Restaurante El Arriate - El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz

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Restaurante El Arriate opened its doors in 2007, with head chef/owner David Méndez and director/wife Eva Baro offering modern and eclectic cuisine to the Costa de la Luzs' town of El Puerto de Santa Maria. They both come from the Andalusian city of Córdoba (Cordova in English), bringing with them hefty and creative ideas. Their philosophy has always been to offer a sensory experience through food and ceremonial activities. David's best wish is for his clients' enjoyment to fulfil El Arriate.

Key to El Arriates' success is the soulful relationship the owners have with local farmers and fishermen. The kitchen is miraclelously always evolving and the client's multitude of experiences arise. The season marks the rhythm of fine creations, traced from the fields and sea to the dining table.

The restaurant draws almost entirely from local products; whether it's fish from the bays of Barbate or Conil, orchards from SanLucar de Barrameda or El Puerto de Santa Maria, and even some stationary products such as algaes from San Fernando, which have all been bred natively. The thistles and asparagus when in season are picked from the sierra (combination of mountains), while the cheese is elaborated in the old towns of Ubrique and El Bosque.

We easily made ourselves at home at their warm and friendly hidden patio, which has a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. With nearly all year sunny weather, the patio is the perfect setting to enjoy your food. The ancient courtyard looks like something that was lost and brought back to life with fine decors of creative designs.

Our meal started with Eva serving us a generous white wine from the province of Cadiz called Entrechuelos. We had an olive oil tasting with accompanying rustic bread. Six dishes followed by sips of red wine Garum were indulged for the next three hours, we will never forget it. We each had mackerel pate with mayonnaise and sherry wine jelly, croquemoles (avocado croquettes) with sour sauce, grilled rockfish tartare and carpaccio of prawns and squid with ink sauce and corals, grilled pargo (red snapper) with black rice and garlic mayonnaise (alioli), iberic pork with grilled cabbage and potatos and for dessert we had apple strudel with custard and licorice.

Restaurante El Arriate | Seasonal Andalusian dishes with a creative touch | From 13:00 - 16:00 Tuesdays and Wednesdays 13:00 - 0:00 Thursdays to Saturdays (Sunday closed) | 30€ - 50€ estimate | El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz - Spain / Street - Calle Los Moros, 4 | 956 852 833 | restauranteelarriate@hotmail.com | Facebook  

Love the interior design of El Arriate.

Love the interior design of El Arriate.

Have lunch or dinner in their amazing patio surrounded by green life.

Have lunch or dinner in their amazing patio surrounded by green life.

Tasty carpaccio of prawns and squid with ink sauce and corals.

Tasty carpaccio of prawns and squid with ink sauce and corals.

The never before seen croquemoles (avocado croquettes) with sour sauce.

The never before seen croquemoles (avocado croquettes) with sour sauce.