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“Food as art” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Calima - CLOSED

Calima
Price range: $144 - $216
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Oslo, Norway
Level Contributor
45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Food as art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We entered this minimalistic food temple not sure what to expect. The room is light with huge windows overlooking the ocean. The service from you enter the room is impeccable, as one expects from a restaurant at this level.

We ordered the Menu Oximoron and started the adventure of 23 dishes. If you go to this restaurant expecting normal food, you will be dissapointed. The small elegant dishes are a challenge both in tastes and texture.

We did not like every dish,we did not expect to. But most of them were both interesting, tasty and different.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Lyalil
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Rating summary
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New York
Level Contributor
24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good service but food way overrarted”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Went to Calima for Diner having heard rave reviews. Service was great, place is very attractive with a good view of the water. Wine choice was great. Food was fair and that is generous. They try to hard to be different and didn't succeed. Both appetizers and main courses were average if not below.

Maybe it was our choice but we are fairly sophisticated eaters.

Visited June 2013
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Thank DifficultNY
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Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
145 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Not only the dishes, but also the atmosphere and liturgy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

When going downstairs you just begin to realize you are entering a "new order" area, a temple consecrated to the senses. The team takes your order and you are served with a perfectly balanced choreography. Your expectations are totally fulfilled... Two worthy-awarded Michelin Stars!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Elba B
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Moncalieri, Italy
Level Contributor
82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Dani Garcìa is a Genius”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

Not giving this restaurant 5 stars is a shame. It's not as having a good meal in a famous restaurant. Calima is an art experience like a Dalì exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris.
We've been there two times. The first time Calima had 1 Michelin star and the menu was 90 Euro, the second time - 2 Michelin stars and the menu was 125 Euro. It's expensive, but try to find a Michelin starred restaurant at a better price, and few of them are so spectacular as Calima.

Danì Garcìa used to work in the famous El Bulli and is very influenced by the molecular gastronomy. The restaurant is small, about 20 tables, very elegantly furnished, placed inside a beautiful hotel, with a sea view.
The kitchen is a glass cage inside the dinning room, so you watch all the time how 10 persons prepare the food. They don't really cook, no high temperature treatment of the food. The ingredients are raw (carpaccio, foams), chilled with liquid nitrogen or other similar processing. The menu consists of 25 items (which change seasonally) and all of them will surprise you.
Pop-corn which is made of ice cream with fresh garden tomato taste.
Metallic colour tomato full with salmorejo (cold tomato soup).

The most explicit post-modern art work for me was the De-constructed Peach. It's a dessert with 4 elements. The first seems a rose-yellow mature peach. In fact it's an egg-vanilla cream which represents the perfect peach form. The second element is an ice cream with the pure taste of a peach just caught from the tree. The third is a very light frozen foam with the exact slight sourness of the peach. These three ingredients are placed on a thin purée made of fresh fragrant peach. So the peach was de-constructed in its form, taste, sourness and peachness.

I forgot to tell that almost everything was also very savoury.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Iordanka M
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice, but not worth 2 stars IMO”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Wanted to visit the (on paper) best restaurant in the Málaga area. So went to Calima.

Regarding price-quality, i doubt if it indeed is the best restaurant. The food was nice but i missed different textures. It was a lot of soft, liquid and foamy things. Everything was well presented.

The service was alright. I missed the knowledge though. Especially the sommelier whom we asked which wine he advised. "Just choose a bottle of white wine" is not the answer you expect in a high-end restaurant. After a while, and questions from our side, he advised a (very good) wine.

The different plates were served in an extrordinary high speed. The waiters were watching us eat and removed the plates at a certain dish while we wer still eating! That is unacceptable. After we asked to slow down it went a tiny little bit better/slower. Dining in a Michelin star rated restaurant is a night out, not shoving some food in your mouth and move.

All in all was everything ok, but certainly not outstanding. The bill was two star level though. The experience however not.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sean-Marleen
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