Tapas Bars in Cape Town

La Parada

Spanish tapas prepared by the chef Andres Condé, trained in El Bulli and recognized as the best chef of Navarra, Spain in 2003.



The menu offers different tapas such as paella, serrano ham, chistorra, calamari with aioli or the typical ham croquettes.


La Parada is cozy, the walls are decorated with images of Spain, bullfights and flamenco. There are chester sofas, wooden tables and of course, Spanish music.

It is located in the center of Cape Town in Bree Street whith several trendy restaurants around.

Address: 107 Bree Street

Chef’s Wearhouse

A small restaurant that is literally part of the a cooking supply store that offers delicious tapas in a chic cantina setting. The menu changes every day, reservations are not accepted, so get there early or risk missing out!



The restaurant has a gourmet shop that sells different products (bread, butcher store, wine and cheeses), kitchen utensils and cookbooks.



Monday through Friday from 7am to 15pm they also offer street food to takeaway.

Monday to Friday:

Food- 12h to 14: 30h.

Supper 16: 30h to 20h

Saturday- 12h to 14: 30h

Address: 92 Bree Street

Sojasun brunch event in Madrid

Sojasun recently showed us their pop up store Sojasun Home to present their soy products, cultivated in France using spring water.


A gourmet brunch was prepared by Samantha Vallejo-Nájera, accompanied by a short play by Dario Facal and his school Work in Progress.


Samantha Vallejo-Nájera, prepared for the occasion five courses, whose recipes can be found on at www.sojasun.es based on five types of vegetarian dishes.


Beverages (soy bean with calcium, chocolate, vanilla and rice based).


Prepared dishes (Indian soy burger, tomato and basil, chopped vegetable, scallops).


Accessories for cooking (cream and tofu etc.).


Desserts (vanilla delight, chocolate, caramel).


Yogurt (plain, with pulp and pieces of fruit, a creamy source of fiber).


Have you tried Sojasun products?


El Columpio, new restaurant in Madrid

A few months ago the restaurant ‘El Columpio‘  opened at  C/Caracas, 10  a new project from restauranteur Stephen Arnáiz, who also owns ‘Le Cocó‘, which we reviewed in an earlier post.
El Columpio‘ is located in the Almagro section of Chamberí and is open all day (09:00 to 00.00), so you can go for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just have a drink after work at the bar.
The cuisine by chef Juan Rioja offers Mediterranean dishes such as ravioli of fresh prawn, squid tentacles, beef cheeks, pork confit with pears in wine or verdins with black sausage, prawns and squid noodles.
We recommend the eggplant sticks with honey, wok mushrooms, artichokes, and green asparagus. You should also try the mushroom pizza with truffle.
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For dessert try the homemade cakes as carrot cake or coulant au chocolate with vanilla ice cream.
The architect Marta Banus designed ‘El Columpio‘ with three distinct spaces.
First the bar, very rustic with traditional tools hanging on the walls and wood beams on the ceiling.
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The chic and sophisticated front room, with its cocktail bar, has 1920’s inspired retro lamps, gilt mirrors and colored velvet sofas.
And finally a more informal space, with tables and stools and a relaxed ambiance.
Every day from 09:00 to 00.00; Thursday through Saturday until 2:00 a.m.
Caracas, 10 Madrid


Mokka School and Shop, a new space in Madrid with 100% Arabica coffee and over hundred teas and infusions as well as the latest in kitchenware.


