El Higueron is a well-established restaurant sitting on the foothills of Sierra Mijas, by exit 217 from the main coastal highway (A7).
I had very high hopes before visiting and happy to report I wasn’t dissapointed.
It combines three of my favourite things, which are sometimes hard to find on Costa del Sol – great food made from fresh ingredients, immaculate service and amazing views.
I booked a table online for mid-week for an early dinner.
The restaurant has a few different spaces where you can enjoy a meal, but in the summer their outdoor terrace is the place to be.
I was lucky and got a table right by the edge with some spectacular views.
Despite the fact that the restaurant sits on top of the highway, you can’t really hear the traffic all that much.
There is a stream of water running at the edge of the terrace from the mill outside the restaurant, so all you hear is music and the trickling sounds of water.
The views were certainly one of the highlights of the experience – it’s probably one of the highest set restaurants in the area of Fuengirola, and one with a very easy access.
The Summer Terrace
By far the biggest space in the restaurant, the outdoor terrace is the ultimate summer dining experience.
There are lots of seating options for big and small groups, and a few different areas to enjoy your meal or cocktail.
While I was there, it got very busy but didn’t feel overcrowded or too noisy.
The Food at El Higueron
The menu at the restaurant is a breath of fresh air – innovative, creative and with intersting flavour combinations.
Starting with a piece of fresh crunchy sourdough bread (I could eat a whole loaf if they would bring it!), with a small selection of trimmings – tapenade, gherkins and fresh baquette.
I was most intrigued by their traditional stews – not your typical summer meal choice, but I wanted to try these for a long time. They had Austrian bean stew, beans with clams, potatoes with prawns and also two types of rice dishes.
I chose the potatoes with prawns in seafood broth with Basque chilli – the dish looks simple, but its packed with flavour! It was also a huge portion that came in a traditional pot, a lovely way to make the dinning experience more like a dinner at home.
My husband was more into the grill and meat section and picked the sirloin medailons with sweet mustard and port sauce, served with grilled vegetables. The meal got compliments from him too.
We also shared one starter – eggs with truffle, which was beautifully presented, but for me the leeks ruined the flavor of the dish.
We finished our meal with a cup of decaf coffee which arrived with a selection of mini desserts, a pleasant surprise.
Overall, the quality of the ingredients and execution of the dishes were superb, and I would not hesitate returning here very soon.
El Higueron Restaurant – Visitor Information
Location: exit 217 on the highway in the direction of Malaga
Opening hours: from 9 am till midnight, the kitchen is open all-day
Menu: available online here. Kids menu also available.
Parking: there is parking right next to the restaurant entrance, and more parking spaces on the lower level on the right side to the restaurant
Note – if you want to make a reservation, they will take your card details. They charge 20 euro per person in case of cancellation within 24 hours before your booking. Which for two people will be 40 euro, quite a substantial amount of money. Make sure you can stick to your reservation time/day.