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“Fabulous experience ”
Review of La Mar Chica

La Mar Chica
Ranked #58 of 837 Restaurants in Benalmadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$47
Cuisines: Spanish
Description: We invite you inside our living-room restaurant with a menu inspired and sourced by the land, mountains and sea that surrounds us. All dishes are homemade by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dutch head chef and owner Dennis Van Tintelen composes the menu with inspiration from his international experience in Michilin star restaurants, and his favorite culinary corners of the world, be it New Nordic cuisine, Spanish or Asian... ​Restaurant La Mar Chica is located in the typical Andalusian White Village of Benalmádena Pueblo, with narrow cobblestone streets and flowers in front of every house. Benalmádena Pueblo is a short drive from the coast between Malaga and Marbella on Costa Del Sol, Spain. ​ La Mar Chica opened March 2019 by Dutch/Danish couple.
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Description: We invite you inside our living-room restaurant with a menu inspired and sourced by the land, mountains and sea that surrounds us. All dishes are homemade by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dutch head chef and owner Dennis Van Tintelen composes the menu with inspiration from his international experience in Michilin star restaurants, and his favorite culinary corners of the world, be it New Nordic cuisine, Spanish or Asian... ​Restaurant La Mar Chica is located in the typical Andalusian White Village of Benalmádena Pueblo, with narrow cobblestone streets and flowers in front of every house. Benalmádena Pueblo is a short drive from the coast between Malaga and Marbella on Costa Del Sol, Spain. ​ La Mar Chica opened March 2019 by Dutch/Danish couple.
Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

Fantastic meal, thoroughly enjoyed by all 5 members of our party. The owners were so helpful when booking our table, accommodating the vegetarian member of our group, and the nut allergy sufferer. We went for 5 courses each, with the wine pairing. Our meal was a fabulous culinary experience, and the efficient friendly staff added to an excellent evening.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021 via mobile

We finally visited La Mar Chica having finally being able to travel to Spain. The first thing to say is that Kiki, Dennis and their staff were most welcoming and professional. We weren’t rushed and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal.
We had 5 courses which was just right for us and chose a bottle of wine rather than the wine flight. I was interested to see that they do a drivers wine flight giving just a small taste if that’s what you want.
The food was exceptional, personally, we don’t like beetroot but we ate the octopus starter anyway. The soup, duck, cheese course and dessert were delicious.
My only comment would be that we would not come back during this holiday as we would have to eat the dishes. Still, we look forward to next time, and thank you

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 20 June 2021 via mobile

I visited last night, 19/6 with great anticipation having been before but was disappointed with the food. The staff are very attentive and accommodating and the accompanying wines good too.
I had the prawn starter, pea soup, scallops and the beef.
The starter was nice but slightly confusing with a lot of flavours. The scallops were to die for with an excellent ballance that allowed the main flavour to come through.
Both the pea soup and the beef dishes disappointed due to over seasoning. The selected wine counteracted the salt somewhat in the soup but the sauce in the beef did it no justice

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 18 June 2021 via mobile

Amazing food, great service!
We had the 5 course dinner with the wine pairing, wine was excellent, food was outstanding!
The only dish a bit underwhelming was the “italian pizza slide with beer”, the rest were amazing, from the soup to the meat!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 13 June 2021

Superb food, delicious wines, friendly professional service, tastefully decorated, excellent value for money. First got to know it during lockdown, when they were doing home deliveries, and the food was absolutely excellent (the wine too). We were happy to be able to visit in person for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and loved the 7-course tasting menu so much that we promptly booked to have it all over again the following Saturday, before the monthly menu was set to change again. Cannot rate this place highly enough and we are well-seasoned and well-travelled foodies that know our stuff! All the quality of a Michelin-starred restaurant without any of the pomp (or expense!).

Date of visit: June 2021
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