An elegant shop in the Salamanca neighborhood that has been designed by the studio responsible for the interior design of Loewe.
Mokka School & Shop is also a pioneer brewing school in Madrid, in a country that consumes only 4 kg of coffee per person on average per year, the objective is to teach people to love, understand and make coffee. The store has a learning space where the staff organize tasting courses, prepare and serve coffee and tea for both professionals and the public.
We went through the school and learnt about the origin, varieties and taste of different types of coffee.
If you want to do a course it is free but you need to book in advance. You’ll also learn how to prepare and serve coffee at home, including a brief introduction to latte-art.
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Mokka School and Shop buys their beans directly from small production farms, carefully selecting and roasting the coffee
 The coffee selection includes Panama Geisha La Esmeralda, one of the most recognized in the world, with 14 awards for excellence and having reached a price of €600 the kilogram.
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Also highlights Jamaica Blue Mountain, grown in the highest mountains in the Caribbean and considered the Don Peringnon of coffee, with only 6,000 hectares of production area in the country, and only supplied in wooden barrels.
Mokka also have coffee from Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Salvador, Mexico, Kenya and Ethiopia. The coffee is sold by weight in beans or ground in the moment, according to customer tastes and the characteristics of the buyers’ coffee machines.
Completing the offer of over a hundred teas and infusions is Mokka’s own brand Exxum; ranging from classic green, red, black, white, oolongs and roiboos from small gardens and exotic fruits and mixes made with 100% natural ingredients.
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Café Mokka is present in the best catering establishments, restaurants, cafés and hotels.
Mokka also sell household items such as spoons, cups or teapots and a collection of tools for preparing drinks.  
The coffee machines offer includes Chemex, a preparation system suitable only for coffee for consumers with patience, which is based on a grain infusion with hot water and subsequent filtration by gravity. Or Hario Syphon, one of the most amazing methods used to produce a delicate tea-like coffee.
Mokka School & Shop
Adress: Velázquez, 101
Telephone number: 9163 44 47
Schedule: from 10:00 to 14:00 h. and from 17:00 a 20:00 h. from monday to saturday

Gourmet Experience Serrano,52 Madrid

On January 12th the new Gourmet Experience was inaugurated on the top floor of the Corte Inglés at Serrano, 52 Street in Madrid.


This new space with two floors was renovated by prominent interior designers.

On the seventh floor you can find StreetXO from chef David Muñoz, Cascabel by Roberto Ruiz and Rocambolesc by Jordi Roca. Together these chefs have seven Michelin stars between them.


StreetXO is based on a philosophy of ‘street food‘ with a hint of worldwide influences.

Aromatic dishes with meat, fish, a mixture of flavors, sour, spicy, crunchy textures. The 200 square meter space was designed by Lazaro Rosa-Violán.


Cascabel offers unique recipes with Mexican flavors and local ingredients. Roberto Ruiz’s dishes (aguachile scallops, fish taco, guacamole, tossed chicken…) and a variety of coktails with mezcal.


The design of the restaurant was done by Eugenio Caballero, who won an Oscar in 2007 for art direction of the film Pan’s Labyrinth.


And Rocambolesc offers ice cream as high craft.


This delicious ice cream comes in six flavors: chocolate 70%; baked apple based on an old recipe from Jordi Roca’s mother; vanilla from Papantla, Mexico; yogurt and sheep milk, a classic dessert of Celler Can Roca; carrot, mandarin and apricot sorbet; and a limited edition Panettone ice cream. Uniquely “Icy Hot”, and lastly a spongy bread containing creamy ice cream.


Sandra Tarruella designed this original ice cream bar.

Also on the seventh floor there is a 100 square meter sun deck equipped with heaters.

On the sixth floor at El Corte Ingles you can find the “Gastrobar Experience“.

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With more than 350 square meters this gourmet shopping area is where you can find high quality food products to taste on site or take out. A large wine cellar with a wide assortment of quality wines and champagne.

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 Customers can enjoy a selection of cheeses, preserves, chocolates and food from around the world.


Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm

Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 am

Sunday from 11 am to 12 pm

Tapa Tapa opens their first restaurant in Madrid



One of the leading restaurant groups in the country, AN GROUP, with a large presence in Barcelona opens their first restaurant in the center of Madrid.




AN GROUP was founded in 1995 and already had 26 restaurants before opening number 27 in Madrid.




Tapas, made fresh, as well as sandwiches, rice and other dishes, accompanied with German beer or good Spanish wine.







The hand-cut  jamón serrano is one of the notable dishes; the gin and tonics and bravas are delicious and the kitchen is ‘non-stop’ from 8h to 1h.

The space, with more than 220 m2, has capacity for more than 70 people, and also has a terrace with capacity for over 80 people.



C/ Montera 47 (Gran Via)- 28013 Madrid

Schedule: 8h to 1h.

All day open kitchen

“The Gentleman’s wager”
 article sponsored by Johnnie Walker Blue Label

To the sweet whirling rhythm of a clarinet, we join Jude Law, the British star and Giancarlo Giannini, the famous Italian actor relaxing aboard of a beautiful wooden schooner anchored in a bay in the British Virgin Islands.

Not just any boat. In a schooner built in 1928, by the Blagietto Varazze shipyard in Italy. Unique in the world and unrepeatable.

The English performer asks his friend to sell him the amazing boat but the Italian actor tells Law that it is not for sale. So the Englishman challenges his friend to accept a bet. That he will win the boat with a dance.

