Charming Cuisine

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments by

Nestled at the rear of Centro Plaza, overlooking a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea, lies the elegant, Charme Café. Brainchild of husband and wife team Mehdi and Charlotte, Charme Café is a unique establishment where customer service and excellent food quality are the definitive. Mehdi comes from a strong hospitality background, having launched Magna Café and previously worked in the Red Pepper on the front line of Puerto Banus. The couple noticed a gap in the market and decided to open their first joint venture, creating a home from home, where guests could come and enjoy excellent quality food in relaxed surroundings.

We arrived at Charme Café on a late Wednesday afternoon to be welcomed by Mehdi and Charlotte themselves. One of my favourite attributes Charme Café offers is their all day kitchen, open from noon until late, you can choose to dine whatever time you like, abolishing the pressure of designated meal times and emphasising the tranquil ambiance. Before taking our seats on the terrace, we wandered inside; intrigued by the interior. Family pictures hung in the reception area and friendly smiles were presented by the staff. Quaint and homely, the restaurant was unassuming and humble, a welcome alternative to the hordes of ostentatious venues in the nearby Puerto Banus.

We settled down at our table just in time to receive our starters. First to arrive was foie gras on toast with red onion marmalade, traditional yet distinctive, smooth and tender, it was the perfect opening to our meal; the caramelized onions in particular emphasised a deliciously sweet flavour. A seaweed salad topped with grilled langoustines was the next delivery, a truly unique concept executed with exceptional presentation in a genuine sea shell. The entire menu has a Scandinavian influence, primarily due to Charlotte’s Danish heritage and Anders’, their head chef’s, Swedish origin; this has proved increasingly popular with the abundance of Scandinavians residing on the coast. We were also advised that Charme Café now offer outside catering so you can share their enchanting menu with your friends and guests in the comfort of your own home.

For our main dishes we were presented with sea bass from the a la carte menu, served with a fragrant curry sauce, vegetables and a mouthwatering potato gratin. As we dined, Mehdi spoke passionately about the importance of keeping the meat quality at the highest standard, he explained that a large portion of their regular clientele are ardent meat lovers and that retaining excellent quality is vital.

To conclude our delectable experience, we sampled the chocolate coulant with homemade vanilla ice cream and mango sauce. I could smell the delicious cocoa before it arrived at the table, an advantageous lead enabling me to have my spoon at the ready. I was however taken back by the phenomenal attention to detail on the plate and delicate decoration, it almost looked too good to eat…almost! The rich chocolate flavour was flawlessly accessorized by the cool and clean vanilla ice cream, whilst the mango sauce seamlessly accumulated all the tastes and aromas, a frightfully perfect conclusion to our ambrosial feast.

You can’t help but feel at ease at Charme Café, almost as if Mehdi and Charlotte have welcomed you into their home. It is apparent during our afternoon with them, how enthusiastic and fervent they are and how much of their heart and soul is present in every aspect of the food and service, to the décor and the name, which I eventually learnt came from the first syllables of their Christian names, a true epitome of this idyllic venue.

Charme Cafe

CC Plaza Av. Manolete (Next to the Bullring, Puerto Banus) Nueva Andalucia
ES-29660 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 906 313 | charmecafe.com

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