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Saturday, April 12, 2014
“Best fish restaurant in Gibraltar & Spain?”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 December 2013

I recently had the pleasure of having a beautiful, al-fresco lunch at La Mamela. I've visited Gibraltar many times but had not been able to visit this much talked about restaurant for one reason or another. This time, I managed to do so and was very glad I did! 

My first choice of starter (Salmorejo - cold Andalusian soup) was unavailable due to it being, as the very friendly waiter put it, 'it is winter here and we don't serve cold soup in the cold'. I looked through my sunglasses out over the balcony at the glittering blue sea, the blue skies and sun shining down on us and looked back at the waiter. 'This is winter' I asked incredulously....he smiled and shrugged his shoulders. He then recommended I have some hot soup and suggested the fisherman's soup. I was glad I did as this soup, full of assorted seafood, was simple and delicious. My husband had the gorgeous, sizzling, chilli garlic prawns served in their own little wok - delicious!

For the main course, we opted for the seafood paella which was AMAZING! Absolutely loved it...washed down with some lovely red wine. Glorious! We skipped dessert as were too full. So 2 starters + 2 mains and half a carafe of red wine, a bottle of sparkling water and a coke was £55. Not bad at all.

We loved the food so much that we returned 2 nights later for dinner this time and were not disappointed. This time there were 3 of us and after 3 starters, 3 mains and 1 dessert with 3 beers, half a carafe of red wine, a bottle of water and 2 cokes the bill was £115. 

Definitely one of the best locations in Gibraltar for outdoor dining if you can get a table on the terrace. Book in advance for sure as they do get pretty full for both lunch and dinner. Friendly manager and staff...happy to recommend and explain dishes to you. If you dine inside the restaurant, turn left at the front door and you could be sitting amongst Lords...as a couple of the tables actually had a group of Lords visiting for dinner once and each chair bears a plaque with the name of the Lord who sat there. 

Look forward to our next visit.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 starsValue
    • 4 of 5 starsAtmosphere
    • 5 of 5 starsService
    • 5 of 5 starsFood
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