A sprinkling of Swedish charm

Nov 02, 2011 No Comments by

Located in the Cristamar Centre, Salt and Pepper Café Bar is a healthy eating concept at the Southern end of Puerto Banus. Open Monday to Saturday from 8.15am until 10pm, it is the perfect eatery for all day dining, with an array of breakfasts (cooked and uncooked), wraps, sandwiches and salads. Salt and Pepper offer all dishes as takeaway, and also deliver in the Puerto Banus, Nueva Andalucia and Nagueles regions.

There is the option of indoor dining, or enjoying the sunshine on the lush terrace. Surrounded by nature and with fresh, delicious food on hand, you are transported away from the typical hustle and bustle of Puerto Banus to your personal haven of tranquility and calm.

Salt and Pepper’s philosophy surrounds the Swedish culture of fresh food. The husband and wife team behind Salt and Pepper Café Bar Tina and Wissal, are Swedish and Moroccan respectively, and have an abundance of experience working in the hospitality industry between them.

They identified a gap in the market in Puerto Banus. Southern Spain has access to such beautiful produce, and Tina wanted to bring a slice of her homeland to Marbella. There is a Swedish touch permeating through the entire menu, whether in the fresh salads or traditional herbs used.

A telltale sign of a restaurant serving up fresh cuisine is the colour of the ingredients themselves. All dishes were awash with reds, greens and yellows, all vibrant, revealing into the high quality of the produce. The ingredients are all sourced from local businesses in Marbella & San Pedro, bought fresh, prepared and used the same day.

We dined on a vast selection of Salt and Pepper’s classic dishes. Firstly the Light Wrap, bursting with succulent chicken, smooth cream cheese, crunchy peppers, red onion and tomatoes, fresh spinach and delicate avocado slices. To enhance the palate of crisp flavours, a zesty chilli jam encased the elements, providing a rupture of spice; a perfect contrast to the subtle components in the light ingredients. It was clear to see from our first order that the portion sizes are extremely generous, and the prices, truly reasonable.

Secondly, The Fisherman salad, complete with clean flavours including cucumber and peppers, sliced tomatoes, smooth avocado and egg, complete with a tower of Swedish shrimp and topped with shaved red onion, accompanied with a tangy herb dressing.

No café bar is complete without the classic Club sandwich. The bread was lightly toasted to avoid becoming soggy from the tomato and cucumber inside, and was jammed with tender chicken pieces, airy cheese, crunchy bacon, rich mayonnaise and egg.  All flavours married together perfectly in this stack of goodness.

Next came Skagen toast – one of the most traditional combinations you will find. Consisting of Swedish shrimp and a Skagen mix, lemon, dill and mayonnaise, resulting in a zingy chutney that combines perfectly with the crustaceans.

Lastly was the Salt and Pepper Cheeseburger. Thankfully these were mini in size as we were ready to burst after our refreshing feast. The burgers made from Moroccan kefta meat, a variation of minced meat fused with spices, and was accompanied with a portion of chips.

To conclude our stimulating banquet, we were served a decadent chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, slowly succumbing to the heat from the oozing coco slice. Secondly a moist carrot cake, percolating with a rich cream layer.

Salt and Pepper is exactly what Marbella is missing, somewhere to enjoy a quick snack or feast on a banquet; and the fresh ingredients make the dishes what they are; tasty and bursting with flavour.

Salt and Pepper Cafe Bar

C.C. Cristamar, Puerto Banus
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 678 127 359 / 600 798 986 |

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