Suite Sensations

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments by

Suite del Mar is one of Marbella’s classic summer dining experiences, fabulously situated on the water’s edge at the iconic Puente Romano hotel.

Offering cocktails at the beach bar, an Asian-Mediterranean fusion menu and the excellent cabana-style nightclub, this venue is a dynamite  ombination. The inauguration party at the end of June each year heralds the opening of the coast’s summer social calendar, and the great and the good gather to enjoy an evening spectacle of fire eaters, entertainers, fireworks and some of the best DJ’s in Europe. Part chillout lounge, part stylish chiringuito, the outside restaurant offers a multifaceted experience: daytime and evening sunbathing with food and drink service direct to the large white sunbeds, Sheesha pipes in the small Moroccan lounge area, or a diverse menu under fairy-lit sun umbrellas. Atmosphere is paramount here, and we arrived just as the sun was setting and enjoyed a glass of chilled rose at the bar while taking in unparalleled views of the La Concha mountain and the lights of  the coast stretched before us. We were soon seated by the wonderful Rafa, Suite del Mar’s long serving and ever-smiling maître d’.

The challenge for any venue as renowned  as this one is to provide a standard of food that keeps up with its eminent reputation. The menu is  ong and varied, combining Mediterranean surf and turf and Andalucian classics with Middle- Eastern influences and a selection of sushi. Gastronomic globe-trotting such as this can be the downfall of many a menu, but Suite manages to honour all cuisines with flair and quality.

We decided to try a selection and started with a focus on seafood, as recommended to us by the ever-attentive Rafa. We started with a Tower of Lobster and Crab with tropical fruit and lime juice – apparently a speciality of the house. For a fresh summer dish, it was the perfect choiceand a real palate freshener, fusing light citric bite with the richness of the seafood and a subtle fruit sweetness. Visually it was impressive too, using height and colour to lift it out of the ordinary. The Tuna Tartare with guacamole and wonton cracker for me was a test of the chef´s true ability. Such a ubiquitous seasonal dish needed to have something special and this did not disappoint, the quality of the fish was excellent and perfectly seasoned so as not to detract from the exquisite taste of the tuna.

So often overly spiced or covered in ginger or other Oriental flavours, I found the softness of the guacamole and the crunch of the wonton to be  ust enough to complement rather than overpower the fish. Vegetarians are well catered for and we decided to try a simple alliterative salad of artichoke, asparagus and avocado. Again not as simple as it sounds, the texture of each vegetable is key and the combination of rigidity, softness and dressing was a wholly successful alliance. Moving onto mains, we were again encouraged to opt for some seafood specialities, beautifully accompanied by a subtle rose Muga. Some stunningly presented giant Spider Crab claws were paraded in front of us and then thankfully taken away to be prepared and de-shelled. This was seafood at its best, simple and uncomplicated for those who enjoy its pure rich decadence, and unaccompanied by any distracting side dishes. At this stage Rafa stepped in and cleverly realized we would benefit from a perfectly cooked steak and rushed off to ask the kitchen to bring out their best. The beef fillet that materialized five minutes later was stunning and the highlight of the meal for me. The Galician meat, which is the best Spain has to offer, was cooked to perfection, literally melting in the mouth and cooked on an open grill to bring in real summer flavour. This dish is a must for anyone who knows their steak and will convert you to Northern-Spanish beef forever. We decided to keep things light for dessert, and a fresh crisp fruit salad was the perfect denoument to our  gourmet adventures. We left Suite del Mar happily sated, and extremely well looked after. The staff had been attentive, informative and friendly, the menu well balanced and impressively presented, and the wine well chosen and free flowing. One can really not ask for more on a balmy summer evening at the edge of the Mediterranean sea.

Suite del Mar

Playa del Puente Romano
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

0034 630 962 852 |

About the reviewer, Silvia

Was born in Madrid. I lived in London for 15 years and moved to Costa del Sol in 2010. Loving the weather, the places, the food and the people.
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