Quaint eatery, incredible cuisine

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments by

The stunning beauty and elegance of La Casita is what instantly blows you away as you first set eyes on this perfectly presented restaurant. Nestled in the foothills of the quaint village of La Heredia, it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella and Puerto Banus, easily mistaken for a boutique eatery in the South of France. Its picturesque location sets it apart from the rest. Don’t be fooled by the steep drive up to La Casita; what seems like a world away from the beach is in fact only ten minute drive down to the coast. But the ambiance of the restaurant removes you from your everyday troubles and encourages you to relax.

The cuisine served in La Casita is a mix of modern classic dishes and hearty, feel-good food, making the restaurant a welcome change to the array of traditional Italian, Oriental and Spanish restaurants we have on offer elsewhere on the coast.

After opening the kitchens of Aretusa, Caruso and Liquid Lounge here on the coast, followed by the running of a commercial restaurant group, owner Lawrence Otterburn felt inspired to open La Casita. This natural progression of owning his own restaurant and his past experience means that his passion and drive for excellence is paramount. He has actually been cooking and working in kitchens since he was 14 years old! It’s safe to say that the restaurant industry is flowing through his blood; if you ever have the pleasure of meeting him and his wife Sasha (they’re both very hands on with the restaurant so you are bound to sooner or later), this is clearly evident.

Lawrence’s initial passion to open La Casita was to add character to the village of La Heredia. It’s such a beautiful community but was fairly unknown to many locals in the Marbella area, until now. We dined on a Sunday night, our table was booked for 8pm, and within 30 minutes of being seated, the majority of tables were filled, so booking ahead is recommended.

La Casita offer a wealth of dining options, from the main restaurant, to the beautiful natural terrace or the private dining area, which has the ability to be shut off the rest of the restaurant (and the world), and is perfect for hiring for birthdays and celebrations.

Another welcome factor that struck my fellow diners and I was the fantastic value for money that La Casita offers. The restaurant and kitchen are spotless, the staff are inviting and couldn’t have been more helpful and the dishes are elegantly presented and fantastically priced.

We were greeted pleasantly by the waiting staff, who served us our menus and a green olive tapenade with crusty bread to share. As we browsed the menu and the specials of the day, it became instantly apparent that this was going to be one restaurant review that we were going to thoroughly enjoy.

Due to the vast selection of starters on the menu, we dined on three dishes chosen for us. Firstly a Mixed Dim Sum, which consisted of cod and prawn gyozas, crisp pork belly and roast pumpkin gow gee and can be served up for one or two diners, depending if you want to share or not. Next was green asparagus served with lobster hollandaise sauce and accompanied by poached quail eggs, brioche croutons and dill caviar (the all round favourite).  Finally, the La Casita home cured duck breast served with manchego cheese, peanut brittle and a chupito of beetroot gazpacho. Being cured in-house only adds to the ‘home grown’ and personal feel.

Three mains were chosen next; two fish dishes and one meat. The traditional ‘fish and chips’ dish had an interesting twist, with a salt and vinegar dip (perfect for the chunky chips) and the minted mushy peas were presented in a novelty tin can. Secondly an oriental inspired dish; char grilled white tuna, rocket and roast pepper maki with an accompanying nam jim dip. This was delightfully light and so delicious. Finally the crisp boneless suckling pig simply fell apart, succulent and served with a swiss chard and bacon parcel with potato and black pudding dumplings. The rustic wholesome meat dish was perfectly balanced by the slight bitterness of the beet bundle.

To complete what was turning into a thoroughly impressive gastronomic encounter, we chose a raspberry and pistachio tart, beautifully fresh and fruity. The air-dried strawberry and elderflower cheesecake was an eclectic mix of subtle flavours and the perfect balance of textures. Our final choice from the desert menu was their latest addition; a decadent iced golden chocolate bonbon, which really rounded the meal off with its rich and plentiful dark chocolate sauce.

Nowhere has the saying and tagline for La Casita ‘mi casa es tu casa’ been more apt; as you really do feel like you’re at a home from home, with the addition of exceptionally cooked food!

La Casita

Ctra de Ronda, Km43, La Heredia
ES-29679 Benahavis, Malagá

0034 952 788 033 |

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