One of the rare pleasures of Marbella is dining under the stars.
Living here year round, we can get blasé about just how fabulous enjoying great food in a beautiful setting can be. So if you are feeling that Marbella has lost some of its sparkle, an evening at Oak Garden and Grill will remind you just how lucky we are to live here.
Oak Garden and Grill is now firmly established as a “must do” restaurant. I reviewed Oak just after it opened and was blown away by the passion and professionalism of all involved. And, two years later, both those traits are still very much in evidence
Oak Garden and Grill is part of the hugely successful Sala Group. Converted from a private villa next to La Sala, the restaurant features an open wood decked terrace with wooden beams, wonderful olive tree and plenty of climbing plants that give Oak a superb atmosphere, and as you expect, there are a lot of wood and brown shades. Soft reggae versions of modern pop songs were playing in the background. Lights hang from the beams and the cork tree in the middle of the terrace, there were candles on the tables and the restaurant enjoys views across the fields to La Concha. It really is one of the most beautiful settings in Marbella.
The kitchen is open plan and features a huge grill that is crucial to the incredible flavours. The base of the grill is first lined with charcoal to ensure that the heat is maintained and that the steak achieves a crisp caramelised exterior with a pink or red centre that can only be achieved by using charcoal.
The grill is then covered with aged oak that creates a unique flavour, due to the sugar crystals in the slow burning oak that caramelises in the intense heat. This produces a fruity scent that combines with the distinctive smokey fragrance of the wood.
We started with Langoustines and Sea Bass Peruvian Cervice with Mango, Avocado and Tigers Milk, the Norwegian Salmon Tatare marinated with Ponzu Sauce, Ginger, Toasted Sesame Seed, Wakame, Tobico, Wasabi and Sriracha Mayonnaise and a Fresh Burrata with Rocket Salad, Organic Tomatoes and Pesto Dressing.
Mains were Chargrilled Fillet Mignon with Half Lobster barbequed with Lemon and Herb Butter, a Brochette of Premium Galician Beef Picaña and, proving that it’s not all about meat, Thai style grilled Sea Bass and Papaya Salad served with Nam Jim Sau.
Keen readers will observe that I haven’t described the flavours of each dish individually. This is mainly down to one important reason.
Everything, and I do mean everything, in every aspect, was superb. No superfluous descriptions are needed. It really is that good!
For dessert we chose a tasty soufflé as well as an excellent Chocolate Mousse with Brownie and Pistachio with Orange Sorbet.
The Oak Garden and Grill experience gets even better with a series of promotions currently on offer. They include Chateaubriand for two with a free bottle of Oak Premium Red Wine, available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and a complimentary bottle of Oak house wine when dining between 6-7.30pm. There is even a table magician and massage at the table available, while several tables of well-behaved children where taking advantage of the early dining options.
The next morning, after the meal, I received message from my dining companion “Best meal we have had so far this summer,” he wrote “Presentation, food quality, service, ambience, all amazing!”
I couldn’t have put it better myself…
Tel: +34 951 319 411