Charming retreat in Marbella Old Town

Sep 14, 2011 No Comments by

If you are a Zozoi fan, you won’t need to read on any further, as you already know what’s coming. You’ll have already had the luck of experiencing the amazing treats that lay in wait for me at this hidden gem of a restaurant, tucked away in Marbella Old Town. For those of you who are Zozoi virgins, as I was not so long ago, I am willing to bet you’ll be hot-footing it down there to give it a try after reading this.

Zozoi is a charming, cosy, rustic restaurant, which is busy every day of the week. Diners flock to Zozoi all year round thanks to the amazingly consistent service.

I made my debut at Zozoi’s with a friend, but it is the kind of place you can go for any occasion from a birthday celebration in a big group to an intimate dinner for two. We kicked off the evening with a bottle of house red, as recommended by one of the owners. She couldn’t have made a better suggestion; the Crianza was complex on the nose but smooth and full-bodied – the perfect complement to our dinner.

We started with the sharing starter, which included a selection of starters such as Thai crab cakes, caramelised ribs, tempura prawns, arancinis, stuffed mushrooms, hummus and the delectable Zozoi tatare (made from salmon scallops and foie gras, tossed in walnut oil). The specials menu changes weekly. From the week’s starter options we enjoyed the Provençale gratinated mussels, with tomato, rosemary, garlic and onions – delicious.

For my main course, I chose the honey and rosemary crust rack of lamb (which was tender and cooked to perfection) served with aromatic potatoes dauphinoise and roasted caramelised parsnips. My fellow diner opted for the smoked haddock served on a bed of crushed potatoes and leeks, topped with a soft poached egg and coated in a creamy grain mustard sauce. We could not find fault with either dish.

We ended the dinner with a selection of desserts: a melt-in-the-mouth, home made apple crumble; a light, creamy, fluffy bourbon crème brulée; and a perfectly soft chocolate brownie with hazelnut and candied orange.

Overall, the whole experience was warm and delightful, and now Zozoi can add two more dedicated fans to its already impressive list of regulars.

Zozoi Restaurant

Plaza Altamirano, Marbella Centre
ES-29600 Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 858 868 | www.zozoi.com

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