Casa Balbino, Plaza del Cabildo, 14
Situated at no. 30 in the 100
best European “Gourmet Casual” restaurants section of Opinionated About Dining
and famed for its tortillitas de camarón, it also offeres classic Sanluqueño fish,
shellfish and seafood stews.
Barbiana, Calle Ancha, 2
Naturally the excellent
Manzanilla Barbiana is served here, along with classic local tapas such as
con melva, ensaladilla de langostinos, calamares rellenos and galeras cocidas.
Taberna der Guerrita, corner Calle San Salvador and Calle Rubiños
This is both a friendly local bar
and a temple to Sanlúcar wine with an enormous range and even a shop. The food
is great too with all sorts of local seafood, pork, duck and beef.
Chiringuito Alfonsito, Callejón
A chiringuito is a beach
restaurant and here fish is grilled or cooked on skewers stuck into sand in a little
old boat. They offer rice with lobster, sardines, and all kinds of seafood.
Casa Perico, Salvador Gallardo, 27
This is a classic Sanlúcar
bar, tapas bar and restaurant serving all kinds of well cooked traditional seafood
generously and unpretentiously and at a reasonable price.
Weisshorn, Calle Sevilla, 30
Named after a rice ship which
sank in the estuary, this is an amazing place. The restaurant specialises in
the arabic cuisine of old Andalucía and offers vegetarian options, while
they also have a distillery making gin and vodka and even an adjacent electric
Bodegas La Cigarrera, Plaza Madre de Dios
Imagine dining in a bodega! The atmosphere of this XVIII century bodega with its patio is lovely and the food is classic traditional Sanlúcar fare. They will even cook fish you bring with you for a modest price.
Lantero, Calle Ancha, 51
This is more of a modern wine bar with a good wine list and offers ibérico pork and quality beef as well as seafood dishes. They also offer a wide range of tapas.