There is no shortage of restaurants in Mijas – but there are a few that stand out either for the outstanding quality of their food, their excellent service or their convenient location.
And it’s only a very select handful that get high marks on all three.
Top of the list at Max Beach. Its privileged location by the sea on the Riviera, with direct access from the paseo that winds along the coast, offers excellent views, the meals are excellent and the efficient staff are always ready to help without being too intrusive. .
What more could you want? You won’t know the answer until you visit Max Beach. When it reopened after a massive refurbishment last summer it was hard to say how it could improve, but it just does!
And it’s not just about their new menu, which features an Asian fusion theme as well as more ‘European’ dishes.
For those not in the know, Max Beach is more than a high-quality restaurant – it’s also a lively and exclusive beach club.
The pool has long been a favorite spot for those looking for a place to relax while enjoying great sushi and snacks while sipping a cocktail or two.
But the food offering has been further enhanced with the introduction of appetizing sharing platters. Top of the line is the Monte Carlo cold seafood platter with oysters, lobster, king crab, king prawns and more.
And what better place to enjoy sharing than in the two new “wet” and “dry” VIP areas with stunning views of the DJ Theatre?
All of this creates a buzzing atmosphere with the best beats accompanied by the best food.
Mao Chinese Restaurant, part of the Max Beach complex, has seen a resurgence in popularity with its new menu, which offers authentic Asian cuisine and is a far cry from the “standard Chinos” found on the Costa del Sol.
But as tempting as it was to sample Mao’s latest delicacies, I headed to the Max Beach restaurant. This has a more laid-back Boho-themed vibe than the pool party vibe, and is no less enjoyable whether indoors or on the cozy terraces.
Myself, my wife Sandra and my daughter Liliana avoided sharing platters – extremely tempting – and decided to do a mini-tour of the world via our plates!
Japanese-style octopus has the rare distinction of being both melty and crispy. I was concerned that the wasabi ali-oli would overpower the flavor, but it was judged to be spot on.
Lili stayed closer to home, starting with Mediterranean prawns. A substantial portion of shrimp was cooked with just the right amount of chili, white wine, roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes to balance the flavors perfectly.
Sandra opted for a taste of Italy with a Burrata Berry Caprese salad and was not disappointed with the fresh berries, burrata cheese, avocado, basil and lemon vinaigrette.
Being a meat lover, I headed to the Josper Charcoal Grill for a rack of lamb cooked to perfection/ blushing pink on the inside and smoky grilled on the outside.
Sandra wasn’t disappointed with her seared Mediterranean sea bass, while Lili got a taste of Japan with her raw Asian sea bass Tuna Poke.
After eating well, we skipped dessert, tempting as it was, and walked the meal along the boardwalk. With a nighttime view of the Mediterranean, it was the perfect way to end a delicious dinner.
CTRA. A7, KM 198.1
URB RIVIERA DEL SOL
PARCELA PLAYA MAX BEACH
29649 MIJAS COSTA
TEL: 952 930 858