Besaya Beach definitely ticks all the boxes. With its stylish beachside location, fabulous food and unparalleled service – it impressed in every area.
Located on the Coral Beach sandy beachfront of the Golden Mile, 5 minutes from Puerto Banus and 5 minutes from the centre of Marbella, the location and setting is to die for. Fine beachside dining automatically springs to mind. You have all the beauty of dining by a beautiful beach with crashing waves and an airy breeze – yet there is not a hint of sand in the restaurant, just splendid white décor.
When you walk into Besaya Beach you are greeted with a smile from the ever-friendly maitre d’. The dining area has rattan chairs and white linen tablecloths which mirror the ruched ceiling blinds. The classic, but laid-back feel of the dining room and lounge area contrasted well with the sleek bar stocked with a broad range of premium spirits.
Dining at Besaya you are literally a few metres from the beach but it felt cosy and warm at our table next to the floor-to-ceiling glass doors despite being a wintry Saturday night.
There was a wide range of choices on the Besaya Beach menu, with a noticeable Asian influence, that showcase some of the gastronomic delicacies from Spain and abroad.
The prices are definitely not unreasonable for the quality of the ingredients with a starter for around €14 and a main averaging €30.
For starter we went for the Tuna Tartare which was served as a timbale of tuna and chopped avocado, the tuna tartare was presented beautifully and was well-balanced. The flavour of the tuna was very delicate but as a whole it hit the spot. The King Crab Salad was the stand-out dish of the evening. The crab itself was sweet, moist, succulent and rich and the accompanying salad complimented it very well.
For main courses we could whole-heartedly recommend Roasted Baby Lamb cooked at a low temperature with fresh herbs. The slow cooking had tenderised the lamb until it was melt-in-the-mouth. The sauce was rich and powerful and a perfect match to the woody flavours from the herbs. The vegetables were served el dente, so if you prefer more well cooked sides, it is advisable to mention when ordering.
The Mediterranean inspired olive sauce gave a pleasant twist to what is traditionally a Japanese dish for the final main of Caramelized Black Cod. The cod was cooked well and flaked away nicely with a crispy caramelised skin.
Other specialities on the menu include Besaya’s Famous Hot Stone Prime Cut Steak, Steak Tartare, Grilled Lobster and a wide selection of Paella.
With mains finished and plates scraped there was just about room for dessert. The Lime and Lemon “Semi-freddo” with raspberry coulis was fantastic. The sharp flavours of the citrus fruits were perfectly matched by the sweetness of the raspberry coulis. If our tasters had to nit pick, the consistency would have benefitted from an extra 5 minutes out of the freezer before being brought to the table although probably to most diners taste, but the flavours were delicious nevertheless.
The Panacotta of Passion Fruit and Pineapple was also a refreshing palate cleanser and absolute perfection after a big meal. The passion fruit and jelly contrasted beautifully with the creaminess of the pineapple pannacotta. A must try dessert in our opinion.
The wine list is extensive enough to satisfy even the most demanding of wine connoisseurs with some top end French reds and champagnes (Crystal and Petrus anyone?). After we chose a light Provencal Rose to not overpower our seafood starters, the waiter recommended an unknown wine to us from Rioja called La Lomba. Not a region known for its subtle rose wines, we were relieved to find that it had a delicate floral nose and a palate of red fruits.
Besaya Beach is a stylish restaurant in a great location serving a diverse menu that is well thought-out and executed. We would definitely go back again, but would love to try out a lunch to experience the sea view in all its glory. Highly recommended.
To make a reservation at Besaya Beach fill out their online reservation form at www.besayabeach.com or call +34 952 777 299