The holiday season is upon us. This is a time for celebration, regardless of culture or costumes, and it is always the perfect time to gather family and friends and spend some special time with our beloved ones. This season brings out the best in us: the kindness, the love and it makes us more caring. Of course, the centre of every reunion is a nice, warm Christmas meal. The children look forward to eating it all year long and the grown ups enjoy planning what is going to be part of the menu each December, or what goodies they are going to bring with them to that party they have been invited to. Society magazine knows the perfect place to get all the treats that are going to make your Christmas celebrations memorable.
Kobe and Delicias de la Huerta are the places to go when you are looking for a prime quality gourmet experience. These two shops work together and combine forces to offer everything you need to prepare the perfect meal. They are a foodies’ paradise year round and a visit becomes a MUST, especially during the Christmas season. Both locations are widely known in the Marbella area, mainly due to their wonderful selection of products and their exceptional customer service, and each store has its own personality and purpose. Whilst Delicias de la Huerta is the perfect pantry full of healthy, bio veggies, fruits and gluten free products, Kobe presents the most exquisite and luxurious selection of gourmet goods such as Beluga caviar, truffles and fine meats. Let’s be honest, the 24th and 25th of Decembers are days in which everyone goes “all out” culinarily speaking, and in Kobe and Delicias de la Huerta we can find the “all”.
The moment a customer walks through Kobe’s doors they are welcomed by a finely curated selection of goods. The bottles of wines and champagnes are what catch the attention at first sight. And, whilst running the eyes along the names of the spirits you are transported to a quiet evening holding a glass of wine and caching up with a friend over an already empty table and your bellies are already full. Perhaps, if you see a bottle of Don Perignon Vintage your thought will be, of course, about toasting the New Year.
It is also inevitable that the outstanding selection of Spanish hams and charcuterie will catch your eye. This is, after all, Christmas in Spain and even if the locals try to enjoy these prime quality products throughout the whole year, during the holiday season they really become an irreplaceable part of every table.
But, Kobe offers not just the best of Spanish gastronomy; it also supplies its clients with a wide selection of international gourmet goods. These include traditional English homemade roast beef, Russian caviar and vodka, sea products such as traditional smoked salmon or some very appetising crab legs, delicate foie gras to be served as the perfect appetiser, or the best quality white truffle.
Still, what gives the shop its name, and the product they might be most proud of, is the Kobe meat. It is imported from Japan and it is easy to understand at a glance why this meat is produced with such care and tenderness. The stock is raised in ideal conditions, listening to classical music and drinking beer: yes, cows drinking beer. But, that is the key to the fine piece of steak that Kobe offers their most discerning clients.
Delicias de la Huerta on the other hand is like your basic grocery shop; the place you go to fill your pantry on a daily basis, or to get that extra special ingredient that that recipe needs and you cannot find anywhere else. Also, they offer organic and gluten free foods, something that is really appreciated by clients that want to eat yummy but healthy food. It is also very festive. There are a lot of enticing goodies for those with a sweet tooth, such as traditional Spanish turrón, Belgian chocolates and Italian panettone. Plus, it has a fantastic selection of cakes for clients with a sweet tooth following a gluten-free diet.
These very special shops are the best option for organising your dream Christmas meal regardless of your origins or culinary tastes. Now that the countdown for the festivities has started, hurry over to the gourmet universe at Kobe and Delicias de la Huerta. All the lovely staff will be ready to welcome you and help you find everything you need and more. There are no excuses now not to enjoy the best food. We have told you where to find it, now just go and get it. Merry Christmas and have a happy table everyone!
MOSH Fun Kitchen is Marbella’s restaurant scene ‘big hit’ of 2016 and 2017 is going to be even tastier for the leader in ‘Cool Culinaria’.
MOSH gave Marbella a launch party this year that rocked the socks off the social scene, so a return visit to review this imaginative venue was filled with the kind of anticipation usually reserved for a night at a rock venue. Our focus was of course the food, but we also looked forward to sharing the space with the beautiful, interesting clientele that MOSH attracts.
