This little restaurant is definitely what you’d call a hidden gem, tucked away right in the centre of Marbella’s Old Town on the second floor overlooking the Plaza de Naranjos. Due to its size and its reputation for quality of food and lovely service, it can be hard to get a table, so early bookings are a must.
This is a family run, traditional Spanish restaurant, with the owner and head chef Paco cooking alongside his son and small team, while wife Nancy runs front of house. They offer a very warm welcome and exceptional service, which is both attentive and relaxed at the same time.
There is a small menu of Spanish classics with interesting twists, prepared with care and beautifully presented. The TripAdvisor reviews are exceptional, with diners praising every dish and saying that whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed. However, particular favourites seem to be the thinly sliced Jamon Iberico and the Foie Gras to start, the grilled selection of fish and shellfish and the crab filled “tulips” of pastry from the fish selection, and the rack of lamb from the meat selection. It’s nice to see a small menu of well thought out, simple food, with great ingredients and a clear theme.
The location is hard to beat, right in the centre of the Old Town, in a 500 year old home. There is a cozy, traditional dining area, with art on the walls and beautiful old chairs, wooden beams and metal chandeliers. In the winter months, there is an open fire and the candles so it’s really warm and cozy. The place is full of unusual objects, photos and momentos from the family’s past which makes it unique and entering the restaurant is like being welcomed into someone’s home and taken back in time.
Insider tip – If you want a romantic meal that will really impress your significant other, book one of the two tables on the tiny terrace overlooking the beautiful and bustling Orange Square, it’s a very special experience.