El Pueblo Lopez and Chef Maxime Lenoir: A Culinary Treasure in Andalousia

In the vibrant heart of Fuengirola on the picturesque Costa del Sol, El Pueblo Lopez stands as a beacon of culinary excellence. Under the meticulous guidance of Chef Maxime Lenoir, this iconic establishment offers a gastronomic journey that delights the senses and warms the soul.

 Chef Lenoir, a 45-year-old Belgian native, brings a wealth of international culinary expertise to the table. His journey began at a prestigious hotel school of Namur (Belgium) and has spanned continents, drawing inspiration from luminaries like Ducasse, Robuchon, Alléno, and the Roca brothers. He even spent a year in Le Cordon Bleu – Madrid, the prestigious private culinary school teaching French cuisine…

His philosophy, “Simplemente bueno… no hay alternativas!” (Simply good… no alternative!), is evident in every dish he crafts.

Founded nearly 50 years ago, “El Pueblo Lopez” stands as a jewel anchored in one of the earliest urbanizations of the Costa del Sol, having seen several owners over the decades. The current chef was captivated by the place at first sight. The restaurant’s serene setting, complete with a majestic tree and a charming Andalusian courtyard fountain, offers an idyllic backdrop for a dining experience unlike any other…

Since Chef Maxime Lenoir took over, the quality of the food has seen a remarkable transformation. His dedication to sourcing the finest local ingredients and his meticulous approach to cooking have elevated the dining experience to new heights.

This unique restaurant is not only a standout in the Fuengirola area but also a gem in the entire Marbella region and perhaps all of Andalusia, making it a destination for food lovers across the region

Customers have noticed and appreciated the difference, frequently commenting on the enhanced flavors and innovative dishes.

A Menu to Savor

The updated menu features a variety of dishes that are as innovative as they are delicious. Highlights include:

  • Wild Cod Ceviche: Fresh cod marinated in citrus, Tiger milk and Condiment of the moment
  • Devil’s Prawns:  Creamy crustacean and Brandy Sauce, slightly spicy, habanero and toasted bread. .
  • Angus beef Steak “Black Jack” and Belgian-style Homemade Fries: A slow cooked at low temperature, seved in a Jack Daniel’s and black pepper sauce, and beef tallow fries that pay homage to Chef Lenoir’s Belgian roots.
  • Beef Cheeks Confided in Port Wine and Shallot Sauce, Lamb lettuce, turmeric and mustard dressing

An Exquisite Wine Selection

Complementing the exquisite cuisine is an impressive wine card, curated by Chef Lenoir himself. Featuring selections from Spain, Italy, and Argentina, the wine list is designed to enhance the flavors of the dishes. The inclusion of house wines also offers guests the chance to explore unique flavors at an excellent value.

Ambiance and Service

The relaxed yet gourmet ambiance of El Pueblo Lopez allows guests to savor their meals at leisure. Open from Monday to Saturday, 7 PM until close, the restaurant ensures that every dining experience is unhurried and enjoyable. The exceptional service is managed by the talented Auxi, whose attention to detail and warm hospitality ensure that every guest feels welcome and well-cared-for.

Rave Reviews

El Pueblo Lopez has garnered high praise from diners on TripAdvisor, with many highlighting the exceptional quality of the food, the beautiful setting, and the attentive service. Patrons often describe their dining experience as a “gastronomic delight” and a “perfect meal,” reflecting the restaurant’s commitment to culinary excellence.

For those seeking a dining experience that marries tradition with innovation, El Pueblo Lopez in Fuengirola is a destination that should not be missed. Discover where the love of good food meets the art of fine dining and let yourself be enchanted by this culinary gem.




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