Urb. Los Flamingos Golf – Ctra. de Cádiz, Km. 166. 29679 Marbella
Tel: +34 902 200 676
Opening hours: Everyday 2000-2300
Located some 3km above the waterline between Marbella and Estepona, this restaurant (hotel) is well worth the trip. Beautiful setting under the hanging vines as the sun set. On the day we were there is was 36 degrees but felt nice in the shadow of the trees.
Apparently the first lady – Michelle Obama stayed at the hotel in 2012.
The location of the veranda at the rear of the hotel, offers a secluded and intimate atmosphere; the tables are given plenty of space, and the overhanging vines enhance the general feeling of a Mediterranean courtyard style.
The Veranda is one of several restaurants, but with the highest ambitions. It has Michelin quality food served by attentive waiting staff (also reflected in the price…) but if you want very high quality food this is the place to go.
We are thankful to Cristobal Gómez for a wonderful food experience. If you dine in La Veranda, it could be one of the best meals you will ever have. And the service is excellent, just like it should be in a five star hotel.
Calle Ancha 8 – Casco Antiguo (Old town), Marbella
Opening hours: Every day 9.30am to midnight
Tel: +952 900 450
Casinos Bistrot Restaurant was founded ten years ago by Belgium owner Guy Sirre, 45, who arrived in Marbella via a career straddling Michelin-starred restaurants in France, London and San Francisco. Tucked away down the old streets, Casanis Bistrot is a real find. Set in a typical Andalucian townhouse – based around an evocative patio – there is a very distinct ambience at work. It has a happy atmosphear and really pleasant and helpful wait staff add to this a wide selection of food on the menu and a good set of specials this restaurant won’t disappoint.
The ground floor comprises a nice dining area (inside and outside) but it also (especially for the winter) has an upper area a place to get away with a roaring fireplace and the ambience of a tropical jungle (!)
I found the food to be excellent. Casanis is famous for their Moules Marinieres and Beef Wellington. The menu can be described as bistro-style food made for market-fresh products and it comes with French/Belgian influences.
Some favorites on the menu were Vietnamese Nems (a type of spring roll) served with mint, coriander and nuoc-nam dipping sauce; spicy tuna tartar with a velouté of squash but we also loved the Red mullet (see above) and seared red tuna served with asparagus and potatoes; a ragout of fish with prawns, scallops, monkfish and a lobster bisque; lamb shank served with green beens, shallots and potatoes; and the popular guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras served with spinach and celeriac and potato mash
Current head chefs are Franco Francescini and Fabian Cangas. You can watch me ”do their thing”…since there is a TV screen outside the restaurant showing the hectic work in the kitchen (!)
If you get really interested….I found this 15min presentation video on youtube