If you haven’t yet heard of MOSH, let me tell you a bit about its décor and ambience before I get the menu. With its stripped-down walls, wooden floors and comfy, upholstered chairs, it exudes the kind of ‘capital city chic’ one expects to find in Barcelona, Madrid, London or New York. It’s a vibe that is on the one hand youthful, and on the other it is ageless. At night, the subdued lighting that picks out specific areas with spots, makes diners feel cocooned in a world of their choice, and one where even strangers feel familiar. It has also put on some fabulously theatrical events such as its Hallowmosh, which was billed as, “the scariest party in Marbella,” and its Crazy Brunch that lasted “’til the cats go home” were both sell-out successes.
But, let’s get to the heart of MOSH: its menu and its signature cocktails. On arrival we each chose a different cocktail to whet our appetites. It was difficult to make a choice and there was a lot of changing of minds that went on until we finally selected an Espresso Martini that has vanilla infused vodka as its base with espresso coffee, kahlua and hazelnut to add flavour. The Moshito is perfect for mojito lovers and the Moscow Mule and Classic Cosmo both left us wanting more. MOSH-designed shots and non-alcoholic cocktails are also available.
By now we were ready to study the menu. We are all fans of sushi and dishes with an Asian influence, so it goes without saying that the Edamame, and the MOSH Factory Duck Bun, which is a steam bun filed with Peking duck, hoisin sauce, leek and cucumber were instant orders from the Small Bites menu, and we couldn’t leave out the Sashimi or the Niguiri either. MOSH offers a choice of salmon, red tuna or butterfish for both of these and we selected the combo plate to make sure we got a taste of everything. The sushi was super fresh, just as you’d want it to be, and the delicacy of the flavouring used in the other dishes was perfection. We also shared a Jarasho, which is a Russian meat-filled pasta dish in miniature that got the thumbs up from all of us.
Although, we could easily have ordered more from the Japanese menu and the other starters, we decided that it would be advisable to move on to the main dishes quickly. Again, the menu presented us with an enviable range of dishes and the Marinated Salmon with kale and baby veggies was just divine. Thanks to those of us who watch cookery shows and know that venison is very on trend, we also ordered the drilled venison filet ‘Deer to my heart’, which was served with sweet potato purée and shiitake mushrooms. Heaven on a plate! The lamb burger with French fries, teriyaki mayo and lambs lettuce was just delicious and the Black Angus T-bone steak with French fries and baby vegetables was sensationally succulent.
Luckily, we managed to keep some hidden corner of our stomachs free for dessert. One person’s reaction was “Just give me them all!” which was an appropriate reaction to a menu that starts with a Dark Kiss and ends with Dracula: Curiosity Killed the Cat. This was vanilla cream, coca-cola sorbet, peta zetas and berries foam. If you’re wondering what ‘peta zetas’ is, it is popping candy. There is also a cold white chocolate soup with rosemary, lime ice cream and berries that we all agreed was glorious. And, if you’re worried about having had your ‘five a day’ there is also a pineapple confit with coconut purée and a ginger biscuit foam that will make you feel more righteous.
MOSH Fun Kitchen, it’s chic, it’s fun, the staff are warm and welcoming, and most importantly, the menu reflects its philosophy of cool. Book a table soon!
Avenida del Prado , Aloha
29660, Nueva Andalucía
Reservations: +34 952 81 38 59
WHAT IS IT?
Access to good, fresh, real food and the basic skills to cook it has the power to transform lives, and that is what the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation is all about. Working in the UK, US and through the Good Foundation in Australia, it is leading a full-scale and ongoing Food Revolution to improve the health and happiness of future generations, through the food they eat. From food education programmes delivered at a local level, to national and international campaigns that influence policy on key issues, it aims to revolutionise the way people feed themselves and their families.
BECOME A REVOLUTIONARY
Meaningful, lasting change is built from the ground up. If we each take a few small steps to shift the way we grow, distribute, purchase, prepare and prioritise food, the ripple effect would be enormous. Governments will react with change in policies, businesses will change practices and therefore entire generations will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to eat good, nutritious food for a healthier, happier life.
