NIKKI-BEACH-RESTAURANT-REVIEW-4Head to Nikki Beach Marbella for your very own slice of paradise.

Situated in Elviria, a short drive from the centre of Marbella by the Don Carlos Hotel – it is heaven on earth at Nikki Beach Marbella.

A stunning split level restaurant, bar and pool area with white cabana beds and palm tree lined sea views. Plus friendly staff, beautiful people and a menu to die for – we knew we were in for a real treat.

NIKKI-BEACH-RESTAURANT-REVIEW-6On our arrival we were greeted by the Nikki Beach team. Both Spanish and English speakers (plus we’re pretty sure every nationality is spoken here amongst the 12-strong serving team) we were able to choose which level to enjoy our lunch and sun and shade options were offered. Very uncharacteristically for Spain on a hot June day we opted for sunshine near the pool and glanced through the extensive cocktail list. Nikki Beach is famed for “fun in the sun” and this was definitely the case. The Passion Fruit Mojito was fresh, fruity and had the just the right amount of kick from the rum while the Saint Tropez Sparkle with Tattinger Champagne, vodka, strawberries and pineapple juice was simply divine.

GREAT STARTERS WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS
For our appetizer we were brought a colourful sharing platter consisting of Artisan Bruschetta, Hawaiian Tuna Poke, Sexy Salad and a Dubai Mezzah of hummus and mohamarah with homemade pitta bread. A great starting selection made using the freshest ingredients. A great way to taste the various international inspired dishes on offer while still leaving room for looking good in your swimsuit/shorts for poolside lounging later.

FOR SUSHI LOVERS
Next up was our Starters and the world famous Nikki Beach Sushi Dragon containing NIKKI-BEACH-RESTAURANT-REVIEW-2Marbella Spicy Tuna Roll, Saint Barth Salmon Roll, Nagiri, Sashimi, Asian Wakame Salad with pickled ginger, wasabi and light soy sauce. A real treat for Sushi lovers as there is something for everyone – usually recommended as a sharing platter for 2 people. The sushi was fresh and the flavours of the fish and accompanying sauces complimented each other perfectly.

TASTE EXPLOSIONS
For our other Starter the Goat Cheese Truffles contained three varieties of cheese – garden herbs, sundried tomato and tartufata beautifully presented on a bed of baby spinach, red beetroot with roasted red peppers, shaved fennel, toasted pine nuts with an olive oil crostini. Delicious and light, despite containing goat’s cheese, and all with incredibly differing taste explosions.

NIKKI-BEACH-RESTAURANT-REVIEW-7TELL ONLY YOUR BEST FRIENDS
Our attentive waiter Jorge ran through the impressive wine list with us after we turned down a second cocktail (we would highly recommend a taxi to and from Nikki Beach at this stage if we had!) and while there is a huge selection on offer – being lunch we opted for a glass of the Nikki Beach house rose, the Cotes de Provence Cru Classe, which went perfectly with the Main Courses we had selected.
Without a doubt, my favourite dish of the day was the Roasted Sea Bass, which was served intricately spiralled with salad, lemon, leaves and side of freshly steamed jasmine rice and grilled vine tomatoes. Pure perfection.
The Bodrum Turkish Kebab containing grilled and seasoned ground beef and lamb is also well worthy of a recommendation. Served with arugula salad, chili rubbed onion salad, warm lavash bread, hummus, tzatziki, quinoa tabbouleh and roasted tomatoes – this a great way to get enjoy the Turkish inspired dish and all the Mediterranean flavours and spices in one surprisingly healthy meal. Served on a traditional leaning kebab stick this was a fun touch to the meal.
Finally, we reached the Desserts where we tried the Apple Tarte Tatin with homemade vanilla pod ice-cream and the Greek Yoghurt Panacotta. Both were fantastic and while we were struggling for room, we managed to devour most as they tasted so good. A sure testament to the fabulous Nikki Beach chef Patrice Godino – who we were fortunate enough to chat to as this month’s 60 Second Interview on page 128.
All in all a trip to Nikki Beach this Summer is highly recommended and should be on everyone’s to do list. Steeped in history, you will not find a more decadent place to dine and enjoy your time in Marbella. Plus throughout July and August from Thursday to Sunday, Nikki Privé opens for dinner so you can enjoy their delectable, internationally inspired menu for evening meals also. As Nikki Beach would say; (in a husky, sexy voice) “Tell Only Your Best Friends.”

To make a reservation at Nikki Beach Marbella visit:
www.nikkibeach.com for online reservations,
or email: reservations@nikkibeach.com
or call +34 952 836 239
Having won the Best Beach Club for 2 years in a row at the prestigious Marbella Awards you can go and see why yourself if you haven’t already.

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