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A Little Touch of France in Marbella

Sep 07, 2015 No Comments by

Think French; as soon as you enter the restaurant you are aware that you are in a place where food is afforded roughly the same importance as oxygen. Personally, we would have been disappointed with anything less, but what we were relieved and delighted to note was that the welcome was very friendly, so there was never any question of feeling the ignoramus at the feast. The owner, Céline, does an excellent job of affording first time guests and a growing number of dedicated repeat visitors the same warm welcome.

Given the fact that we were settling ourselves in for the full French experience, we decided to ask for the wine menu. While Spanish reds and whites are represented, the focus is very much on the best of French vineyards. With our party of three being split on the vexed issue of reds versus whites we decided to take the peaceful option of ordering a bottle of Chablis and the Diane from Côte de Provence. Then all we had to worry about was what we were going to choose from the list of gorgeous dishes.

Our classically French starter was recommended to us by the Le Discret team and Céline was a reliable source of information about every dish on the menu and her help meant that the ordering process was much shorter than it would otherwise have been; she also told us that all of the ingredients used in every dish on Le Discret’s menus were fresh and delivered daily. We had been thinking about ordering the Tabouleh à la Francaise as a starter but Céline’s advice was that we should go for a real blast of authenticity and order the Confit Fig filled with Foie Gras, served with Duck Magret and a glass of Peach Liquor. Marked as a ‘must’ on the menu and known as Le Discret’s signature dish, this was nothing less than a little bit of France on a plate.

Having given our taste-buds a very enjoyable workout we were ready for our main course and made sure that our glasses were topped up. For the next course we chose the Millefeuille of Vegetables served with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Crisp, the Moules Frites served in a White Wine and Garlic Sauce and the 250g Argentinian Entrecote with French Fries and Salad. These dishes were shared among us, the combination of vegetarian, seafood and meat providing some glorious flavours and textures. Although the food gurus would probably not approve of this method of consuming food, it certainly allowed us all to enjoy some of Le Discret’s greatest hits. The entrecôte, in particular, practically melted in the mouth in a way that only the finest Argentinian steak can.

Just before our main courses arrived we made sure that our glasses were filled so that we could enjoy our red and white wine with our food. Both of these wines provided an excellent counterpoint to our food, proving that it pays to ask the advice of the staff, whose wide-ranging knowledge of the menu and the wine list is a great help to indecisive diners. The dessert menu also sidetracked us for some time, especially when one of the party noticed that it contained that classic Ile Flottante. We decided to go with the chefs Tarte Tatin and Entremet with an Almond base filled with Chocolate Mousse and topped with Caramel. It was delicious, as were the classic tarte tatin and the profiteroles, which tasted as sinful as they looked.

We also noticed that a three-course 15€ set menu was also available, with a choice of four starters and three mains and desserts, which would be ideal for first-time visitors, business diners or those on a tight budget. Le Discret offers a great excuse to reconnect with French cuisine – the menu is a brilliant combination of classic French recipes and imaginative twists on well-established dishes – and is open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 until 23:00. Just a word of warning – book early or you will have no hope of securing a table!

Le Discret

Avenida del Prado, Nueva Andalucia
ES-29601 Marbella, Malagá

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