As a revolutionary, you can join in with the campaigns and unite to make a huge noise in the fight for a better, healthier and happier world for every child. From advocating change at a community level to shouting about campaigns on social media to learning how to cook and passing on your skills, everyone has a role to play.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You decide how much you do. Change can start at home, simply by learning to cook a few nutritious meals and passing those new skills onto friends and family. Change can mean getting your kids in the kitchen, supporting local food or inviting your loved ones around a table to enjoy good food, cooked from scratch. You can also advocate change at a community level, by signing up to the Food Revolution, keeping abreast of all the latest news, and supporting Jamie and our partner’s campaigns in making our united voice heard. Together, we can all make small changes that, en masse, create a huge impact.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MARBELLA?
A lot has happened since we last talked about the food revolution. This term we have welcomed Atalaya College onboard, with cookery workshops as an extra curricular activity every Friday afternoon for children of varying ages each month. Between the school, Rebecca Cifarelli and Nathalie Le Bourgeois and myself we have come up with a model that works. We are hoping that more schools, both English and Spanish speaking, will follow suit.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS?
Involving as many local schools in food education as possible and working towards Food Revolution Day that is celebrated worldwide each year in May.
Reaching out and inspiring more local revolutionaries - we cannot do this on our own and need as many people on board as possible.
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Italian food is often associated with comfort, coziness and friendship. That’s because the Italians approach their meals with a zeal and ideology unmatched by any other region in the world. They don’t see food merely as a necessary survival mechanism, but relish the experience as a bridge between people and cultures, an opportunity to share stories and warmth over nonna’s home-cooked pasta and a rich red table wine. This is exactly the type of atmosphere and cultural heritage NOTO Food and People has been able to capture.
Tucked away in the cozy streets of Nueva Andalucia, NOTO is a recent renovation of the legendary neighborhood staple, Regina. Under new management, NOTO offers its customers a spacious, naturally-lit interior and a chic, modern atmosphere. During the day, there are great lunch specials and a relaxed vibe. At night, however, it turns into a busy, clamorous environment, true to the Italian way, filled with laughter, clinking of wine glasses, and communal enjoyment of great Italian food. On weekends, there is often entertainment in the form of a live guitarist or singer who perform for the guests’ enjoyment. These shows have had many great reviews and are definitely worth checking out, but make sure to call in advance because reservations fill up pretty quickly.
One thing that hasn’t changed through the renovations though, is the main chef, Luciano. He has stayed with the restaurant throughout. He has seen it as Regina and as NOTO and the menu has stayed as authentically Italian as ever. He has decided to keep the menu fairly simple and traditional, throwing in an unexpected but always innovative special dish here and there, depending on season and whim. Luckily we got to try some of these delicious dishes and were transported to the beauty of Italy with every bite.
We started with one of the most popular dishes, the fresh Tuna Tartar, a perfect mix of equally proportioned ingredients coming together in zesty scintillating harmony. The tuna’s flavour was perfectly captured with just enough citrus and complemented with fresh avocado, cucumber and wasabi. The tartar was fresh and the wasabi gave it just enough bite to tease the palate, followed by the tart qualities of the lemon.
Our friendly waiter recommended this dish to us and we were happy we chose it. Another option was the Degustation Platter, which is a great choice for any newcomer because you can choose a couple of different options and get a real sense of many of the flavours that Luciano has come up with for his menu. It’s also a great way to start the evening with your friends, accompanied by a nice bottle of Italian wine (because we all know that sharing is caring)!
Another appetizer we tried from the dinner menu were the NOTO Mussels. This dish was inspired by Luciano’s visit to Paris, when he discovered the magical taste of French mussels. He decided to give the recipe his own twist and added lemongrass into the mix. The results were divine! Cooked in a creamy shallot, chive and lemongrass sauce, these mussels are perfectly balanced in their citrus to cream ratio. They are wonderfully refreshing and tender, but not overly filling as can often happen with mussels. Make sure to pre-order some extra bread, because you’ll definitely want to soak up every last bite of this dish.
Next, as is traditional, we moved on to the pasta course. The Seafood Spaghetti was everything you could ask for from a beachtown restaurant. Bought fresh daily from the local seafood market, Luciano makes sure to get the best and the freshest ingredients for his dishes. Clams, mussels, king prawns, squid and octopus came together for an exquisite culinary delight. One wouldn’t expect spaghetti to have such a degustatory effect, but its perfect simplicity and the freshest of ingredients truly blew us away.
