Speaking to friends of ours about how disappointed I had been for the last three times, that I had ordered a steak, they mentioned an unpretentious restaurant on the Golden Mile in Marbella that he ‘guaranteed’ I would be pleased with.
Some days later we ring Cabana Nagueles at 11:00 only to find that they are completely booked up for lunch – but if we would come along at 13:00h they would find us a table, negotiating this to a more acceptable 13:30 we arrive at an already busy dining room and are greeted by the ‘hands-on’ owner Andrea. The dining room is akin to a Bistro with a gorgeous aroma coming from the Bar-B-Q that is by the entrance with a bar further down, seating 24 and a further 25 on the covered terrace. The ‘in keeping’ chunky table and simple place setting, and a ceiling that makes you think that you are in a wood and thatched chirinquito, it is a charming place to relax and eat in.
Working backwards from the manageable main menu we chose a Smoked Salmon and Onion filled Ravioli and a medium rare Fillet Steak with salad and baked potato. To be preceded by starters of Black Pudding and Grilled Sweetbreads. It is so rare to find anywhere that serves these delicacies that it was a must for me, and they were delicious. The ‘very different’ Black Puddings (that we later found out were made from Beef and Onions rather than the normal Pork and cereal), my wife proclaimed them the very best she had ever eaten! The mains were equally as impressive, the accompanying delicious sauce was beautifully paired to the Ravioli, and my steak made me believe that a carnivore’s heaven does still exist.
All the staff with whom we came into contact, exhumed passion about their eatery and were very helpful. Chef Alejandro and
his team (from my limited experience) only serve ‘perfection’, and this, together with the excellent value is the secret of their success.
Needles to say, we will return – SOON
Cabana Nagueles can be found on the N340 that, from the centre of Marbella, is 100m after the roundabout to Nagueles after the petrol station, and is opposite Da Bruno’s: Parking in the service road outside. They open for lunch and dinner six days a week, with Sunday being their day of rest. Average price for a three course meal with wine is €35. Ask them about their specials of the day. No Menu del Día. Booking absolutely essential.
Bishlin Guide marks out of 5 Ambience:4 Food:5 Menu:4.5 Service:5 Value:5