If you are looking for a place to wine or dine, with a focus on gastronomy and panache, then look no further than El Paseo Del Mar at the newly re-designed Kempinski Hotel Bahia.
We were delighted and extremely fortunate to be invited, to what can only be described as a banquet, to sample highlights from the menu and view the stunning new lobby design and refreshed culinary outlets.
Prior to dining we were treated to a selection of delightful cocktails in Black Rose The Bar, a cocktail bar and lounge which forms part of the new concept.
Chef Santiago Guerrero greeted us with a mouthwatering explanation of the dishes we were about to enjoy. Coupled with suitable wines with each course the whole experience was very special.
We failed the social media krypton factor test, so you will not see many photos of the food intact as we dove straight in!
Dishes that we had for Starters were –
SEABASS ceviche with avocado, lime & spring onion
GRILLED OCTOPUS with potato puree & smoked paprika
TIGER PRAWN pil-pil with garlic & chili
ROASTED SQUASH salad with GOAT CHEESE, lentils, soft herbs & toasted seeds
BURRATA with heirloom tomatoes, crispy capers & rocket
For main course we chose Steak & Lobster and Lobster & Rice
Followed by a selection of Deserts
LEMON TART with lime syrup & whipped meringue
CHOCOLATE PUDDING with hazelnut praline & salted caramel ice cream
CREMA CATALANA with toasted pine nuts, candied orange & almond
Refined yet cool, the Baltazár Bar & Grill poolside restaurant celebrates fresh ingredients, prepared with love. The chef’s utilise a Josper Grill and Tandoor oven to cook the best cuts of regional meat and fish to perfection. With a funky interior, the Baltázar experience blends Andalusian design with a cool vibe, providing guests with a very special dining experience overlooking Kempinski Hotel Bahia’s beautiful pools and gardens.
As there was a job to do on behalf of Team Marbella Now, we felt duty bound to make sure we sampled as much of the full dining experience as possible – you’re welcome! Our fellow diners agreed that the level of service and culinary delights are well worth a return visit in the near future.
One stand-out point, but it may sound strange at first, was the bread & butter. You know when you visit a tapas restaurant the measure of a the place is in the Russian Salad and likewise a fine dining restaurant for us (Nicole and I agreed) the standard can be measured from the bread & butter. It was delicious. I’m fairly certain that they thought we were exaggerating with the noises we were making, but honestly it was that fabulous.
On speaking with Chef Santiago we found out an added bonus which really made a difference, is that it is made in a local bakery to his exact recipe. That put a big smile on our faces and this is how it should be done. Working hand in hand with the local community to help boost the economy on a wider scale.
Well done all at The Kempinksi Hotel Bahia #BetterTogether