IT is the one place that most tourists to Marbella insist on being seen at.
With its bustling terrace, stylish interior and enough entertainment to keep, well, half of the premiership and TOWIE engrossed, it is no surprise La Sala has seen fabulous growth this year.
Now in its fifth year, the emblematic Banus restaurant has seen an upturn of nearly 20% on 2014 and counts regularly over 400 covers a day.
And it is no surprise, the way the 500m-plus square restaurant ticks the boxes with its clever balance of stardust, price and quality.
On a recent busy Sunday, punters were clamouring to get a table on the roundabout, where leading estate agent Kristina Szekely used to have her HQ.
A line up of singers were on hand to entertain the clientele mostly piling into the excellent Sunday roast menu, with its four special starters and six main courses, alongside the usual trimmings.
But they hardly really needed to, with the food being good enough to stand up and be counted on its own.
On a weekend outing with my children and their grandma, we were quickly tucking into a big bowl of suitably crunchy home-made pork scratching, which the kids loved.
Their own special children’s menu proved popular too and my son’s cod and chips, with proper crinkly cut chips, created the weekend’s biggest smile.
Service was professional and quick and the extra information given out with the wine list was useful and, if anything, weighted towards the better value bottles.
Eschewing the popular Sunday roast offering for the normal a la carte menu, I was impressed with the sizeable range of starters, which includes delicious Panko-coated butterfly king shrimps served with homemade mild curry mayonnaise.
A beef carpaccio with Pecorino cheese and an olive tapenade and sun-dried tomatoes was surprisingly fresh, while the parcels of smoke salmon, with avocado, lettuce and capers and horseradish mayonnaise was a distinct winner.
The scallop salad with bacon, rocket and citrus dressing was also excellent.
But it was my main course of beef ribs with bbq sauce – a long time favourite – continues to be the best such offering on the coast.
While it comes out in Texas proportions, it remains incredibly succulent and is enough to put the smile on the face of any professional footballer in need of sustenance.
Perhaps conceived by the Premiership boys, including Stephen Carr and David Bentley and Shay Given, who are key investors in the project, it certainly pulls no punches.
Hatrick to the gang at La Sala!
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