La Perla

Address: Calle Ibiza 12, Benalmadena Pueblo, Benalmadena, 29639, Spain
Telephone: +34 952 568 166

- Expensive

3.6

Spanish food at its best - and served with panache.

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.

Food and drink
3.9
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Service
3.9
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Food and drink
3.9
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Value for money
3.6
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Ambience
3.4
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Location
3.3
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Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

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.

Location

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.

Price advice

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Special occasions

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