Tempora Temptation!

Nov 30, 2012 No Comments by

Winter in  Marbella is a great time to discover a side of the town that you might not have explored before.  As the nights get longer and the weather colder, it’s a great time to head out to Marbella’s Old Town, with its atmospheric streets and smaller bars and restaurants.

One of the most recent additions to the Old Town’s restaurant is Tempora. The translation of Tempora is (roughly) “products of the season” in and this sums up the team’s philosophy to cook with seasonal, fresh ingredients to produce the best food possible.

Both the owner Andrés Perdiguero and the young Chef Abraham Garrote Costa are committed to their mantra “Always Seasonal, Always Fresh”. This involves a daily trip to the markets in Marbella to sources for the best ingredients for their innovative amuse bouches, daily specials and frequently changing menu.

Andrés explains why he uses seasonal, fresh and, where possible, locally sourced ingredients in the restaurant. “Cooking with the seasons is a challenge but you are repaid with produce with unrivalled flavour, colour and texture. We are inspired by the start of each season and our menu develops accordingly throughout the year.

“Andalucia produces some of the best fruit, vegetables, olive oil and pork products, so we should take full advantage of these local delicacies rather than flying in produce from around the world. It’s more environmentally friendly, supports our local community and gives you ingredients with the best taste.”

Located close to the “Horse Fountain”, Tempora was already, busy, though it was a midweek night, always a good sign. Tempora isn’t the largest restaurant in the world, but it does mean that the service is polite, attentive and prompt. Our waiter also spoke good English and brought two small aperitifs of gazpacho as we studied the menu. As I mentioned before, Tempora prides itself on fresh produce, which also means that the menu is small, but looked extremely tempting, not to mention more than a little creative. Sautéed Prawns, on crispy apple rings with parmesan cheese fondue and Sticky Iberian Pork confit in paprika oil stood out, as did the Turbot fillet on a bed of carrot puree and Boneless Rack of Lamb.

We chose Duck Breast Carpaccio with Pine Nuts and Marinated Salmon Tartar with Avocado, Red Onion and Tomato and truffle oil for starters. I was driving and so stuck with my usual Agua Con Gas, while my glamorous dining companion was happily quaffing the house white.

Tempora may go on about the freshness of its produce and how it sources locally whenever possible, but another factor that they haven’t forgotten is the presentation of the food. The dishes look fantastic and drew “ohhhs” and “ahhhs” from the table.

For main courses (after a palate cleansing mango and pineapple sorbet) we plumped for Confit of Cod with Garlic Foam and Duck Breast with Raspberry purée  mushrooms and vegetables. Once again the presentation and service couldn’t be faulted. We even had room for a couple of superb homemade desserts!

As well as using seasonal ingredients Andres and his team have made the brave choice to do something different which gives the diner real gastronomy, using superb ingredients and demonstrating stunning presentation but without high prices.  They have decided also to avoid the normal Spanish or tourist fare and are taking a gamble by developing an unfamiliar menu with lots of unusual ingredients and flavours. It’s a brave move but one that more than pays off.


Calle Tetuán 9 (Casco Antiguo),
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About the reviewer, Giles Brown

Based in Marbella since the mid 80s, Giles has been involved in all forms of the media for over 20 years, and as a magazine editor for national business and lifestyle publications his work has appeared in The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and City Player Magazine. With an unrivalled reputation as a professional lunch guest, Giles is an inevitable fixture on Marbella's social scene...
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