It’s become something of a tradition to be rather extravagant with Jessica’s birthday restaurant selection. With going to Marv & Ben in Copenhagen last year, and Forage and Chatter in Edinburgh the year before, Gibraltar’s best had a lot to live up to. On the 7th floor of Gibraltar’s number one hotel, the Sunborn Super Yacht, is the Barbary Restaurant. The menu mixes North African, British and Mediterranean flavours and brings it all together in the most luxurious setting overlooking the Ocean Village Marina.
It was an evening full of surprises for Jessica which started as soon we arrived… three birthday balloons were to the side of our table with a welcome glass of prosecco (I’d emailed them earlier in the week to make these plans).
Yoghurt marinated corn fed chicken breast, tabbouleh, sesame sauce and burnt leek – £16.00
The Barbary source only the best local produce including the finest caught fish and meats, vegetables and oils. This was perfectly evident as we jumped straight into the main courses which would go down incredibly well with gin based cocktails. Everything about both dishes was spectacular. The meats were unbelievably tender, complimented with alternative flavours and perhaps best of all for a restaurant of such calibre, the portions left us feeling full and accomplished.
Cinnamon spiced lamb shank with broccoli granola, chickpeas, celeriac and egg plant puree – £19.00
The surprises didn’t end there as after telling me she wasn’t fancying dessert because of being so full (head in hands moment), the specially made chocolate cheesecake arrived and it was very special indeed. The appearance, the taste, the personalisation – I was so happy that my plans were pulled off perfectly!
Then, finally, one last surprise with the news that we’d be checking out of our Holiday Inn room the following morning to come back to this wonderful yacht hotel for our final night in Gibraltar.
We’re not ones to normally splash out on fancy hotels, instead preferring to spend our money exploring and appreciating where we are. Something came over to me to make an exception this time around and it left me without a single regret. Our room (or cabin) felt like it was fit for royalty with a dash of luxury sprinkled over every single aspect, the highlight probably being the automatic curtains opening up to a view of the harbour.
Never have we ordered room service breakfast in a hotel before. Again, not our style to be overly extravagant in what we do but we needed to treat ourselves as if we’ll never be back here again. We had the lot – omelettes, pain au chocolat’s, hash browns, toast with butter and jam, tea, coffee and orange juice.
It was one of those “life’s pretty sweet” moments.
Number one tip for staying in Gibraltar – save up some penny’s to stay at least one night at The Sunborn Super Yacht Hotel. If your experience is anything like ours, it will make your trip. It will probably be what we remember the most in 10 years time.