Calle Ibiza 12, Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, 29639
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Special occasions
Expert review of La Perla
La Perla is my favourite restaurant in Benalmadena Pueblo, or the ‘old town'. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but when you sample the food, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. The head chef, Juan Aguilar, creates old-school Spanish favourites alongside more modern dishes - and all are presented with his distinctive, creative flair.
And herein lies La Perla’s strength: the menu. Cod steaks in a pil pil sauce, Cantabrian mussels, and Segovian-style lamb are my highlights of the mains.
It’s not exactly at the cutting edge of cool (think: dessert trolleys and red velour-cushioned seating) but the 1970s-style décor doesn’t detract from the genuinely welcoming feel of the place. There’s always a good buzz in the dining area and it’s popular with local foreign residents.
The service is incredibly good. The waiting staff never get in the way or stop conversation flowing, but they are always near and very attentive when you need them.
In the middle of the white-washed village, it’s on the right hand side of the main road going down towards the Urbanisation Sierrezula.
It’s probably just a touch more expensive than other restaurants in the village. Wine is considerably more, however, with a bottle of sauvignon blanc costing around 25 euros.
More information on La Perla:
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- Calle Ibiza 12, Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena, Costa del Sol, 29639
- +34 952 568 166
- Opening times:
- Daily from 7pm-11.30pm
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times