We also made sure to try the Squid Ink Fettuccine, a personal favourite. Luciano later told us that he worked long and hard to perfect a sauce that could accompany such an intense taste as squid ink. Its saltiness can be a difficult element to master, but we think he pulled it off marvellously. All of the ingredients seemed to fit right in with each other and the dish had an elegantly balanced palate.
Lastly, from the pasta and risotto part of the menu, we decided to try the Scallop Risotto and weren’t disappointed with this choice. The dish consists of tender buttered scallops, velvety saffron and delicate lemon over a fluffy bed of risotto. What better choices? The saffron gave the dish a subtle floral flavour which complemented the scallops very well. Luciano told us that he was inspired to create this dish when he visited Sorrento, a town overlooking the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy, where the scent of the salt water and the lemon trees permeates the warm air. The dish fits this imagery perfectly.
After pasta and seafood, we proceeded to the main dishes. If you are a meat-lover make sure to order the NOTO Fillete Steak. It is a wonderful mixture of tradition and modernity, just like NOTO Food and People. Prepared in an Amarone wine reduction and smoked with delicious herbs, this steak is tender, juicy and lean. It pairs very well with a robust red wine.
If you decide to stick with seafood for the main entrée, try the Marinated Seabass and you won’t be disappointed. Marinated with a zesty mixture of coriander, lime, red chili and daikon, this seabass melts in your mouth and reveals an extraordinary combination of flavours. Luciano loves to bring out the natural flavours of his ingredients and uses his marinades and sauces to accentuate the main dish, rather than conceal it. This strategy guarantees that every dish is light and only bears the essentials necessary to excite the palate and provide for an unforgettable culinary experience. It also allows you to move from one dish to another without being overwhelmed with flavour, but rather to taste the various ingredients that come together in magical combinations.
Lastly, we had to try the pizza. Pizza is notoriously Italian and any good restaurant can be judged by the quality of their pizza. We ordered the NOTO Pizza and received a perfectly oven-baked, thin-crust pie topped with arugula, black truffle oil, cream and mushrooms. What wonderful rustic ingredients! We felt we had been transported to Luciano’s home town in Italy and got the full experience of sharing simple delicious food made by a family member. It was absolutely delicious and it passed the 'Pizza Test' with flying colours - NOTO is a quintessentially authentic Italian spot.
Finally, after such a rich culinary indulgence, we decided to have one last degustatory experience to balance out our night. We couldn’t leave without tasting something from the dessert menu and, with the help of our waiter, we settled on the Profiteroles. Made from scratch, these profiteroles are heaven itself. They are generously filled with chantilly cream, covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with toasted almonds. This dessert will end any date night perfectly, coupled with a cup of coffee or a subtle sweet wine.
After this gourmand experience we just relaxed a little in the restaurant. The setting is perfect for this and the lighting is intimate and makes you want to enjoy your final cup of coffee or wine at your own leisure. The staff was very accommodating and let us have our space to contemplate the evening and all the wonderful flavours to which we had been exposed. We had tasted so many rich and subtle spices, herbs and sauces and we were finally fully satisfied.
Whether you live in the neighbourhood or are just passing by, make sure to stop at NOTO Food and People. Here you will be reminded what it means to be fully present and engaged with your meal. It is a great atmosphere to enjoy company and share stories as well, so make sure to invite some friends. In the fast-paced world we live in it is often easy to get caught up in the rush. However, the manner in which we eat inadvertently defines how we approach life. It is important to enjoy the little things and take time to appreciate the food we eat and the people we share it with. This is something Italians have known for quite some time and have thankfully shared with the rest of us. In particular, NOTO Food and People captured this spirit very well.
Elliott Wright reveals Olivia’s new winter tapas menu and brunch concept
When Elliott Wright and his lovely fiancée Sadie invited the Marbella press for an informal meeting, we all wondered just what news the enterprising and energetic restaurant owner would have in store for us. Well, it was very yummy news focusing on Olivia’s new winter tapas menu and the launch of a brand new brunch event, but it also touched on Elliott’s personal life and that of the woman he describes as “my rock.”
