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Five Stars Finca

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments by

Hotel Finca Cortesin is located in the lush countryside in-between Marbella and Sotogrande. Overlooking the warm Mediterranean Sea, where nature gradually vanishes into the deep blue, this private community presents a sanctuary of haven. Offering a rich and varied tradition of outstanding food, art and hospitality, Finca Cortesin awaits. Situated on an estate of 2,147,600 square-meters, this oasis of serenity has everything your heart desires, from well-manicured golf fairways, exclusive private villas, an indulgent spa and a centrally focused hotel.

The hotel is decorated in a traditional and antique style, with high ceilings and a historic ambiance, even though the building is only three years old. The tiles adorning the halls and walkways are imported from Portugal from the 18th Century, but that’s not to say the style is aged and tattered; the opposite infact, rooms and communal areas are the perfect fusion of modern and vintage.

There are five restaurants to choose from, including the newly launched beach club (currently closed for the winter months), Clubhouse, part of the golf course, classic Italian dishes in Don Giovanni, Schilo, Finca’s Asian fusion gastronomico, and El Jardin, a synthesis of International and Spanish cuisine, and the setting of our dining experience.

To begin our voracious feast; pumpkin ‘salmorejo’, topped with plump sardines. The squash element in the dish was a refreshing alternative to the archetypal Andalucían dish, in which tomato is used. The smooth but rich consistency of the pumpkin purée blended with the acidity of the pilchards perfectly, along with the crunch fish stick, decorated with mini shrimp shells.

Secondly, warm sea bass carpaccio, caught locally, and drizzled with a tangy reduction. The luscious texture of the wild lubina combined with the wheat semolina, was light and airy.

Another fish course ensued; John Dory wrapped in potato with ‘Mojo Picon’. The crispy potato rosti encasing shell ensured the moisture from the perfectly cooked flaky fish was sustained. The smooth red pepper pulp was zingy and contrasted with the light potato parcel.

Now onto the meat dish, beef medallion ‘Villagodio’, resting on a layer of delicate foie gras, garnished with a wafer slice of Iberian ham. The combination of the filet with the pate is absolutely flawless, while the accessories of tempura carrot and broccoli calmed the dense textures and flavours.

Two delicate desserts followed, the first was an apple trilogy; lightly poached squares, a smooth sorbet and a piquant coulis, sprinkled with a cinnamon crush. Nestled between the fruit tiers was a slender slice of gooey goat cheese. Normally a pair suited dressing a salad, the apple and cheese combination was impeccable. ‘El Jardin’ custard marked the completion of our gastronomic voyage, dusted with coffee and adorned with a foam crown.

Whispering plans of when our next visit is going to be, we left with bellies full of delicious cuisine and heads full of dreams.

El Jardin at Finca Cortesin


Carretera de Casares s/n,
ES-Casares Casares, Malagá

0034 952 937 800 | www.fincacortesin.com

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