by Morris Bishop
(San Pedro de Alcantara)
The approach to Mos Eisley
When last visiting Peggottys, our favourite Fish & Chippie on the coast, I noticed a new Restaurant next door that looked to have some style about it, and, had an interesting, if eclectic menu.
On our first attempt to dine there we found that the restaurant was hosting a ladies only function, and Owner Julie, pointed out in the nicest way that I did not comply! So we returned some weeks later to find a delightful, if quirky 30-seater dining room with a further 20 covers on the front terrace, and a pleasant multipurpose garden at the rear that is dominated by a central fountain, and besides being used for dining, has a weekend use to keep the kids happy with many organised events for them.
As most Star War aficionados will know, the name that they have called the restaurant comes from the bar of ill repute where Luke Skywalker meets Han Solo - but I haven’t the remotest idea why!
I love the lantern lighting and copper pipe decoration above and behind the bar, so imaginative, and a rarity in Spain - wooden floor boards. All together creating a very nice atmosphere to dine in.
At first I must admit that on scanning through the menu it seamed limited and indeed there are only the choice of 5 main courses, but when you find the 8 salads which can be as a starter or for mains, and look at the detailed description of each, one realises that they are more than just humble salads.
Their Tapas menu, for starters or bites, has 11 options and all but 3 sharing plates are 4€ or under. So we chose to share a Chicken, Avocado salad with a Japanese Sesame dressing and Orange segments (Yummy) and for mains, Grilled Rack of Lamb, roast mango, spiced vegetable with a Mango Sauce, and for me Grilled Wild Sea Bass with a lemon butter sauce, new potatoes, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, and carrots.
To end the meal 2 temptations in the form of a Lavender Cream Brule and a Sago pudding which I chose more of a challenge than for any other reason, because I doubted if the chef could make a dessert out of sago that I would actually like, to my amazement he did!
Little did we realise just how perfect (and I use this word advisedly) the whole meal was to prove to be, and on speaking to the Bilbaoan chef Enrique, he explained their stringent ingredient sourcing ethos, and the unique sauces created in house that make each of the dishes we tasted quite special.
Believe it or not, I am holding back from going OTT on this eatery.
Mos Eisley is in Calle de Ojen on El Pilar. Driving west on the N340 exit at km 166, when you see the Senator Banus Spa Hotel on the left, and turn right at the first service road junction, and in 50m straight on over cross road, then turn left in 25m and follow the road round for 150m to the restaurant on the left. Street parking.
Their day of rest is Monday.
They open for lunch & dinner. Menu del dia, 2 course choice from a 3 courses 9.50€; average 3 course meal with wine 25€
Reservations on +34 951 196 609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web:Mos Eisley
Bishlin marks out of 5
Please mention to the restaurateur that the restaurant was recommended in the "MarbellaFamilyFun.com" Newsletter. To see even more reviews on the best restaurants in Marbella, check out The Bishlin Guide.
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