A Family Affair

Jan 03, 2012 No Comments by

Restaurante El Caserio was opened November 2010 by Miguel Sanchez and his family, who previously ran the famous Venta El Caserio for 18 years. ‘Perfect’ I thought to myself, ‘The restaurant will be exactly the same. A traditional venta interior, all terracotta tiled floors, and the usual venta selections of dishes, I’ll be finished in ten minutes,’ (I was running late for another meeting!)

However, when I pulled up outside Restaurante El Caserio, I realised I would be reviewing anything but. Looking through the restaurant’s large windows, I glimpsed at a stylish gold and black interior and glistening chandeliers. Venturing inside, the décor was as chic as in any big city eatery. An attractive and well-stocked bar, large and airy dining areas and Golden Age style paintings adorned the walls. The tables themselves were beautifully laid out by the black clad multilingual staff, one of whom spoke excellent English. El Caserios is a family run affair, the welcome is warm and genuine, and I was soon having the menu explained to me by Juan Carlos’ wife Dominga, while son Juan Carlos fixed the drinks.

Head chef Alberto Lopez Garcia prepared a warm salad of quail cutlets and king prawns as a starter, followed by oxtail in crispy filo pastry and rosemary sauce. Both were aesthetically pleasing and had the depth of flavour to match. As I was running late, I scanned the dessert menu (I would have chosen the crepes with apples and raisins) and the wine list was dotted with several promising Riojas and Ribera del Dueros.

Although Restaurtante El Carerio may look like a city bistro, it doesn’t have big city prices; none of the main courses exceed €20. Located between Cancelada and Selwo, this is a brilliant find, and I’ll be back to give it the time it deserves soon.

Restaurante El Caserio

Urb. Parque Antena, Km 169
ES-29680 Estepona, Malagá

0034 952 800 803 |

About the reviewer, Giles Brown

Based in Marbella since the mid 80s, Giles has been involved in all forms of the media for over 20 years, and as a magazine editor for national business and lifestyle publications his work has appeared in The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and City Player Magazine. With an unrivalled reputation as a professional lunch guest, Giles is an inevitable fixture on Marbella's social scene...
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