Joie de Vivre

Dec 01, 2011 No Comments by

J’adore La Parisienne. This quaint restaurant café brings a new dining concept to Marbella. Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and until 4pm on Saturdays, there are no time constraints on dishes, meaning you can enjoy a salad at 10am, or a pain au chocolat at 4pm. Due to the extensive range of cultures living in and around the area, proprietor Omaya Bellavoine, who also owns Cake Couture Marbella, thought it was important to open an all day dining bistro, with dishes to suit all.

Omaya wanted to bring a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the Marbella lifestyle through bistro cooking and creating the right ambiance. The restaurant café and bakery, situated in the ever-developing Centro Plaza in Nueva Andalucia, is a bright open space, with glass windowpanes surrounding the entirety of the exterior, allowing natural light to strobe in. The colour scheme chosen; hues of green, white and brown, is continued throughout, from the antique, white wooden furniture to the authentic Portuguese stoneware plates, napkins, place settings and mini foliage pots decorating your dining space, all encompassing the organic, art deco design.

Those of you who assume La Parisienne only offer pastries and cakes are mistaken, as the kitchen produces high quality nouvelle cuisine each day. From French tartines to traditional bistro dishes, along with dessert pastries and cakes, the influence from the South Provence pervades throughout. The vivacious team strives to bring healthy, and more importantly tasty food to the Mediterranean.

With access to natural, cyclic produce, all compotes, tapenades and jus are freshly made. The bread stacked at the rear of the restaurant is freshly baked each day, using authentic French flour and butter; all dishes prepared, served and shared with love. Au contraire, the effervescent jams, suspended proudly in the display case, are imported from the South of France by an artisan, who has been mixing jams for over 30 years. Also, the vibrant macaroons are created by Omaya and a supplier in Malaga, who chose La Parisienne personally to sell his cookies.

Our indulgent feast began with three taster dishes. Firstly, the traditional Salad Niçoise, complete with crunchy lettuce, flaky tuna, black olives, hard-boiled eggs, warm potatoes, red onion shavings and salty anchovies, drizzled with a pesto compote. The combination of the fresh leaves and pungent fish resulted in an explosion of flavour on your tongue, offset by the minty pesto and feathery potatoes.

Secondly, warm Quiche Lorraine, packed with bacon lardons, Gruyère cheese, crème fraîche and a hint of nutmeg. The earthy cheese matched with the subtle spice added a distinctive flavour without overpowering the characteristic meaty bacon slices and soured cream, and was accompanied by a simple seasonal salad.

The main dishes ensued, to begin a Boeuf Bourguignon, slowly braised in a red wine and beef broth, so that the meat and accompanying oozing potatoes and soft carrot pieces were silky and tender. The jus in which the stew was cooked permeated through the meat chunks, and lingered on the palate, long enough to sustain the flavour until the next bite.

Our subsequent dish was Duck Parmentier, shredded and topped with a blanket of creamy mashed potato. The diced bird flakes were both succulent and light; while the accompanying pomme de terre topper enclosed the flavours in a fluffy package of taste, erupting bite by bite.

Mon amie and I gorged on three desserts; an indulgent chocolate profiterole, the choux pastry parcel encasing the smoothest vanilla ice cream, garnished with a dizzying chocolate syrup. Secondly, ile flottantes (floating island) consisting of poached egg white suspended in a crème anglaise moat and drizzled with salty caramel sauce. Finally, La Parisienne’s café gourmand; a platter of mini classically French desserts, including a crème caramel shot, pot de crème with seasonal fruits, a colourful macaroon, French biscuit and meringue, and a centrally placed espresso.

La Parisienne has filled a niche that Marbella has been crying out for; not only does it serve delicious French cuisine, but it’s fresh ingredients cement it as the hot spot for 2012. C’est magnifique!

La Parisienne

Centro Plaza
ES-29660 Nueva Andalucia, Malagá

0034 951 279 056 |

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