Serene Setting For Sumptuous Beachside Restaurant

Oct 11, 2013 No Comments by

The views from Le Papillon are sublime. Boasting a prime position, which offers a sweeping windswept vista of the sunset merging into the Mediterranean sea, this classy restaurant has the lot.

Recently refurbished with comfortable, chic furniture it is the perfect setting for lunch or dinner. The heated glass terrace also makes for a great winter dining venue; this really is a place for all seasons and an experience not to be missed.

The largely European, but Spanish tinged menu adds to the overall experience. Most dishes are served with a twist of creativity: delicious examples include the Warm Salad of Squid and Chorizo with a zingy Lime Dressing and the Sole with Prawns, Lemon and Basil Butter.

The new, dedicated bar area also offers its own resident gin specialist and the cocktail selection, as you might imagine, is marvellous: Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Mai Tai and – of course – sangría. Despite its upmarket ambience it is a beach bar after all and, even at a deluxe chiringuito such as this, some classics must be maintained.

One of the few places to have an interesting children’s menu, the 9.95 euro option includes a main course and dessert with choices such as Homemade Hamburgers or Spaghetti Napolitana. We arrived in time to watch the sunset which, combined with our specially created gin concoctions, kick-started our evening. The meal began with a delicately perfumed Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup with Coriander, followed by lightly battered Tempura of Prawns, offset beautifully by a pungent aioli dip. For mains we feasted on the signature dish of Roasted Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic, while the Lime and Chilli Monkfish Tail with Pea Guacamole was a revelation in intense flavour matching. Don’t wait for a cannon load of chilli but relish the restrained use of this spice. Make sure to leave room for dessert, because you really can’t leave without having tried the delicious puddings, which will surely give your meal the sweetest ending. We opted for the oh so naughty Eton Mess and Le Papillon brought the flavours of an English summer to our table with this clever twist on a traditional favourite. The sumptuous, indulgent, sticky mess of crunchy meringue, tart strawberries oozing their fragrant summery juices and rich cream was quintessentially a decadent treat.

The romanticism of the rippling waves, twinkling twilight and outstanding cuisine combine to make this beachside favourite a seamless dining experience.

Le Papillon Restaurant and Beach Club

Urb. Marbesa, Ctra. de Cádiz Km. 193
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 834 113 |

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