Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Cervejaria Ramiro, Lisbon, Portugal

Upon arriving in Lisbon after a long and tiring flight, one of our main priorities was to find somewhere to eat. We decided to take a risk and go to Cervejaria Ramiro, which is arguably one of the best restaurants in the city. Naturally, its reputation comes with unbelievably long queues which can stretch up to two hours long.

Luckily for us, we managed to get in after waiting only twenty minutes. We were greeted by a friendly waiter who showed us to our table and handed us with our menu on an iPad. There was a wide variety of seafood, and as a seafood lover, I was overwhelmed by all the choices.

The first dishes to come were the garlic prawns and garlic clams, which both tasted wonderful with garlic bread. Then arrived the barnacles, which was a bit sweet despite their unappealing appearance. Things started to get messy as the scarlet prawns were brought to our table, followed by the spider crab with roe. We were forced to use our hands, and within minutes sauce and roe were splattered all over the table. Do not make the same mistake as me and bring a white shirt.

Overall Ramiro is a must-go restaurant if you are ever travelling to Lisbon. Its high-quality food and reputation ensure that it is loved by both locals and tourists alike.

Toasted buttered bread
This was one order but believe me, you'll end up ordering more. 

Garlic Prawns in Olive Oil

Now this is something you don't get to see everyday. Do you know what these weird looking shelled creatures are called? These are gooseneck barnacles and are considered a rare and wonderful delicacy in Spain and Portugal. We had our first taste of barnacles here in Ramiro. They are far from appetising at first glance but the flesh is actually slightly sweet and the texture is like a combination of clams and lobsters. The best way to eat them is to boil them. How do you eat them? You simply twist off the claw and pull the inner flesh out of its shell. Easy peasy!

Garlic Clams

Giant Scarlett Prawns, Tiger Prawns

Look at its size!

Spider crab full of roe.

There are more than a dozen reasons why I love Lisbon and you will too. 

Av. Almirante Reis nÂș1 - H, 
1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal

Ramiro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Bistro Guggenheim and The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Bilbao? Is it pintxos? The warm and welcoming Basque people or is it the Guggenheim Museum? You can't really visit Bilbao without seeing the Guggenheim Museum. The impact of this building has forever changed the way the world thinks about Bilbao, a struggling industrial town that is now a cultural metropolis. Built in limestone, glass and titanium in the shape of a bouquet of fish tails, this colossal structure was designed by Frank Ghery especially for Bilbao. It is incredible to say the least.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is featured in Dan Brown's Robert Langdon mysteries series, Origin. Dan Brown's books are always about intriguing subjects that stimulate further discussion. You'll be at the edge of your seat reading this brilliant book and I suggest you read it before you visit Bilbao. 

Jeff Koons' "Tulips"
A giant bouquet of multi-coloured balloon tulips.

"Maman" (spider) by Louise Bourgeois

"Puppy" covered in flowers by Jeff Koon located in Plaza Aguirre outside the museum.

left photo- Fog Sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya
right photo- La Salve Bridge by Daniel Buren and Tall Tree & The Eye by Anish Kapoor

We dined at Bistro Guggenheim after visiting the Guggenheim Museum. It has a nice funky interior fitting for a modern museum. The dishes were fantastic, portions were generous and were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Dining inside one of the greatest buildings of our time with fantastic views of River Nervion made it even more special (request for a table near the window).

 We opted for the starter, main, dessert, water and wine (yes, they gave us a bottle!). It was an excellent meal from start to finish and definitely value for money. A rare find in a popular touristy area.

Spider Crab Terrine

Cod Stew and King Prawns

Roasted and Deboned Lamb


Idiazabal Cheesecake

Petit Fours

Avda. Abandoibarra n2
48009, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
+34 944 239 333

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Where to Eat Txuleton in Bilbao? Berton, Bilbao, Spain

When I travel, I always take heaps of pictures. If you're anything like me, you'll post and share them on Facebook. It's an obsession, I mean "passion". I always have fond memories of looking back at these photos particularly of food. It wasn't really just about how I enjoyed the meal, it was something deeper. Eating my way around the world allows me to experience and learn more about people, culture and food. It is a never-ending source of learning and inspiration. 

Basque Country in Northern Spain is known for its unique culture, language and cuisine which differ notably from the rest of Spain. This region's cuisine certainly packs a culinary punch and it's becoming more famous worldwide.

Txuleton is what you call a bone-in ribeye steak in Basque and it is an absolute must-try when visiting the region. These beef from old cows are slowly cooked on a wood-fire grill and the result is juicy, tender steaks with a wonderful intense flavour.

Berton is one of the best places to try these exceptionally tasty steaks with amazing pintxos and apple cider.

This is the classic "Gilda". A simple assembly of pepper, olive and anchovy pierced together by a toothpick. It is perhaps the most famous of all pintxos. It was named in honour of Rita Hayworth's most famous film role. 

Here's another hidden food gem from the Basque Country, it is the Basque Cider which is produced using apples that are grown in the Basque Country. 

This is how apple cider is poured!

Put your steak on the grill and add salt. I'll say it again- exceptionally tasty!

One of the things I like about Bilbao is its mix of old and new architecture. What used to be an old rusty industrial city is now transformed into a sleek and modern city while maintaining its old Basque spirit.

Keeping the old but adding something new with a touch of Philippe Starck, that's Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao (below). What was once a neglected wine storage building has been converted into a leisure and cultural centre. There are shops, cafes, library, cinemas and a huge open space on the ground level with 43 stunning pillars supporting the 3 magnificent buildings of Azukna Zentroa. It's a place skipped by many tourists but is a must-see if you're a fan of architecture, glad I went.

Just a stone's throw away from Azkuna Zentroa is the dazzling multifaceted block of glass and steel structure that houses Basque's new Health Department Headquarters. The building is truly an architecture and engineering marvel. It is quite simply, strikingly beautiful.

Jardines Kalea, 11, Bilbao, Spain
944 16 70 35