Buenaventura

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Marbella

Best to get a table on the terrace as the inside is a little dark and you don't really get the same experience.

Buenaventura is set right in the heart of Old Town Marbella in the corner of the Plaza de la Iglesia stands this lovely little restaurant. Inside, it's warm, cosy and traditional; outside faces onto the square and the beautiful 18th Century church and is probably the best al fresco dining spot in the centre of Marbella. Regularly featured in the Michelen Guide this is a special place, albeit a little hidden away.

Headed up by chef Alexis Gonzalez, the food is prepared to perfection, simple but with subtle flavouring that brings it to life and a presentation that is excellent. Dishes include venison steak with juniper sauce and white fish with ratatouille and a thick almond cream. The chef's Menu de Degustacion (the Tasting Menu) is an absolute pleasure to sample, offered with or without wine however I would suggest the former due to the chef's selection for the different dishes acts as the perfect accompaniment. The menu attached is for the latest Gastronomic tasting menu.

They also have a fun and very creative Gastro Tapas menu that is certainly worth sampling if you don't fancy a heavy meal. These are not priced in the same way that you would expect in any standard Tapas bar in town but it's an experience worth sharing with friends.

Buenaventura welcomes visitors year round and is a winner with large groups and romantic couples alike. They are open for Lunch and for dinner every day of the week and also their highly acclaimed Brunch is served on Saturday, Sunday and Festivals from 12:00 - 17:30.

Address: Plaza de la Iglesia de la Encarnación, Casco Antiguo Marbella-Centre Marbella, 29600.

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