WHEN my friend, the international art dealer, Stephen Howes popped by to deliver artist Don Clarke’s latest masterpiece, we decided to lunch at one of our favourite venues, the Beach House.
Stephen represents quite a few quality artists. Soon there will be a large exhibition at the Marbella Casino. I collect three of them – a brilliant investment. Their works can be seen on his website www.stephenhowes.es.
The weather was glorious for November, and we chose a table al fresco, almost on the beach.
James Hutton, formerly of TGI Fridays took our drinks order. We ordered a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, nicely chilled. Stephen’s doctor has told him he needs to drink more champagne. And holiday in Barbados. So there you have it.
I went for one of my favourite starters – sautéed caramelised sea scallops. Stephen ordered marinated Gravadlax with potato, caper and watercress salad. This comes with walnut bread. But when he heard all about the scallops – he opted for them instead and decided we should share the gravadlax as well!
The scallops were, as usual, cooked to perfection. This is a dish that is easy to muck up, so top marks to Chef. The gravadlax was awesome, and the walnut bread flavoursome without being heavy.
For the main course Stephen chose the fillets of pan-fried turbot in basil-scented seasoned flour, pommes anna, mange tout and a lemon butter sauce.
I finally decided on the eight hour braised mint lamb shank with parsnip mash, sautéed spinach and port jus.
I joked with Natalie as to how she knew the lamb had been braised for eight hours! When it arrived it certainly looked as it had been properly braised – it quite simply fell off the bone and was truly delicious. So much of it, though, I struggled to finish it off. Stephen loved his fish.
Both mains were around the €20 mark – good value these days. The service at Beach House is exemplary, and although main Chef Martin Underwood is away, the kitchen is still serving brilliant fare.
The Beach House is closed during December but re-opens for New Years Eve. Hurry down there for lunch during the week, or supper at the weekend and grab the last bit of good weather left. And some good food, too.
Last week I awarded Amapola four forks straight through. Somehow they appeared as three by mistake. Alia wrote in and received a lovely reply from EWN. Service how it should be!
Beach House Restaurant Urb Coto de los Dolores, Carril del Relojero, Elviria 29604, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 458 www.marbellabeachhouse.com