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Polynesian Paradise

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments by

When considering how best to rate restaurants on the Costa del Sol, I often grade them in terms of where I would take visiting friends and family. Tikitano is a sure winner in this category on many different levels. There simply is no better restaurant on the Coast in terms of location. Its elevated position on its own private beach nestled between San Pedro and Estepona ensures stunning views across the straits of Gibraltar and to African beyond. These views are marvelously uninterrupted and different from its Marbella counterparts with no high buildings or obstructive hotels; one could sit all evening drinking it in.

Architecturally Tikitano is also unique – with its Polynesian thatched pagoda, the main building is remarkable, with a year-round terrace that is extremely popular in the summer months and comfortably glassed in during the cooler winter months. There is a private tropical garden to one side which lends itself perfectly to private gatherings and weddings, and can be hired out exclusively for those purposes. The restaurant is particularly well knows as a destination for live music with a constantly changing rota of acts. The middle of the building serves as a dance floor with a high ceiling draped with fairy lights and plenty of   place to dance the night away.

Our group spent a highly enjoyable summer evening being looked after by the fantastic Scarlett Smits, probably the most professional and helpful restaurant manager on the Coast. As we sipped our rose wine and watched the sun set behind the Atlas  mountains, we perused the menu – a crowd-pleasing mix of Iberian and Modern European dishes with a few Asian touches. I am always encouraged by menus that don’t overstretch themselves, and stick to good seasonal ingredients properly presented and carefully produced and this is exactly what Tikitano delivers.

We decided to test the tricolore salad, which was a real winner. Presented with height and a well-des  igned, the dish was raised from the flat monotonous triumvirate of ingredients to a visually exciting tower of contrasting textures and well-seasoned ingredients. Served with a lovely pesto vinaigrette, this was a really tasty and  refreshing way to begin our meal. We also tried the assortment of starters, a sociable and appealing option. The dish consisted of crab rolls, Spanish Iberian ham croquettes, bread crumbed mushrooms and deep fried aubergine sticks, accompanied with four sauces. The dish was quite reflective of the menu as whole, keeping everyone happy with its combination of Anglo-Spanish flavours and an Oriental touch.

The selection of main courses is genuinely hard to choose from, but we decided to opt for the papillote of turbot with Iberian ham jus and sauted shallots. Presented at our table in a freshly-baked foil parcel, the fish was cooked to perfection in its own steam which had preserved its natural moisture perfectly. With such a fish that is prized for its delicate flavour, this dish was a credit to the chef by harnessing the flavor without undermining the turbot by drying it out or overpowering it with heavy sauces.

We finished our meal with a delicious orange and chocolate crepe, another classic choice that was well presented and carefully created. The crepe was soft and not too thick with a subtle citrus kick, and the chocolate sauce was creamy and perfectly sweet. This was a beautiful finish to a wholly satisfying meal, in a breathtaking location with friendly and welcoming staff. What more could you wish for?

Tikitano Beach restaurant & lunch


Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – Km. 164 Estepona
ES-29690 Estepona, Malaga

00 34 952 79 84 49 | info@tikitano.com

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