Smallworld Just Got Bigger

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments by

Smallworld Café, that ever popular meeting point on the Istán road, will be able to welcome even more diners from now on. The management recently announced that it had listened to the demands of customers and is offering the café’s famous dishes from 9:30 to midnight every day. This is likely to win Smallworld Café even more enthusiasts, not that this very successful venue needs any more recommendations.

To coincide with the longer opening hours, the menu has been revamped to include some new dishes, all of which reflect the SmallWorld philosophy of fresh, healthy ingredients, imaginatively prepared and artistically served.

The menu’s scope is impressive in itself: even the children’s section, which in so many restaurants is the place where chicken nuggets, fish fingers and bangers and mash go to die, offers some truly imaginative alternatives which, for a surcharge, the adults can also enjoy. Having selected a table outside to make the most of the weather, we took our time while making our selections. In the end we settled on the Chicken Satay Skewers, served with a Mixed Green Salad; the chicken was perfectly cooked and the fresh salad was just what we needed on a baking hot Marbella day. The other starter was the memorable Grilled Tiger Prawns which were served with a Pomegranate, Mango and Pink Grapefruit Salad. Over the years I have heard many Marbella residents complaining that the heat caused their appetites to shrink and this was a brilliant answer to that problem. These cool, fresh flavours for med the perfect antidote to the high temperature and were so delicious that even the most jaded palate could not possibly resist them.

We chose contrasting main courses: the Nicoise Salad with Seared Red Tuna, Mixed Leaves, Green Beans, Boiled New Potatoes, Black Olives and Boiled Egg, doused with a Lemon and Mustard Dressing and Chives allowed us a lighter alternative to our primary choices. We can thoroughly recommend the 2 Mini Beef Burgers, one served with Smoked Mozzarella, Red Onion, Tomato, Pickles and Mayo and the other with Spicy Tomato Chutney and Mixed Leaves.

We also ordered the Spaghetti Frutti di Mare with Tiger Prawns, New Zealand Mussels, Grilled Squid, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, White Wine, Chilli and Fresh Parsley. We were impressed that a gluten-free pasta alternative was available for diners with food intolerances. This was a culinary delight, the flavours combining beautifully and adding a very Spanish twist to an Italian classic and it would have been a sin to leave even a mouthful.

Finally,  we opted for the Zesty Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Sorbet. This was utterly delicious, the pastry melting in the mouth and the lime filling just tart enough to refresh our slightly overloaded tastebuds. The Dame Blanche (three scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Chocolate Fudge and Crumbled Brownies) was more robust, but with a lot of willpower and determination we managed to do it justice.

The fact that SmallWorld Café will be open almost 12 hours a day from now on can only be a good thing for the people of Marbella. This family-friendly, yet sophisticated restaurant is a great place to be whether you are a lady who likes to lunch in style with friends, a couple of colleagues enjoying a snack after work or a night owl who wants to refuel before hitting the clubs.

It might be the SmallWorld, but this café delivers some big flavours. Impressed? You bet we are.

SmallWorld Café

CC Le Village Ctra. Istán Km.1 Marbella
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 771 046 |

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