Open for a little over two years, the Dora Maar restaurant that is within the Paloma Blanca Boutique Hotel came to my attention, only I could not find any reference to it on TripAdvisor! Never the less we resolved to explore this eatery, and as they have a traditional Sunday lunch menu, this would become the test piece for my review. Tucked in to the hotel’s south corner is a nicely furnished dining room with 50 covers, well spaced tables, comfortable chairs, a bar/servery along one side and the ‘open to view’ kitchen at one end. But with the gloriously sunny day the 50 seater covered terrace was the place to eat. Adjacent to this is a solar heated ‘Salt water’ pool and a further bar area that is surrounded by all the rooms of the hotel, which ‘IS’ listed on TripAdvisor!

From a set menu that has a choice of four starters, four mains and a pair of

                 OPEN KITCHEN AT DORA MAAR.
                            Photo: Morris Bishop

desserts we picked the Bloody Mary Prawn Cocktail of Prawns with shredded Lettuce, Pineapple cubes, and Marie Rose sauce to start, followed by the traditional Beef dish, Yorkshire Pud, Roast Potatoes, and Veg. However, with my intolerance to anything cooked in olive Oil, Chef Neil prepared a steak in lieu of the slow Roast Ribeye Beef on which the oil had been used. We had both the desserts on offer. The whole meal was so generous in size that neither of us could finish the mains. The flavours and textures were testament to the prowess of the chef, and the interesting starter is one I am going to copy!
Of the three waitresses that dealt with a full house without fuss or bother, Macarena seemed to be in charge, though, In her words, they are a team, and a very good team at that. Very pleasant live entertainment that was not intrusive rounded the afternoon off. We are resolved to return for an evening meal.

Point of interest: The restaurant’s name is that of an artist and Photographer that spent a considerable part of her life with Pablo Picasso, and who In later life became a recluse, and it was only after her death that a large body of her unseen work was discovered.

The hotel is about one Km. down Calle Pablo Picasso, which is in Urb. Cortijo Blanco, at the eastern end of San Pedro de Alcantara, just off the slip road that leads to Marbella on the N340 at the junction with the Rhonda Road. The hotel has its own private car park opposite. Sunday lunch menu €25. Average three course meal with wine €38. They open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Reservations recommended particularly in high season.

Tel:     951 562 111                        
Bishlin Guide marks out of 5          Ambience:4.5        Food:4.5             Menu:5           Service:5       Value:5