Paco Jimenez has been making a name for himself since setting up his elegant yet intimate restaurant in the corner of Orange Square on the first floor by the old museum. Classically Spanish trained his menu reflects his heritage but with a modern twist. A plate of top quality Jamón Ibérico Guijuelo sits side by side with the House Foie Gras and a fresh Prawn Cocktail. Fish is one of Paco’s specialities so don’t miss the Turbot with Seafood or the Mini Canelones with Monk Fish and Squid in its own Ink. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed either. Top quality meat makes the Fillet Steak ‘Rossini’ worth trying as is the Medallions of Fillet Steak Stuffed with Basil and Cheese. Finish with the Cheesecake or the Tart Tatin. Only open in the evenings: Closed on Mondays.
Nueva Andalucia, Marbella
Stephane Bruylant (ex Chef at Ocean Club) has teamed up with his son Christopher and together they are planning to put this eatery on the map. Maumm calls itself a bistro, even though they may say that, I think it ranks as a quality restaurant. It is not inexpensive, with a three course meal for two, at the top end, including wine, you won’t get much change out of 75€ a head although of course you can eat for less. There again, the only expensive meal, is a bad one! The menu reflects Stephane’s years of experience internationally combining some classic dishes from his Belgian/French upbringing with a nod to Asian fusion: Retro with a twist could sum it up.
Maumm, Nueva Andalucia, is open daily from 1300 h to 23.00 h except Sundays.