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Gibraltar Cuisine

The variety of styles and flavours coming from different regions and cuisines is impressive in Gibraltar, just considering the fish meals include a wide range of distinctive dishes. In Marina Bay and in Queensway Quay, the specialities include most of the fish dishes, like the raspberry point oysters, salmon fillet, seared yellow fin tuna (with various fresh herbs, creamy potatoes and eggplant), scallops (with potatoes, foie gras, spinach, white oil and various herbs) and all the grilled fish meals. In the old and small village of Catalan Bay, which is situated on the East Coast, fish is served directly after fishing it from the sea, as freshness is the most important aspect when cooking this meal. The fish is served whole, in the Mediterranean style, with the bone and accompanied by whipped potatoes, snow peas, fresh tomatoes and white wine sauce. There are also many traditional British restaurant and pubs and coffee shops as well, which serve the local coffees and beverages.

An important fact is that Gibraltar cuisine uses elements from various cooking traditions borrowed from their neighbours and developed from their own traditional dishes. While there are no specific or unique preparation methods for Gibraltar cooking, using the right amount of spices, for example is essential; either for spicing up the taste or for colouring the dish. The diversity of vegetables and cereals found in Gibraltar is also noticed in the delicious dishes belonging to their cuisine. The visual attractiveness of the dish is also important, and a balance between colours and proportion differentiates. Each traditional dish has a special cooking method, which is more or less general in all of Gibraltar’s regions. Meat is one of the main elements of most Gibraltar dishes and cured and smoked hams are often parts of delicious dishes.

Gibraltar people like to enjoy large family feasts and celebrate with all occasions, as joy is an important status in their life. Due to the fact that Gibraltar is a multi-cultural community, there can be found many religions, but the majority of people are Catholics and celebrate Christmas in the traditional way. Muslims don’t eat pork or animal fat and blood due to the religious principles. The Christmas menu includes complex and complicated foods, such as roasted chicken (with black vinaigrette, creamy polenta and snow peas) or rack of lamb, which is prepared with whipped potatoes, chard, cherry sauce and pistachio.





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