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Tuk Tuk Asian Fusion restaurant offers culinary creativity at its best. Taking ingredients from across cultural  boundaries and adding a touch of personal flair, the Tuk Tuk team creates dishes which reinvent classic Asian flavours with contemporary ingenuity.

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Like the different races and religions that make up the human race, fusion binds different regional cuisines into one glorious, outstanding flavour profile. This pretty much sums up my experience at Tuk Tuk. Since its glamour-heavy opening in June, the Marbella glitterati have flocked to this
picturesque location in Aloha. The übersophisticated décor created by Foc Design wins hearts by creating an unbeatably eclectic ambience in which diners can luxuriate. With so much natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the challenge was to soften the interior to prevent the space feeling too clinical and open – an unusual request for a commercial location.

The colours used are neutral but warm and light-reflecting textures and materials have been cleverly employed. By dropping capiz shell pendant lights over the tables and changing one side to a more casual, chill out area the team has transformed the interior space into a welcoming, comfortable venue without making it feel stuffy. A highlight has to be the glass kitchen, a fine spot to watch the chefs hand-rolling sushi, perhaps, or preparing the popular Calamar Picante. The exterior is where the magic happens: Aloha Garden’s two tier waterfall is the restaurant’s backdrop, along with the resident ducks. With the addition of neutral tablecloths and ornate Asian-inspired parasols, TukTuk’s terrace has been transformed into a little oasis in the heart of Nueva Andalucía.

After being shown to our table we were soon sipping the restaurant’s signature cocktails, listening to sultry acoustic versions of well known classics, while the waterfall created an unprecedented atmosphere that is both intimate and festive - a cooling romantic delight for diners to enjoy before the eatery’s food wows their palates. 

We were sitting next to two Chanel toting socialites who told us that they had dined here for four evenings of their seven day holiday, while the family behind us proudly boasted that this was their third night on the trot. Even my Mum called me the other day to tell me that her neighbour had found this gem of a place where the food was to die for. Yes you guessed it, this was also Tuk Tuk. The amount of returning clients speaks for itself.

It was the special touches that set Tuk Tuk apart from the rest. The offer of complimentary Japanese fans to stop your makeup melting, jewelled handbag hooks to hold your latest Louis Vuitton, homemade crumbly coconut and cinnamon cookies served with coffee and even colouring books for the little ones.

The staff is aware that happy children means that parents will stay longer. And now for the food: I know this is supposed to be a food review but dining at Tuk Tuk is much more than simply refuelling your body. It is a whole experience to be savoured, every detail specific and deliberate, the familiar combined with the exotic.

The menu itself is a combination of current lifestyle trends and classic Asian dishes that ensures a unique experience every time. Head Chef, Kenneth Cabela has taken the culinary scene by storm, creating enchanting cuisine with a twist of fusion; bringing together quality Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese ingredients and spices to offer new dining experiences that reflect the Asian world. Tuk Tuk is one of the first restaurants in Marbella to venture away from the standard Chinese model that most of its competitors follow. 

We began our meal with the Thai Fish Cakes, which were the finest I have ever tasted - even better than my own and, believe me, mine are top notch! The combination of the salmon, shrimp and sole served with a spicy green curry sauce on a bed of sautéed mushroom pak choy, took the taste buds on a journey through layers of earthy, sweet and aromatic flavours. Next came the crowd-pleasing dish of cloud-light Squid and Spring Onion
Dim Sum served with just enough tangy Thai mango relish. These little dumplings are fit for royalty. Our final starter was where the blending of traditional and fusion elements were most evident; the deep fried Spring Roll filled with chicken, shrimp, mayonnaise and sweet and sour sauce, light in texture, yet deep and rich in flavour. 

If that hasn’t got your taste buds tingling, for our main course we opted for the assertively grilled and yet succulently tender Lamb Chops, accompanied by Sweet Potato Chips and Chinese Five Spice Sautéed Spinach with a cooling Coriander and Mint Dressing.

Asian restaurants are usually let down by their desserts, so I was anticipating disappointment. However, to my surprise we ended on a high, with a sticky Banana Fritter rolled with palm sugar and offset by a Passion Fruit and Mango Sorbet, which created an interesting textural contrast. It was beautiful to behold and exquisite to consume.

The attentive and friendly staff members are also on hand to provide you with wine suggestions for the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily and from 4pm to 7pm it’s cocktail time. The musical tempo picks up and you can sample the creative concoctions from the resident mixologist. 

The location, diverse menu and seamless service combine to make this an ideal place to impress your guests. If you decide to get your fusion flavour fix at Tuk Tuk, the culinary sensation is bound to thrill. Nothing fortifies the eclectic and hungry soul quite as wonderfully as the Asian fusion cuisine at
this much buzzed about restaurant.

Tuk Tuk Asian Fusion
Opening times: Mon - Sun
Lunch 12:00 – 1600 Dinner – 19:00 – late
Cocktails – 16:00 – 19:00
Urb. Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucia
Tel + 34 951 27 91 88
tuktukmarbella.com

 

 

 

 
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