By Emma and Jamie Zammitt
Wonders of Food – Zahara:
Zahara de los Atunes is a quaint village on the Costa de la Luz, famous for its beautiful beaches and also known for having some of the best tuna in the world! There are a number of restaurants to choose from and each have their own way of preparing and serving the tuna in a variety of ways. Ordering tuna in this place, whether raw or cooked, will be one of the greatest decisions you’ll make!
While some of the older and more traditional (yet pricier) restaurants in Zahara, such as Casa Juanito and Restaurante Antonio are always a good shout, there are plenty of top-notch eateries combining gourmet dishes at reasonable prices in a relaxed and ‘good vibes only’ environment. We selected a few of our most memorable dishes for you to consider below:
Although this place looks quite unassuming from the outside, what a find this was! This restaurant is part of the Zoko Group of restaurants (there are three in Zahara) and it only opens during the summer season. They are keeping their opening under wraps as usual this year, but we suspect they will open as from May until mid-September. The Tartar de Atun Salvaje y Vaca Vieja is a must try! An egg yolk is mixed together with an aubergine and anchovies pate which is then spooned over the tuna and aged beef tartar. They also offer perfectly barbecued 60-day aged beef which will make any meat lover’s mouth water. For those with a sweet tooth, go for the Queso Payoyo cheesecake – you won’t be disappointed!
Another restaurant which is part of the Zoko Group, is particularly famous for its delicious arroces. This place only opens during lunch hours (even during high season) and requires bookings at least a few days in advance. Their staple dish is their Arroz Atunera and the fame it has garnered is rightfully justified. We would also recommend, as a starter, their beautifully presented Pornografia de Atun and if feeling extra peckish go for the Taco de Camaron.
Ordering tuna in this place will be one of the greatest decisions you’ll make!
Taberna Tia Juana:
This taberna opens for both lunch and dinner and is located a stone’s throw away from the beach. It offers a simple yet authentic Mediterranean style setting, indoor and outdoor seating and a limited menu with modern and creative dishes. We tend to prefer ordering raw tuna in Zahara given it is as fresh as you can get but we highly recommend the cooked tuna dish in this place, Ventresca de Atun a Baja Temperatura, slow cooked tuna served on a bed of creamed leeks, roasted garlic and crispy bacon.
Our list of dishes and restaurants to try in Zahara could go on but here are a couple of other places worth visiting – La Fresquita de Perea and Taberna Trasteo.
Wonders of Wine – Cadiz:
Depending on the place we’re visiting, we like to try wines from that particular region. In Gibraltar, we’re lucky to have such a great selection of wines but feel that we tend to go for wines that are more familiar to us, such as reds from Rioja or Ribera del Duero (due to the accessibility), as our palates have inevitably become more accustomed to those particular styles and varietals. For this reason, we always like to give less well-known wine regions a try… Cadiz being one of them. Most restaurants in Cadiz always have a section of ‘vinos de la zona/de Cadiz’ in their wine list so here are a few of our wine recommendations which are also of great value from
Arcos de la Frontera:
ARX Tesalia 2017 from Bodegas Tesalia (Red)
Finca Moncloa 2016 from Gonzalez Byass (Red)
Garum 2018 from Bodegas Luis Perez (Red)
El Muelle 2019 from Bodegas Luis Perez (White)
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