Welcome to La Mar Chica
Inspired and sourced by the land, mountains and sea that surrounds us, all dishes are homemade of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Our intimate living-room restaurant is open for dinner for a maximum of 8 tables and have capacity for a maximum of 22 guests at a time, in order to offer you a personal experience with focus on good food, interesting combinations and great service.
Dutch head chef and owner Dennis Van Tintelen composes the monthly-changing menu with inspiration from his international experience in Michelin star restaurants, and his favourite culinary corners of the world, be it New Nordic cuisine, Spanish or Asian...
Restaurant La Mar Chica is located in the typical Andalusian White Village of Benalmádena Pueblo, with narrow cobblestone streets and flowers in front of every house. Benalmádena Pueblo is a short drive from the coast between Malaga and Marbella on Costa Del Sol, Spain.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Dennis & Kikki
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY ABOUT US...
"We, a group of three, visited La Mar Chica in February 2020. We had a seven course meal with wine menu. The courses and the wine were chef's choice, which was handled perfectly!
La Mar Chica is truly a hidden gem where the owners have managed to create something very special with regards to both food and atmosphere. I would describe the kitchen as modern and experimental with an emphasis on quality ingredients.
Everything tastes and feels like a great deal of work has been put into creating a delicious meal for the guests.
You are taken care of at La Mar Chica as if you were a guest in the their home.
The service is warm, accommodating and very aware of the needs and wants of the guests. I will definitely be back next time I am in the area.
My warmest recommendation goes to La Mar Chica.
Remember to book in advance, as there are only 7 tables in the restaurant."
"We visited this restaurant for the second time now and we have to say it’s even better, way better then the first time!!
The menu is completely new and creative with the use of emoji they really know how to make dinning out fun!
We had the 6 course menu with wine pairing and it was amazing!
It’s incredible how they turn simple ingredients into something so unbelievably tasty! The mackerel was a genius dish! The onion soup was so well balanced with a cannelloni of feta!! How do you come up with that! After that we had cod with the most incredible sauce of lemongrass to die for! After a amazing dish of different preparations of corn we had a sublime duck breast with cherries and a Chinese pepper sauce. All was high class and Michelin-star level!
The wines and service were also on the same level! But the dessert was something we never ever had before!
Pannacotta of buttermilk and Rose! With a jam of red cabbage and homemade blackberry sorbet!! It’s all so good !!
Unfortunately we are only back around September but we will definitely coming back!!
Dennis & Kikki thanks again for a great evening we hope to have a lot more of that with you!!!e.."
(Source: TripAdvisor, July 2020)
We are Dennis and Kikki, we opened La Mar Chica in March 2019 with the passion of providing guests a personal restaurant experience with focus on high quality at affordable prices.
We take great pride in making everything homemade - from our bread to ice cream - to ensure flavours and quality! And simply because we cannot help it!
We cook with what's in season and you'll often find us foraging in the Andalusian nature for produce to use in our menu.
Dennis is from the Netherlands, and has more than 20 years of experience as chef from across the World; the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Caribbean and Spain. He is schooled in the classical French cooking, with experience from working in Michelin restaurants and from working closely alongside Michelin chefs such as Herman den Blijker and Ron Blauw. Dennis has previously owned two restaurants in the Netherlands.
Kikki, originally from Denmark, has International hospitality and event management experience. She is responsible for front of house, and for selecting our favourite wines.
We look forward to welcoming you into our living-room restaurant!
Dennis & Kikki
Restaurant La Mar Chica