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Small World. Big Impact.

Nov 28, 2011 No Comments by

Prepare to be impressed by, well, everything! Small World Café offers everything from scrumptious cocktails, whether muddled, shaken or stirred, to a range of specially selected wines and a mouth watering menu. With dishes to please every palette at ridiculously reasonable prices Small World Café is not one to be ignored.

The website describes the interior as ‘an unpretentious, industrial-chic deco with a nostalgic New York loft vibe’ and honestly I couldn’t have put it better myself.  The beautifully unique, original artwork by G.Vega that hangs on every wall made for an inspiring ambiance and set the scene for a laid back evening filled with exceptional food and drink.

Small World’s varied menu is designed around seasonally available local produce, an idea that seems to be proving popular as it was busier than I would have expected for a Thursday night in mid-August. This is not just down to high quality food but also down to serious value for money. The new summer menu featured plenty of fresh squid, mango and lime to name but a few whilst the daily specials menu included a ‘drink of the day’ which in this instance was a delicious ‘Fresh Mint Iced Tea’.

We decided to share five starters including both of the day’s specials; and accompanied them with a wine named ‘Chocolate Block’ which was recommended to us to try. A recommendation that was greatly appreciated, as despite not being a great lover of red wine myself, I found the Chocolate Block to be smooth and moreish, a delightful combination.

For our starters, from the menu there were the juicy ‘Skewers of Honey and Chilli Marinated Tiger Prawns’ which were bursting with flavour. The homemade ‘Hummus and Guacamole with Curried Tortilla Chips’ left me wanting more after they landed at the other end of the table, but the ‘Marinated Barbeque Chicken Wings’ served with ‘Dips of Blue Cheese, Sweet Spicy Chilli and Louisiana Hot Sauce’ were good enough to put up a fight for.

The first of our specials was an impossibly light ‘Quiche of Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola and Toasted Pine Nuts’ which was beautifully complimented by a little green salad with an ‘Apple and Balsamic Reduction’. Last but not least, an inspired combination of flavours in the form of the ‘Salad of Smoked Salmon, Steamed Asparagus, Avocado, Rocket, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Cashew Nuts, Sour Cream with a Lemon and Mustard Dressing’ finished off our selection of starters.

After another glass or two of Chocolate Block, Our main courses were brought to the table and when the ‘Seared Tuna Steak Marinated in Wasabi and Soy Sauce’ was placed across from me my eyes turned green with envy; it looked delicious. Fortunately my ‘Grilled Argentinean Beef Fillet with Melted Tarragon Butter, Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Baked Baby New Potatoes and a Rocket and Parmesan Salad’ was next.

As a huge steak fan – when my boyfriend asked if I would choose steak over him I lingered for perhaps a little too long – you can imagine my delight when I saw that the plate in front of me held not one but two perfectly cooked fillets of the finest Argentinean beef. The meat was out of this world and the accompaniments were cooked to perfection and complimented the steak brilliantly. By this point I was beginning to wonder why anyone would serve portions this generous for the scandalously low price of €18.50, but the answer is, of course, that as only produce delivered the same day can be used. The owners would rather serve you generous portions than have fresh food go to waste.

Next was a vegetarian dish good enough to tempt any carnivore, the ‘Roasted Cajun Pumpkin Tower with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese, Sautéed Spinach, Poached Egg, Balsamic Glacé, Basil Pesto and Truffle Oil’ which was a steal at just €12.50. The mains of the day featured ‘Crispy Skin Sea Bass Served with Polenta Chips’ and ‘Grilled Argentinean Rib Eye Topped with Caper Butter and served with Pan-Fried Taleggio Cheese, Chunky Chips, Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach’, both insanely priced at just €13 and €13.50.

Feeling full but tempted by the dessert menu placed in front of us, we ordered one dessert to share, the homemade ‘Brownie with Hot Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla Ice Cream’. There could have been no better way to round off the meal; the brownie was warm and oozy, draped in velvety sauce and accompanied by a rich vanilla ice cream – I barely contained the urge to scoff it all myself!

So after having to unbutton my skirt, I strolled out of Small World Café feeling extremely satisfied. I cannot think of a single complaint, the food, drink, service and company were all exceptional and I guarantee you will feel the same after your first visit. Personally, I couldn’t stay away! My second visit for drinks with the girls two days later was, of course, just as good and while I persuaded the lovely bar man to cut me just a slither of Carrot Cake I could have happily devoured the whole thing!

Small World


CC Le Village, Ctra. de Istan, Km1
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 771 046 | www.smallworldcafe.com

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