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Marisma
« on: February 03, 2014, 18:31:49 pm »
I have always been reluctant to write a review of this restaurant as it never quite met the mark but now that it has relocated to splendid new premises overlooking the Old Harbour the cooking and service have improved to match the new location so we went there twice instead of the usual once.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2014, 10:17:32 am »
Forgot to post this when we got home in October.
Fabulous new building right by the sea. All glass front and a huge roof terrace with glass all round. It's a far better position than the old place, but a bit tucked away from the town, but well worth finding. Easies way is to walk past the Blue Cow and follow the path round even though it looks like a dead end, where it opens up spectacularly. Some of the furniture and decor looks very familiar. The take their food very seriously. The owners are very local as are many of the customers which is always a good recommendation.

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Re: Marisma
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Re: Marisma
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 15:31:18 pm »
Like to say thanks for your latest review, all of which we have found very informative.

As La Marisma always looks busy we booked a table in March when we were last out, and we have to agree with your review 100%.  We thought that we had just caught it on a bad day as we were expecting so much more, given the wonderful setting and the decor.

The only dish that came near to our expectations was one of the starters, that being the seafood crepe.  As for the rest of the meal the sole was way over cooked as was the cod.  Like yourselves we found that as the restaurant filled the staff could not cope and we felt increasingly ignored to the point of not even being offered a dessert or coffee at the end of the meal.  But by this time we were totally disenchanted and only left the minimum 1 euro tip. 

Our conclusion was that there were either too many tables or not enough staff.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 18:30:07 pm »
Glad to hear my experience wasn't an anomaly. I'll go back just for the wine and scenery, but will try just the crepes this time. Thanks for the suggestion.

And for the first time, I left no gratuity and felt no guilt about it.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2014, 19:32:19 pm »
It sounds as though the place has reverted to its habits at its previous location next to the El Goloso bakery.
In those days it always seemed to me that the decent, properly cooked food on offer was marred by a lack of communication between the kitchen and front of house.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2014, 21:58:50 pm »
jg - I truly wish to enjoy this place. Clearly the atmosphere is out of this world and the house wine was superb. If you remember, what did you order that you enjoyed?

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2014, 15:07:41 pm »
is this the one right in front of el tosten bar?

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 15:22:07 pm »
No - not that one, that's the MIrador, though we did actually go there once.

From El Toston, go across the harbour, round behind the Blue Cow, and round to the right. Or, if you've come from the direction of Cotillo Beach Hotel, and you're looking down the steps to Cafe Central, turn right and keep walking between the buildings. It's an area nobody usually used to walk.
[map]?=28.68451762843549,%20-14.012445135998518=17=Las Marismas=hybrid[/map]

Hopefully I've got the right spot, please tell me if I haven't. It's 6 months since we were in town.
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Re: Marisma
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2014, 15:43:22 pm »
Got to agree with our "Stateside Gourmet Critic " we were there the same night as you So Cal. Not enough staff , rushing to take the order, then lack of communication meant wrong meals , chips instead of potatoes and vice - versa.  Chateuxbrian not cooked as requested , changed without fuss , similarly Fatty changed without question. My Grandaugter's Mixed Fish and Seafood grill was first class.
We have been before and now realise you need to pick your time , preferably when it's not busy,then there is no problem.
Looking forward to "Notes from America " on the Corralejo restaurants you were advised about  So Cal !!!!

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2014, 17:32:42 pm »
No - not that one, that's the MIrador, though we did actually go there once.

From El Toston, go across the harbour, round behind the Blue Cow, and round to the right. Or, if you've come from the direction of Cotillo Beach Hotel, and you're looking down the steps to Cafe Central, turn right and keep walking between the buildings. It's an area nobody usually used to walk.
[map]?=28.68451762843549,%20-14.012445135998518=17=Las Marismas=hybrid[/map]

Hopefully I've got the right spot, please tell me if I haven't. It's 6 months since we were in town.

ok i get it. Not been to this one before because as you say we don't tend to walk round that area. Went to it when it was in the old location and it was hit and miss then. Must try it on a quiet evening.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2014, 18:19:28 pm »
Thanks for the map isleswing. My internet connection is sufficiently flaky enough that I don't try graphics.

Well bycroft, if you were there, were you able to identify me while I was there? I arrived at least an hour before sunset, when the service was very good. But by 8:30ish, I had to force my way out, going to the bar to request la quenta. But then I stayed and talked to a couple very nice ex-pats who live in Cotillo and a relative whom I had been following around to restaurants for the 3 nights in a row.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 19:14:53 pm »
Yep even saw you talking to the same people on Tuesday evening on your way out of Azzurro , not stalking you honest !!

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Re: Marisma - an Update
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2014, 21:17:46 pm »
I really want to like this restaurant and to recommend it, but I can for only for selective reasons.  The location and atmosphere is spectacular. I chose a Lanzorate white wine which was delightful and kept my selection to just pescado fresco. It was grilled and served with garlic - Canary style.

It was very meaty, a healthy portion and had no fishy smell. Very fresh. The grilling was fine and the garlic was well prepared, but they proceeded to pour a dump truck load of salt on it. In the US, I would have sent it back. 

I'll give them credit. It became quite crowded and the freakout level of the servers had taken over (actually, my fish took a 1/2 hour to cook), but they handled it.

In speaking with an English couple, they said their squid starter was at best acceptable, but they really did enjoy their serving of the fresh fish. Hence your experience may be different.

So visit La Marisma for the modern dining area, for the spectacular view, for the very reasonably priced wine and for the...hopefully someone else can suggest a dish to eat.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2014, 11:12:37 am »
We went this year on our last night in El Cotillo as our special night, and weren't disappointed.
Still immaculately clean, quality table settings etc. A very nice restaurant overall. The only slight difficulty is that nobody has good English, so maybe we need to male more effort with Spanish. They are just too busy keeping up the standards of the place to worry about language
Service is very good, though speed suffers when they get busy  though nothing is too much trouble for them.
This is the best quality restaurant we have yet found on the island, am accolade they have had to work hard to earn.
Beef Stroganoff, 3 Pepper steak, bottle of house white, 2 own made sweet 50.02 euro.
A must for a special night, and the best sunset of the week for a bonus.

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Re: Marisma
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2015, 11:35:14 am »
I know Marisma has had mixed reviews over the years, but it still ranks as one of our favourites in Cotillo.
We visited twice last week & neither occasion disappointed.  There are a number of new waiters in attendance in addition to the tall older guy, who seems to have taken charge & got a grip on the front of house side of things, service is now slick & efficient.  On our first visit we had carpaccio of grouper & fish soup for starters, both excellent.  This was followed by the fish stew, which has been a favourite for as long as we've been visiting, & the fresh fish of the day (for 1 person).  This would have easily served 2, to the point that we took some back to the apt.  We shared the house apple pie for desert, this is an odd concoction but enjoyable all the same.  A couple of bottles of the vgood house white (Rioja) at 8euros a bottle helped it all down.
Our second visit included, Iberico ham (superb) fresh fish for 2 (huge!!) & more wine ;D  Expect to pay around 25euro p/p
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