Olivia’s restaurant is in an enviable location: the beach and sparkling sea provides a view that immediately makes you feel relaxed and the cheery staff give guests a welcome that makes each person feel like family, something that Elliott Wright cherishes because his own family is very close to his heart. Elliott proudly admits that he still goes to his parents for advice and his brother Eddie is moving to the Costa del Sol soon, which he is excited about. He’s also looking forward to having his two children in Spain for Christmas, and anyone who has watched his TV show “Playa in Marbella, aired on ITVBe during summer 2016, will be aware of just how much his children Olivia and Elliott mean to him. Sadie is a big hit with his children and Elliott divulged that his fiancée wants a considerable sized family once they are married.
Naturally, there was some discussion of the TV show, which Elliott revealed was “50% documentary and 30% reality show.” For him the show was a business promotion tool that gave Olivia’s exposure – the restaurant has 50,000 followers on Instagram -- and he also confided that he is currently in talks with ITV about another series that will disclose an exciting new development with the restaurant, but that is something we will have to wait and find out about on television.
Apart from his stint in TOWIE, Elliott has been involved in the restaurant business since he was twenty-one, but openly admitted that his years of experience hadn’t quite prepared him for running a restaurant on the Costa del Sol, even though he managed one on the Costa Blanca. He said: “I was shocked at how difficult it is on the Costa del Sol,” but he has risen to the challenge and his new winter menu and brunch concepts indicate that here is a man who doesn’t give up easily and is determined to make a success of everything.
The new Friday/Saturday Brunch
The “Friday Brunch” idea came from Sadie, and it’s a concept that has already proved popular in Dubai and London. From 2pm to 5pm you can dine and drink for a set price whilst enjoying live music and a DJ on the scrumptious brunch menu that lives up to Olivia’s reputation for blending the traditional with the modern and Asian flavours with European classics. Both Sadie and Elliott are keen to promote Olivia’s as the place to come when you want to wind down and spend time with friends or family, and they believe that this brunch is the perfect event for that. The brunch concept will launch on Friday 9th December 2016 and it is expected to prove very popular with both local residents and Elliott’s many fans, who even travel from Alicante to dine at Olivia’s, such is the reputation of both the restaurant and its owner. The visitors from the Costa Blanca were already familiar with Elliott, thanks to the Wright family’s restaurant Eduardos in Villamartin, which has consistently received glowing reviews.
Olivia’s winter menu and Sunday roast
Olivia’s winter tapas menu launched on 26th October and Elliott says of it: “This is the best menu I’ve had in my whole career.” From succulent sushi, carpaccio, lobster and assorted seafood dishes, it is a menu that is “traditional but also modern and there’s a significant Asian fusion element. It’s a broad span of culinary styles and flavours.” And there is still Olivia’s Sunday Roast, which is in Elliott’s words: “The best roast on the coast and I don’t care what anyone says different.” Elliott dismisses the criticisms of his pricing and points out that you can eat well fro €20 at Olivia’s and the house wine is only €16 per bottle. This is significantly lower than the cost of eating out at establishments offering a similarly stylish and cosmopolitan experience on the Costa del Sol.
Christmas and New Year at Olivia’s
Olivia’s will also be open for Christmas lunch (€95 for adults/€50 for children) and its New Year’s Eve party (€195) will undoubtedly be an extravaganza of excellent food, sensational cocktails and brilliant entertainment. It would be advisable to book either of these immediately, if you haven’t done so already, as this is bound to be a popular party destination over the festive season.
Strong staff and a family vibe
Elliott admits that in the past he had some teething problems with staff but that these are now resolved. His new general manager Alberto comes with a quality pedigree, having managed at London’s The Ivy. To attract staff from such a prestigious restaurant signals that Olivia’s is well above average and that it is set to maintain and build on its already superb reputation. It is very important to Elliott that his staff make guests feel personally welcome at every visit, that it is seen as a family restaurant and that everyone feels that they are “coming into my house rather than my restaurant.”
Currently, Elliott has no plans for a new restaurant although he admits that he is considering another Olivia’s on the coast. However, he is keeping his business close to home and ruled out ventures in either London or Dubai, quashing any rumours to the contrary. Right now his mission is to promote his new winter menu and the Friday brunch and have a wonderful Christmas with Sadie and his two children. We’ll find out soon enough what other surprises Elliott Wright has tucked up his sleeve. As they say, watch this space!
