Michelin-Star Delicacies with a Sprinkling of Fantasy
Andalucía’s only Michelin two-star chef, Dani García, has written a new chapter of his celebrated culinary tale, with the opening in April of two original restaurant concepts in Marbella. Following the decision to move his local operations from Calima (in the Gran Meliá Don Pepe hotel) to Hotel Puente Romano, García has also taken the opportunity of creating two distinctive fine dining establishments: his main eponymous restaurant offering a tasting menu and a la carte; and the BiBo Andalucian Brasserie & Tapas, with a varied selection of Spanish and international cuisine.
The 2014 menu at Dani García Restaurante – which maintains its two Michelin stars – has been launched as “Once Upon a Time”, with the objective of giving the Costa del Sol-born chef full freedom to let his imagination flow – “a gastronomic journey through the world of fairytales”.
With his New York restaurant, Manzanilla NYC, having closed earlier this year after just 12 months (a decision made by his main business partner, in spite of good reviews for his “American-style” take on traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine), García says he is pleased to have been able to create a new personal project “without interferences and with which (he) can identify 100 per cent”.
He was philosophical after the New York closure, noting that the experience had been enriching, but he had been restricted in presenting his full portfolio of creative skills.
Also able to savour some reinvigorated “freedom” at the new restaurant are his diners. Each client has the option of “entering the interesting world of ‘Once Upon a Time’” or choosing from the a la carte menu.
The adjourning BiBo, meanwhile, offers a “fun experience with no borders”, adapted to the cosmopolitan tastes of diners, in a relaxed ambience, incorporating García’s global vision of cuisine, and “reviving the tradition of the legendary European brasseries”. It includes a Raw Bar & Oyster Bar, and offers organic produce from his own vegetable garden, cold meat cuts, steaks grilled over holm oak embers, or roasted in an oven heated using olive tree firewood, and a wide and varied range of tapas and dishes.
Both restaurants are being run by the Volapié restaurant chain, the chef’s new business partner.
García secured his first Michelin as head chef at Tragabuches in Ronda and, after he moved back to Marbella, Calima was awarded its first Michelin star in 2007 – three years later adding a second one.
Dani García Restaurante & BiBo Brasserie
Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella Golden Mile
Tel. (+34) 952 764 252 / 608 470 507
BiBo is open for brunch on the weekends.