Gold Medal Gastronomy

Jul 23, 2013 No Comments by

Tucked away in a private house over an art gallery in the Marbella’s beautiful Old Town, this little gem of a restaurant is a really exciting discovery. Located on the first floor above the Van Gastel gallery, and offering only twenty covers, this exclusive space offers creative Mediterranean cuisine as its best. The eponymous owner and chef Paco Jimenez has a CV as long as his apronstrings, with over forty years of experience in the kitchen industry and has worked in France, the USA and South America, bringing a touch of all these cuisines to his eclectic menu. His accolades are also impressive, he won a gold medal at the World Gastronomic meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and is a member of the Asociación Gastronomica de las Americas. A hugely welcoming establishment, the chef offers his diners real passion and belief in what he does with a constantly changing seasonal menu. There is an open fire for the Winter months and a private dining room for special events and parties. We were seated on the small but perfectly formed balcony overlooking the iconic Orange Square.

We started with a stunning snapper with saffron – a subtly flavoured dish with beautiful texture and taste. While saffron is usually a spice more known for the yellow colour it brings to its dishes, in actual fact its smoky aroma is the perfect companion to the more delicate white fishes such as snapper and sea bass. The seafood salad was next and such an Andalucian staple was lifted from the commonplace by the amazing level of presentation, which was omnipresent throughout all the dishes that Paco produced. The colours and detailed garnishes on all the dishes were visually exquisite, each dish another work of art similar to its canvas counterparts in the downstairs gallery.

For main course, we tried a beautiful portion of rack of lamb, accompanied by a tied parcel of vegetables and a sweet marmalade sauce with the name of this magazine lavishly signed across the dish in a statement of personalized attention. This served to highlight the true unique selling point of this restaurant; with only 20 covers, you can afford to dedicate a serious amount of detailed consideration to each of your dishes in way that is impossible in mass production, and this really shows at Paco Jimemez.

The other main course of Rosemary rabbit confit was produced with an equal level of visual devotion, with the confited meat turning out as  tender as the style of cooking suggests. We finished with a beautiful chocolate cake with fresh berries, a richly layered delight, not too dry and perfectly accompanied with fresh strawberries, raspberries and a light dusting of icing sugar. The icing on the cake for an intimate and truly stunning meal.

Paco Jimenez Arte Culinario

Plaza de los Naranjos 11
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 77 36 10 | 627 625 952 |

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