If you want to enjoy a really great night out at a restaurant where food is considered a matter of life or death (and would you really want to waste your time at an establishment where it is any less important?) then please take our advice and make your way to Garum, as fast as you possibly can.
Unbelievably, this shrine to fine dining has been open for 12 years and its superb beachfront location and haute cuisine has attracted a regular stream of repeat customers from the day that it first opened its doors.
If you have been asking yourself what 'garum' means, then we can reveal that it is a fish sauce that dates back to Roman times and is thought to have originated in the historic settlement of Boloña, near Tarifa. Considering how much the Romans loved a good feast and the depth of culinary knowledge that the Garum team has, this slightly esoteric name makes perfect sense.
On the evening that we visited it was so warm that we were able to take advantage of the magnificent terrace, a place that is always packed during the summer and seemed no less busy on this beautiful autumn night. There's nothing quite like enjoying a close-up view of the Mediterranean while enjoying some of the best food available on the Coast.
Garum scores on many points: there's the funky design of the interior for a start, then there's the friendly welcome extended to customers, whether they are repeat visitors or newcomers and superb, personal service from the staff, many of whom have been part of the team for years.
Another impressive feature is the extensive Wine List, which showcases some of the best Spanish and French grape varieties and vineyards. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an expert, then you cannot fail to be impressed by the range of choices available.
Over a very relaxed couple of hours we were able to enjoy some of the finest dishes on Garum's extensive menu, which were suggested to us by the team. We started with the Foie Gras Pralines with Black Pepper, Thyme and Almonds, served with Blackberry and Balsamic Ragout, Lamb's Lettuce Salad and Apple Bread. It was at this point that we began to realise just how important presentation is to the Garum team because this looked as good as it tasted. Maybe these flavour combinations aren't the most obvious, but they were utterly delicious and served as a reliable indicator of what was to follow.
The Pastrami Salmon with Szechuan Coriander, served with Wasabi and Mustard and Dill Ice Cream was equally impressive, the strength of the flavours contrasting with the texture of the ice cream and generally giving the taste buds a good workout. Several members of our party regularly order salmon when eating out and all agreed that this was definitely a dish that made them think about the versatility of this very popular fish, an adaptability that is rarely pushed to its limits. This somehow allowed the salmon to be the shining star of the plate, while the accompaniments provided a fine, harmonious backing and, as did the previous course, it looked almost too good to eat.
Cod is another popular fish that is often eaten but rarely served in an interesting way, so we were delighted with the Wild Cod with Lime Crème Fraiche, Green Beans and Black Caviar. Again, this was a delight for the eyes, beautifully presented on black slate 'plates' that allowed the colours to shine. The flavours, of course, took care of themselves, the caviar acting as the perfect boost to the more delicate flavour of the cod.
We had heard many complimentary comments about the excellence of Garum's lamb dishes, so we were thrilled when we noticed that our menus contained New Zealand Rack of Lamb served with Mashed Peas and Spinach, served with Saffron Potatoes and Mint Basil Butter. The lamb, of course, was perfectly cooked until it was a delicate shade of pale pink and it practically melted in the mouth. The saffron potatoes looked gorgeous and provided a suitably luxurious accompaniment to the lamb on its soft bed of mashed vegetables and, as for the mint basil butter – may we have the recipe, please?
You must always leave room for dessert when you visit Garum, because their menu contains everything that a diner with a sweet tooth could possibly desire. We were recommended the Chocolate Brownie served with Dulce de Leche, Cranberries, Aquavit Sorbet and Walnuts. You think that you know what a chocolate brownie should taste like? You almost certainly do not. This was in a different league to pretty much every brownie that we had ever tasted. Just gorgeous, with a strong, deeply chocolatey after taste, which lingered pleasingly for quite a while.
After dinner we stayed for a while to absorb the ambience, enjoy an excellent cup of coffee and listen to the sound of waves gently breaking on the beach just a metre or two away.
There are some excellent restaurants in the Marbella area and the establishments that enjoy a solid reputation are rewarded with a loyal customer base. Some would describe the devotion of Garum's regulars as fanaticism – but who would deny that they are wrong? Not us, that's for sure.