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One of the best views on the coast

Sep 01, 2011 No Comments by

In the heart of Puerto Banús, this luxurious restaurant and lounge dance bar offers breathtaking panoramic views of the port, superb cuisine and an ambience like no other. A vanguard concept of the Mediterranean kitchen, El Gran Gatsby proposes a dining experience with a difference. The exclusivity of the location is key; what’s not to like about the striking blue sky, luscious palm trees and opulent boats bobbing in the Med?

Elegantly designed, this family owned restaurant was an instant hit as soon as it opened its doors in June. Puerto Banús has everything one could ever dream of (except a Chanel boutique!) and the family wanted to use the view of the deluxe boats as inspiration for their new project. They also own the established Magna Café in Nueva Andalucía, and used their experience to create something different; a unique restaurant with the wow factor that all residents of Marbella and visiting tourists were pining for.

The décor of El Gran Gatsby is neutral and calming. Soft hues of creams and whites beautifully complement the opulence of the location, along with the backdrop of a remarkably brilliant sky and luscious sea. Modern and stylish in design, the fantastic views of the marina continue to the outdoor terrace, which transforms from a dining area into a lounge dance bar, offering you a relaxing environment or a fantastic party venue to enjoy drinks and light snacks. It is the perfect location to start off the night, and being in the heart of the port, you are never far from your next destination.

The attentive staff were always on hand to refill our drinks or divulge information on the dishes we were going to be sampling. All the fish used in the creative menu is sourced from only the best local suppliers in Barbate and Cadiz. The succulent meats from northern Spain are the finest there are; ensuring you tender mouthfuls, bite after bite.

Despite being a restaurant of great luxury, the dishes in El Gran Gatsby are extremely well priced. For a dinner date, you need only spend around €80, and for a family of four €150. No matter if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a romantic dinner for two, or to hire the restaurant and/or terrace for a private celebration with family and friends, it won’t break the bank.

Our first starter was a lobster diced vegetable salad, which was wonderfully creamy and balanced to perfection. This was followed by one of the signature dishes: a foie gras puff pastry tart, delicately rich and decorated with caramelised apples and other contrasting flavours. The dissimilarity between the luxuriant paté, the crunchy pastry and the sweetness of the fruit created a juxtaposition of flavours and textures in your mouth, and only heightened our anticipation for what was to come.

For our mains, we had one meat and one fish dish, which were both charcoal grilled on oak shavings – this method enhances the natural flavours in the cuisine and needs no other spices or seasoning adding. The monkfish with lobster “suquet” stew was faultless, the juicy sauce is a Catalan recipe and complemented the flawlessly cooked fish. The succulent Tournedos Rossini, a particular favourite in traditional French kitchens and sourced from Asturias in northern Spain, was sensationally cooked. The foie gras adorning the filet mignon was beautifully rich and decadent.

Rounding off this perfect meal, we were served Rum French toast, oozing with pineapple and decorated with pistachios and a caramel ice cream. Lastly, the “Gran Gatsby” gin and tonic ice-cream, another of the signature dishes, was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. The boozy but refreshing dessert was, topped with a barely-there whipped meringue and sprinkled with “peta zeta”, a form of Spanish exploding sherbet, which danced on your tongue. This is definitively a dish that needs to be experienced

This avant-garde restaurant and lounge dance bar is beautifully tranquil and allows you to remove yourself from the hectic tourist bubble below. El Gran Gatsby has it all; dinner, drinks and a spectacular view – one that rivals any other here on the Costa del Sol.

El Gran Gatsby


Muelle de Honor S/N, Club del Mar, Puerto Banus
ES-29660 Marbella, Malagá

0034 951 778 797 | www.elgrangatsby.com

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