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Opposite the Marbella Club’s bar, down a step or two, is the hotels fine dining restaurant El Grill. I’ve eaten here many times, including one very special evening when my husband and I were the only diners, a rare occurrence as El Grill is normally packed full, but still manages to feel inmate with excellent service and superb food.

The matradee runs a tight ship, if he finds you loitering in the bar and can coax you to your table early, he will. However he’ll bear no grudges if you politely refuse, both he and his large team of waiters were perfect hosts the nights we dined with them on our last stay.

The restaurant’s decor is typically Spanish, the centre piece being the large grill that gives the restaurant its name. Located in the middle of the room it dominates the restaurant, the wonderful charcoal smells it emanates and the spectacle of its colourful flames disappearing up the flume give El Grill the feel of a cosy taverna. The crowd is nicely split between locals and hotel guests, we normally stay at the Marbella Club around mid October, during that time the clientele is predominately made up of the former.

This is a restaurant of two halves, there is the food from the afore mentioned grill, hearty plates for meat lovers, an order of steak and chips paired with a nice bottle or red is not frowned upon at this fine restaurant. But for those in the mood for something with a little more finesse El Grill also offers classic dishes from its pick of international cuisines, all made with the finest local produce.

The menu changes five times a year, whenever I visit I find it hard to resist the gastronomic menu which promises to showcase the best dishes on offer at the time. This year was no exception. From the first dish on the menu: a rather simple sounding cold tomato soup that tasted anything but ordinary, to the last: an absolutely fabulous Red Velvet Cake, each course was simply scrumptious. Presented with little fanfare, the flavours were left to do the talking. There were just so many hi-lights: El Grils Tartar of Tuna is the best I’ve ever tasted, the Fillet of Sea Bass beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the confit shoulder of lamb with truffle puree, simply delicious.

Suffice to say I’m a fan, no visit to the Marbella Club would be complete without an evening or two spent at El Grill. As I write this on the trip home, I already find myself missing my favourite seat in the hotel’s bar, close enough to the restaurant to see people dressed in their evening splendour being guided to their seats, close enough to make me eager to finish my drink and join them – I can’t wait for next October.

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