Casa Carlos used to be known as El Mirador, but it underwent a change of ownership and a refurbishment during the pandemic, so we decided to go and check it out.

The location is fabulous – at one side of Marina Rubicon, with views out to sea from the terrace, which is cleverly built to allow sections to be used to provide shade or protection from the wind.

The restaurant feels upmarket, with really nicely laid tables and a simply huge wine list. We were served  by several different staff during our stay, always with the best attention.

The menu is described as “Mediterranean” and is really extensive, covering rice and pasta dishes, lots of fish dishes, pizzas and a big selection of steaks. There were also several specials on the evening we were there, which the team explained to us.

For our starters we chose to share a Chicken Caesar Salad, and Scampi Diablo. The former was a fabulous and very authentic Caesar Salad, with tasty chicken pieces, croutons and lashings of dressing. The latter was a pretty standard Gambas al Ajillo with the addition of tomato – nicely cooked, but we had hoped for something a little different, based on the menu name. The starters were pretty big, and on reflection, we could easily have managed with one between us!

For our mains, Julie went for Yaiza Lamb Shoulder, which is slow cooked for 22 hours in a reduction of honey and Rosemary. Both the lamb and the sauce were fabulous, really well seasoned, and served with sauté potatoes and fresh vegetables.

I chose a steak from the specials – it was a bone-in steak, but with the rib eye side of a T-bone, my favourite cut of steak. It was perfectly cooked with a nice sear, and as always with a rib eye, it was the best combination of tenderness and flavour. It came with fries.

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We enjoyed it with a delicious Tempranillo from a huge wine list, and it was properly presented into us, and fitted with an aerator.

For my dessert, I went with a Chocolate volcano served with Gran Marnier Ice Cream. I found it a little over sweet, with too much chocolate syrup. Julie tried the Creme Brûlée, which tasted superb and was the perfect end to the meal.

This was a special occasion, so we didn’t hold back on the standard of wine, or the price of the dishes. Our total bill was €147, but you could enjoy three courses at Casa Carlos for half that price.

Casa Carlos is at Calle Moral 1, Marina Rubicon, Playa Blanca.

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