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Enjoy the best of both worlds at “Maria” in Los Abrigos 

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When you choose somewhere to go out for a meal, do you opt for the quality of the dishes served or is location the deciding factor?

You get the very best of both worlds if you visit “Maria” at its new location overlooking the sea at Los Abrigos. Great food, a great position, a varied choice and prices to suit all pockets. What more could you ask for?

“Maria” was originally based at the Nautico suite in Golf del Sur and attracted many followers of all nationalities who might well have been disappointed to find it was no longer there.

Fortunately, it has only relocated, to Los Abrigos, near Las Chafiras, and is still run by Patricia and Sarah with the same ethos and same approach to presenting the best of Mediterranean food, specialising in meat and fish.

Patricia, who is in the kitchen with the help of Stalin, has an Argentinian/Italian heritage and therefore has many culinary resources to draw on. Sarah is in charge of front of house and their combined expertise really shows. They have tremen-dous pride in what they do and this shines through, with lovely touches and attention to detail reflected not just in the dishes they serve but in the decor, the ambience, the cleanliness and so on.

The former location of the restaurant was in a lovely setting too but so is the new venue on the Los Abrigos harbour. You can sit inside or out. The inside of “Maria” is modern with subdued lighting at night and candles. If you take a table on the front terrace, you are just yards away from the ocean and can watch the world go by. Los Abrigos is, of course, a very popular haunt and we have a feeling that “Maria” is going to be a jewel in its crown.

Our review night generated many exclamations of “gorgeous” but that was even before we made our choices (which was difficult enough!).

The restaurant opens at 1pm and serves its main menu all day and night but at the weekend until 5pm, you can enjoy brunch with at least 16 offerings such as bagel with cheese and salad with chips (four euros), serrano and manchego baguette (3.50 euros) or cheeseburger with salad and chips (7.50 euros).

We found that the main menu offers dishes at various prices so you can spend as much or as little per head as you want. For instance, a creamy prawn curry, served with mango chutney, aromatic rice with ginger, raisins and almonds, is just ten euros whilst salmon with herb butter, sauteed spinach and saffron rice is 13 euros and a fresh fish and seafood plater for two is 25 euros.

For my starter, I had mixed tempura (seven euros) which is virtually a meal in itself. My plate came with a selection of vegetables and prawns in the lightest of batter, served with a soy sauce. Exquisite, especially the green beans and mushrooms. My husband opted for the home-made fish cakes with ali oli and was also delighted.

Patricia really appreciates how a steak should be cooked and there was not one centimetre of fat or grissle when my dining partner’s choice of fillet steak served with a criolla sauce, sauteed mushrooms and crispy carrots (15 euros) arrived. I just had to have the pork loin in pepper and honey rub, served with red fruit chutney and rosemary sauteed potatoes (14 euros) because this is exactly the combination of flavours I love. The meat of both dishes was tender and just fell apart.

If you have any special dietary request, please do ask as both Sarah and Patricia are very knowledgeable about such matters and can cater for anyone with allergies or gluten intolerance.

Patricia and Sarah will be offering a daily special, such as fresh pasta, and you will also be tempted by the home-made desserts listed on the blackboard. We just had to share a “Maria” apple cake with caramelized nuts and ice-cream (five euros) which was wonderful.

All of our dishes were served on beautiful arty white plates with signature swirls.

Drink prices are very reasonable, ranging from 2.50 euros for a large Dorada, 2.50 euros for a glass of cava and wine starting from 12 euros a bottle. It was a delight not to find inflated prices and you can enjoy a cocktail from as little as 3.50 euros, like the Kir Royale we sipped as the sun went down in front of us.

After your meal, why not enjoy a coffee, hot chocolate or speciality tea as a perfect way to round off a brilliant time.

“Maria” offers free wifi and can cater for private parties or special celebrations. Just get in touch because, like us, you will be thrilled with what you find.

RS

“Maria” Restaurant, Calle La Marina 30, Los Abrigos

Tel: 922 17 02 44

Email: mariarestaurantebar@hotmail.com

www.mariarestaurantebar.com

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