Restaurant review: Girol (Spain)

27 05 2012

Restaurante Girol: Una cocina que fusiona auténticos sabores mediterráneos con toques de imaginación y creatividad de la gastronomía española e internacional – A cuisine that blends authentic Mediterranean flavors with a touch of imagination and creativity of Spanish and international cuisine.

Restaurant is a family establishment which opened its doors in 2006. Girol is mentioned in 2011 and 2012 Michelin Guides with two forks and knives. So the expectations were little bit high when entering in. One can see how restaurant looks like by watching video below.

Decided to order Menu degustacion corto – Sampling menu consisting of 1 starter, 1 fish, 1 meat and 1 dessert. All sampling dishes should have been also available as separate portions. Dinner started with delicious kitchen greetings. First warm “cups” and then quail egg.

Starter was Ajo blanco Malagueno – caracoles cuisados y tomate; “Ajo blanco” from Malaga (traditional dish with crumbs, water, garlic and almonds) stewed snails and tomate. Cold Ajo blanco was poured onto other ingredients, extremely yammy. Light garlic and almond taste supplemented well crumbs and all other flavors.

For fish we were served Lubina de acuicultura con estofado de patatas al laurel; Sea bass from fish farm and potatoes chew with bay leaf. Fish was perfectly prepared and cooking time was absolutely right.

Meat was Magret de cato asado con setas, cardo de cultivato acompafiado com salsa de mostaza; Roasted duck with mushrooms, cultivated histle served with mustard sauce. Unfortunately duck was a little bit chewy but histle (like risotto) saved a lot.

Dessert was Tarta de quesos fresco y curado con caramelo de citricos; Pie of fresh and mature cheeses with citrus candy. Creative dessert; maybe pie is wrong term but combination was enjoyable. Picture tells a lot more

Our “private” dinner was succesful; Girol earns to be mentioned in Michelin Guide. Location might be challenging because it is a little bit aside, but worth to find.

To be honest, best restaurant in Fuengirola town which is quite worn nowadays.

REVIEW: FOOD 4,5/5 – SERVICE 4+/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4 ,5/5

http://www.restaurantegirol.com/

http://demo.viamichelin.com/web/Restaurant/Fuengirola-29640-Girol-227201-41102

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Restaurant review: Grill Glöd (closed)

1 04 2012

UPDATE ON 1ST OF NOV. RESTAURANT GLÖD HAS BEEN CLOSED. STEFAN’S STEAHOUSE WILL OPEN AT THE SAME LOCATION IN DECEMBER.

Bar and Grill Glöd was opended in Autumn 2011 by Jan Åkerström who owns also restaurant Solna. Earlier restaurant Mecca was operating at the same place, so do not try to find it anymore. Some of the Mecca decor was still found at sanitary facilities.

Glöd fine grill concept is based on coal grill and open kitchen for preparing game food, fresh fish, seafood and vegetables. Glöd has also honoured with two cutlery pairs by Michelin Guide in 2012; excellent achievement in just a short time. In addition to restaurant there is also bar and Klub Casablanca (with K, not C) lounge with oriental athmosphere.

From 17 courses diners can select menus consisting of either 3 (35€) or 4 (39€) courses. Courses are devided in cold, warm and sweet dishes. We recommend to order one cold and two warm dishes if you decide to enjoy three courses, because they are quite small. By ordering four dishes you can take dessert also.

Restaurant was quite noisy due to background music  and tables which were close to each other. Seemed that cramped space made serving more difficult at least where we were seated.

Started with Cheviche Hibiscus Fish marinated in citrusdressing with rose flavoured blood orange and fennel (fishes were salmon and white fish, some salt would have improved taste, but none was at the tables) and Tuna “Tokyo Grill” Char goal grilled tuna, warm sushi rice and avocado ice cream (excellent combination but also missed some salt).

Warm dishes were Beets and Barley Oven roasted beets marinated in mustard dressing, barley risotto and whipped cream cheese (beets comes from beetroot and this dish was one of the best of all a la carte dishes eaten this time, barley replaced rice perfectly), Black Salmon Teriyaki roasted salmon, tomato-anise couscous and sake sauce (couscous did not match so well), Risotto Nero Black risotto, grilled tiger prawn tails and Tom Kha Khai foam (another bull’s eye, can recommend) and Ribs BBQ Grilled pork ribs, frisee lettuce and Texas Ranch dressing (did not classify in top three ribs, lettuce had some Caesar dressing)

For dessert Almond, Praline and Soup Almond cake, praline ice cream and warm chocolate and rum soup (asked sorbet instead of ice cream but got ice cream) and Chocolate Mousse “Cafe Vietnam” Chocolate mousse with blackcurrant, caramel and coffee foam and fudge ice cream (delicious; can recommend)

Although price for 4 dishes is affordable, bottle of wine increases total amount of bill. Avarage price for wine bottle is over 50€. Most of the dishes seek asian flavours and are well prepared. However, would have appreciated more deep savours to complement the experience. Full tables meant that customers have found Glöd.

REVIEW: Food 4-/5 – Service 4/5 – Overall grade 4-/5

http://www.glod.fi/

http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Restaurants#description@poi=345812_41102





Michelin star restaurants in Finland 2012

14 03 2012

Michelin Guide has updated it’s list of rewarded restaurants. All 5 existing Michelin restaurants kept their stars Chez Dominique in lead with 2 stars. We hoped that Chez Dominique would earn third star, but unfortunately not. Work or even food art of Hans Välimäki would have been worth of it.

Restaurants with Michelin stars are:

Chez Dominique, Rikhardinkatu 4, Helsinki: 2 stars (owner Hans Välimäki) http://www.chezdominique.fi/home_cd2?

Demo, Uudenmaankatu 9-11, Helsinki: 1 star (owners Tommi Tuominen and Teemu Aura) http://www.restaurantdemo.fi/demo

Luomo, Vironkatu 8, Helsinki: 1 star (owners Jouni Toivanen and Mika Mattila) http://www.luomo.fi/en/restaurant/

Olo, Kasarmikatu 44, Helsinki: 1 star (owners Pekka Terävä and Petri Lukkarinen) http://www.olo-restaurant.com/home.html

Postres, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki: 1 star (owners Samuli Wirgentius and Jari Liimatta) http://www.postres.fi/

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Bib Gourmand restaurants are:

Farang, Ainonkatu 3, Helsinki

Gaijin, Bulevardi 6, Helsinki – (new)

Grotesk, Ludviginkatu 8-10, Helsinki

La Table, Lönnrotinkatu 27, Helsinki (new location)

Solna, Solnantie 26, Helsinki

Interesting is that Farang and Gaijin have now both Bid Gourmand (excellent price/quality ratio) logos; both owned by chefs Tomi Björk and Matti Wiberg.  Also interesting is that Grotesk, owned by same chefs as Demo, got Bid Gourmand logo. First time same owners have two restaurants in Michelin Guide.

http://www.viamichelin.com/web/Restaurants#resultSearch@address=&merge=Helsinki&sK=1792&sejour=&michelin=false&arrivaldate=&nights=&people=








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