This restaurant is a hidden gem, indeed. It's situated at the Plaza the los Naranjos in the Old Town in Marbella. Go past restaurant "Mena" and into the corner, and enter via the art gallery and go up the stairs. Once there, it is as if one enters someone's house. The decor is eclectic, there's a lot of art, but the whole is very harmonious. Beautifully laid tables. A fire place! The service is fantastic, so professional but absolutely not "la-di-da". The whole place gives such an impression of solidity and profound knowledge and professionalism.
Over to the most important - the food. Other reviewers have said it better than me. The food was exquisite, and wonderfully presented. I had quail, laid out in a flowery shape, with some warm grapes. Above it, the wonderful chef-artist had written "Fuengirola" in fruit sauce, in beautiful calligraphy. And it was so tasteful - I'll never forget this dish. For my husband, chef had written the name of another Andalucian town, in the same style! there was a drizzle of some green and brown "flour" in a line, it was so exquisite! -i can't explain it.
The wine list is excellent. We had a cheese cake - I'll never forget that, either!!
And the prices...amazingly reasonable for the quality of this restaurant.
Don't be lured in by nice-looking restaurants on the Plaza de los Naranjos, but look for the art gallery in the corner, and venture inside and up the stairs, to be welcomed by these friendly and genuinely professonal food artists....
The chef - Paco Jimenes - won a gold medal at the World Gastronomic meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and is a member of the Asociacion Gastronomica de las Americas.
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