[Spain: Fuengirola] Los Marinos Jose - Temple of Seafood
The last gastronomy restaurant we visited in Andalusia on this trip was Los Marinos Jose - the temple of seafood in Fuengirola! The first thing you will notice when you enter the restaurant is the amazing seafood spread on a table. Everything looked so fresh (the langoustines were still moving) and I just wanted to try them all! The restaurant is located along a beach in Fuengirola and if you are coming from Malaga, just take the C1 train and get off at Carvajal. From the station, it’s only a 5 minute walk to Los Marinos Jose.
There are both inside and outside seating. I actually prefer sitting outside and since they pulled down the shade during the afternoon, it didn't get too hot at all.
The view from our table!
It was hard to choose from all the seafood Los Marinos Jose had to offer, but they did have a menu that listed out all of their offerings and prices which was helpful. Since we were only 2 people, we asked them to do half portions so we could try more dishes.
One of the highlights of our meal was the anchovies cured in vinegar - best I’ve ever had! The acidity level was just right, and J said that it reminded him of eating kohada in Japan.
We also had to get some of our favorite gooseneck barnacles. I still remember the first time I had it in San Sebastián, I didn’t even know how to eat it. But it’s quite simple once you get the hang of it. I’d like to push my thumb in the space where the “claw” and tube casing meet to remove the scaly skin - just watch out for the squirt of brine that may come out when removing it!
Another highlight was the langoustine! Cooked to perfection, it was so deliciously plump and juicy - I was digging into the crevasses with my fingers to get every little bit out. Seriously the best langoustine I ever had!
When I ordered the grilled small squid from the menu, I didn’t expect it to be bigger than my hand! Although it wasn’t what I expected (I was actually eyeing the baby squid from the seafood table), it was still very very good. Just a reminder that if you want something specific, it’s probably best to point to the seafood rather than go off their menu which can be lost in translation.
The grilled small clams (okay these were indeed very small) were surprisingly tasty! I don’t know how such tiny clams can pack so much flavors.
This meal was fantastic with a nice setting, great service and superb food! I think this may be my favorite seafood restaurant in Spain yet and I can't wait to be back soon.
Los Marinos Jose