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A little history
Despite coming from very different professional backgrounds, in 1999 we opened our first restaurant in Cartagena – Azafrán. We were the regional representatives of the First Congress of Spanish Gastronomy, where the importance of creative versus traditional gastronomy was officially recognised. Our tasting menus, and our flair for understanding and treating cuisine as one would any other artistic process, set a precedent in the local area.
After ten years, we closed Azafrán’s doors and for six years the venue was run with great success by another team, under the name of El Callejón. We took advantage of the break to embark on our global journey and to get involved in other multicultural projects, which almost always had a connection to the kitchen.
Revitalised following our journey, the doors of our restaurant are once again open, but this time under a new name – Universal – and offering a wealth of gastronomic delights, that encapsulate delicious, local Mediterranean cuisine, but with a nod and a wink to the other gastronomies of the world that we love.
So now from our beloved Cartagena, with its crossroads of cultures across the millennia, we’re delighted to take you on a gastronomic tour that takes in the most exquisite tapa and paella recipes, and the finest dishes using only the very best that land and sea have to offer.
And because we’re huge art aficionados, you’ll always find photographs, sculptures, landscaping, music and events featuring the most renowned artists to complement your experience at Universal.
Come and discover more – we very much look forward to welcoming you to Universal!
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