Giancarlo, reluctant to sell the ship, but amused by the challenge, accepts. We remember Giancarlo on his role in Casino Royale, a great example of the classic gentleman like his partner in this short film.


The video reminds us that the best things in life are not purchased with money, as they have another kind of value.

Jake Scott directed this short film that takes us to a marvelous seaside location. The message is that we cannot buy stories and good times, we must live them.

About Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Originally Blue Label whiskey was offered only to the British royal family. Composed of 40 whiskies made ​​in distilleries and aged over 50 years. A clearly different whiskey, with hints of wood and spice.


DIAGEO is the world’s leading premium drinks company with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands ranging from spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Article sponsored by Johnnie Walker, but all thoughts are our own.

Zamanda Pairing & Gastronomy

María Carmen and Félix Cabezudo are the owners of Zamanda Pairing & Gastronomy, a space designed to revolutionize the concept of gourmet food in Madrid.
Located at 14 Felix Boix Street, in the district of Chamartin, Zamanda is a gourmet boutique that sells unique products from around the world, offering an alternative to traditional shops and promoting the marriage of food and drink.
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When introducing a new product, María Carmen and Félix focus primarily on its uniqueness and try to offer excellent price/quality.
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The offering is constantly being updated with over 500 products, of which 120 are wines and spirits. You can find products from gourmet bread (from two euros) to the most exclusive caviar (up to three thousand euros a kilo). Not only selling products that are hard to find in any other shop in the city, María Carmen and Félix also advise customers to help them find the perfect gift or just something to enjoy at home.
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Along with the wide range of foods, Zamanda offers a selection of wines, spirits, beer and cocktail accessories. Their slogan is differentiation and quality. The customer can taste special brands of beer, brandy, gin, whisky or wine many of them also they recommend how to pairing.
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Contact Details:

Zamanda Maridaje & Gastronomía

C/ Felix Boix, 14

28036 Madrid

Phone number: 91 084 29 52





From Monday to Friday 10:00 -20:00 horas
Saturday 10:00 -14:00 horas


Zamanda Maridaje & Gastronomía:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zamandamaridajeygastronomia

Twitter: @zamandamaridaje

Instagram: zamandamaridajeygastronomía



Le Coco, new restobar in Madrid

Le Cocó, a new restobar offering Mediterranean cuisine has opened in Chueca by Esteban Arnáiz who is the owner of other successful restaurants in the capital, most recently Cien Llaves and Bon Vivant & Co.


A space with an original and cozy decor created by architect Marta Banus.


Rustic and industrial elements with large windows from the street.


Downstairs there is a room for private meetings and celebrations.


The cuisine by chef John Rioja is composed of simple and original dishes such as beet gazpacho with marinated anchovies, hummus with pita bread, burrata with olive oil or tempura asparragus with romesco sauce.



The main courses highlight a particular view of fish & chips or tuna tartare and avocado salad with tender shoots of lettuce.


For the sweet tooth, there are a variety of homemade cakes.


Delicious cocktails are prepared by expert bartender Doru Timocke such as Pisco Sours (pisco sour, egg white, lime and bitters).

C/Barbieri, 15. Madrid. Tel 91 521 99 55

Every day from 09:00 to 00.30; Thursday through Saturday until 02.00h.

Average price: 20 to 25 € per person • Drinks and cocktails: 6.50 to 12 €



The British chain, Costa Coffee, have opened their first store in Madrid. The new café is located at Moda Shopping Mall.

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The café is 155 m2 with an outdoor seating area of 41 m2 and can accommodate up to 70 people.

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With the opening of the new café in Madrid, the company now has 7 stores in operation in Spain.
Costa Coffee was founded by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa who emigrated to London in 1971. Costa Coffee started as a coffee roasting business and its main goal was to bring authentic Italian coffee to the UK. Today the firm has over 2,700 stores in 30 countries. At Costa Coffee skilled baristas are coffee makers, using special techniques to ensure that guests enjoy a quality experience and unique taste. The company controls the entire production process, as well as distribution of their coffee: roasting, import and sale.

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For the past 7 years the British coffee chain has managed through its Foundation to give back to the coffee communities who have rendered their services. The Costa Foundation has conducted more than 41 school projects in Guatemala, Colombia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Peru and Honduras.
We want to invite you to taste Costa Coffee by giving you an invitation valid for a drink. Just leave a comment here to win a free coffee. VALID UNTIL 15TH AUGUST (5 drinks on offer)
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