Having rented a villa in Benalmadena, I asked the owner what restaurant he would recommend in the area - he answered immediately, 'Fidel’s'. A recommendation from a local is usually fairly accurate.
Located in Benalmadena Pueblo (Benalmadena Village), it is around a 10-15 minute drive from the main areas in Benalmadena such as the marina. However, this makes for a beautiful backdrop of white-washed buildings; away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of boisterous English tourists.
We were seated in the restaurant courtyard which is beautifully decorated with a traditional Spanish theme. In fact, on arrival, a local couple even gave up their seat so we could all sit together (8 of us) - this kind gesture set up the mood perfectly for a wonderful experience.
As we were seated, the waiter (who was extremely attentive) offered a choice of bread and a local pate which was a great way to wet the pallet. We also had some olives for the table which, I believe, were thrown in pro bono. The waiter went on to describe the specials and how the menu was set out - throwing in the odd joke making for an enjoyable dining experience. It was very relaxed in a formal environment. The waiting staff had excellent customer service skills and we all felt very at home.
All of us ordered from the set menu which (starter, main, dessert and half bottle of wine); total cost was a mere 27 Euros; fantastic value. I had a local garlic soup for starters which was served cold - think I got a bit ambitious here as it was not to my taste (not the restaurants fault, of course). For the main course I had chicken breast stuffed with shrimp and a mash potato side - simply exquisite. I then had a light and airy meringue with raspberries to top of the meal nicely.
If you are looking for a genuine Spanish dining experience, with excellent food and ambience, then a trip to Fidel’s is for you.
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