Eating Out at Puente Romano, Marbella

Puente Romano is a hotel and foodie destination by the beach in sunny Marbella. I first visited the property a few years ago to write about the rooms and area… my second trip (last month) was more of a culinary tour to experience some of the top restaurants on site.

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The flights from London to Malaga airport are quick, cheap and regular, making this hotel particularly popular with British holidaymakers. The skies are blue almost year-round and we were able to sunbathe, even in October! I was visiting with three other brilliant bloggers Mondomulia, Urban Pixxels and Elensham… we all checked into luxurious suites around the property and settled in before our first feast.

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Our first lunch was spent at El Chiringuito, one of the more recent restaurant openings at Puente Romano. Located on the edge of the beach, this eatery has a relaxed and carefree vibe. Pop in for a snack or indulge with a three course meal. The menu has an assortment of easy and tasty dishes, from antipasti to burgers, grilled seafood and colourful salads. Highlights from the menu for me were the creamy burrata with peppers and fried capers and the Smoked aubergine with homemade pesto. I also loved the spicy coconut mojitos!

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The hotel are very proud to be home to the new Nobu outpost in Marbella. These refined and renowned Japanese restaurants serve the finest sushi, sashimi and classical Japanese dishes with a Peruvian twist. Even though I don’t eat fish, I was stunned by the exceptional Wagyu Beef Miso Anticucho, though at 45 euros a plate it’s not easy on the wallet! For vegetarians, the vegetable tempura and vegetarian sushi are both fresh and delicious, and perfect for a light lunch in the blazing sunshine.

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There are plenty of opportunities to taste authentic Spanish food whilst staying at Puente Romano. Try the food of Dani Garcia at his tapas restaurant or have a cooking lesson with one of the hotel chefs. We learnt the basic rules for making paella – the traditional Spanish rice dish. Most often this hearty recipe includes fresh seafood, but we also tasted a rustic rabbit version, which was wholesome and delicious.

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Health-conscious guests should try Rachel’s Organic Cafe, a colourful eatery serving flavoursome salads, wraps, smoothies and juices. Enjoy your lunch on the lovely sheltered terrace before relaxing post meal by the quiet and idyllic pool. From the menu I can highly recommend the ‘No Pasta Pasta’, courgetti with bolognaise sauce or pesto and topped with parmesan. For dessert we all gorged on sweet and refreshing coconut ice-cream, freshly made at the hotel.

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Mid-afternoon snacks and coffee kicks are best enjoyed at Celicoso, the gluten-free cafe. Opt for a slice of cake or a mini macaron… amazingly most of the sweet treats are also vegan suitable.

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We enjoyed a particularly colourful breakfast in our suites each morning. The morning feast included churros with chocolate sauce, toast with a light tomato dressing, the sweetest fresh fruits, croissants and coffee.

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Many guests who visit Puente Romano don’t step foot outside the hotel, everything you need is here. But I would encourage you to hire a bike from the hotel and take the short ride, along the sea, to Marbella old town. Here you can enjoy a drink and churros in the orange square or take a fascinating olive oil class from the expert team at D’Oliva. We learnt that Spain produces 55% of the world’s olive oil and also tasted the award winning number one oil… a strong and fruity oil with depth and a lovely smooth finish.

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Thanks to the great company and tasty food I had a great time on my foodie pilgrimage at Puente Romano. If you, like me, love sun and food, this luxurious culinary retreat is the perfect place for you to enjoy a few days away from city life.

More information and book a stay at Puente Romano here.

Harrods Christmas Hampers

With Halloween out the way we can now look forward to the festive season, and I am particularly excited about the arrival of this year’s famous Harrods Christmas Hampers. The lovely Harrods team sent me this beautiful basket full of traditional and unique treats to get my pantry fully stocked in preparation for Christmas.

Harrods Christmas Hampers

Like me, my entire family are real foodies, so when I am stuck for present ideas I always head towards the food aisles in London’s favourite department stores to pick up delicious stocking fillers.

This year there are over 30 Harrods hampers to choose from… enjoy the simple indulgences of the ‘Champagne & Truffles’ set for £35, or go all out with the lavish ‘Ultimate’ hamper for £5000 (which has an amazing range of products and ingredients piled high in three wicker hampers!)

Harrods Christmas Hampers

I absolutely love my Belgravia Hamper. Priced at £400 this luxurious hamper has a selection of fine wines, biscuits & cakes, jams & chutneys, teas and chocolates. It is a great size for a generous family Christmas with special and sophisticated products to suit each and every family member.

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As I searched through my wondrous box I spotted a few items I think will particularly suit my family…

Raspberry & Rose Petal Preserve will be a hit with my mum who loves interesting flavoured jams to use in her baking. Sea-Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is the perfect gift for my little sister who is addicted to hot chocolate drinks as a substitute to tea and coffee. My grandmother loves marmalade so I can’t wait to give her the regal ‘thick-cut’ Harrods version and for my dad… well he’d love the coffee, the wine or the high quality olive oil!

I’m excited about tucking into the rich biscuits and fine teas… I can’t think of anything more festive than settling down in the front of the fire, Christmas film on and a cup of the finest Harrods tea in hand.

More information and buy a Harrods Christmas Hamper here.

Haerlin Restaurant, Hamburg

Foodies who visit Hamburg will want to know all about Haerlin, one of three restaurants in the city to hold the prestigious 2 Michelin star status. This refined eatery is discreetly located in the luxurious Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, a traditional but sophisticated dining room.

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Haerlin is named after the family who owned the hotel from 1897 to 1989, before it became part of the Fairmont Group. Christoph Rüffer has been the chef here since 2002, he uses only the finest ingredients to produce exceptional plates of food, and has won a handful of accolades and awards for his work here.

After a drink in the beautiful hotel bar we were escorted to our table for a special dinner designed by Christoph. The waiters took care of everything and we were left to just enjoy every moment of the meal. Keen to also showcase the wine list the sommelier treated us to a short wine pairing and non-alcoholic drink pairing for my sister. It was incredibly thoughtful, especially the non-alcoholic suggestions, an offering I have never experienced in a fine dining restaurant before.

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Just before each plate arrived a small card was placed in front of us, with all of the details about the upcoming course. Burrata with coriander was a joy to bite into, Carrots with Fennel pollen stock & Sorrel was a miniature work of art.

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Tomato Salad with Oregano sounded simple, a homage to the humble tomato, but it was an explosion of different sweet and acidic tastes. The kitchen team source all their tomatoes from the best local producer, picking a range of unusual varieties like the unique ‘Dancing with Smurfs’ dark purple tomatoes. It was light and fresh, a reminder of the dwindling warm weather.

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Next we enjoyed a beautiful piece of Schonmoorer free-range Chicken with Porcini Mushroom & Albufera jus. The perfectly cooked chicken was paired with woody mushrooms and a rich and luscious sauce.

For the main course Haunch of Venison from the Segeberger Forest with Pineapplecherrys & Juniper. It was a regal and dramatic dish, velvety meat with a bitter fruity kick from the juniper.

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The dessert was a showstopper, a incredible ruby red pudding on a lovely turquoise plate. The “Atlander” Cherries with Elderflowers & “Eppendorfer Summer Dew” was an immaculate construction, every element used a different method of cooking, and worked brilliantly together.

Our dinner at Haerlin was an exciting culinary extravaganza from start to finish. Every course was delicious but it was the attention to detail and extra little bites in between courses which made the meal so memorable.

More information and book a table at Haerlin here.