Yucas Mare Restaurant, Benalmadena

After lurking around this restaurant for a few months, I finally got to enjoy a lunch at Yucas, just outside Benalmadena.

Yucas combines three different concepts in one place – a more luxurious Yucas Mare Restaurant on ground floor, Yucas Cafe & Bar on the first floor and the newly reopened beach bar called Mar de Copas (Sea of Cups). Each of these has its own menu, but they all share one thing in common – gorgeous sea views all around.

It tends to get very busy at weekends, so we avoided the crowds by booking a table for very early lunch start of the week, giving us the option to choose the best seats in the house.

The terrace offers a variety of seating options – there are indoor and outdoor tables for smaller or big groups, and then the glass cupolas which hold up to 3 tables each (seating 2 persons each).

The restaurant menu is a bit on the expensive side, but both the cafe and the beach bar have less fancy and more affordable dining options. It offers a very wide variety of fish dishes, with a good selection of meat dishes and also a few vegetarian options.

I took a bit of a gamble and ordered a Salmon Curry, something I would normally only order in an Indian restaurant. I have to say, it was better than any other curry I had – well balanced, with mix of textures, perfectly cooked salmon and the most delicious sauce. Unlike a traditional curry, it wasnt drowning in the sauce and didn’t feel heavy at all. Perfection.

My husband got a Caesar salad which he described as probably the best he had. The wine was also superb and service was really attentive and professional.

If you’re staying for a holiday somewhere near Benalmadena or even Malaga, it’s well worth the drive to try this place out.

I can’t wait to return and try the menu in the cafe and the beach bar!

Book a table: directly through their website or call +34 690 84 14 00

Opening times: open every day, 9am to 6pm (current restaurant restrictions only allow opening till 6pm, likely to be extended back to normal hours in summer)

Location: along the main coastal road N-340, just after roundabout towards Golf course, outside of Benalmadena costa.

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