VOVEM - Aged to Perfection

With Winter weather comes the need for winter cuisine, and nothing says warm and comforting like succulent, aged steaks. 

From the team behind Magna Café and El Gran Gatsby, Vovem, on Marbella’s Paseo Maritimo is renowned as one of the finest steakhouses in Marbella. However, don’t be fooled, it’s not only for meat lovers, as they also offer a large selection of fresh fish including Grilled Cod Pil Pil Style, Fresh Lobster with French Fries and Catalonian Seafood and Fish Stew. 

We have previously dined at the sister eatery in Nueva Andalucía so were excited to try the newest Vovem location beautifully enhanced by wonderful sea views and a bustling location on Marbella’s promenade. 

Their menu has recently been updated with a whole host of new dishes. We started our gastronomic journey with one of the latest arrivals; Quails Egg cooked at a low-temperature with Celeriac Puree and "Salpicon”, a harmonious medley of flavours that truly exceeded our expectations. We followed this with one of Vovem’s most popular starters (and one of the chef’s suggestions); Avocado Cannelloni stuffed with Seafood and quickly realised why it is such a popular choice. However, our last option took home first place. The Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Salty Vanilla Ice Cream, Olive Oil Caviar and Parmesan Cheese was as decadent as it sounds; what felt like a starter, main course and dessert all rolled together blissfully into one, divine mouthful. 

Moving onto our main courses; one from the land and one from the sea. Commencing with the latter, the Grilled Loin of Tuna – so fresh we wondered if the chefs had caught it themselves! The fish was cooked to perfection and accompanied by some simple but delicious sautéed mushrooms. Moving onto the land (although it didn’t last long,) we devoured the 60 days aged Premium Simmental Ribeye Steak. Vovem prides itself on ensuring all their beef is professionally cooked with care and respect, flavoured with the aroma of the oak embers. Plus they boast the appropriate refrigeration facilities for all their meat so it can be properly matured, guaranteeing it is always prepared at its finest moment. Well what can we say about this; if Carlsberg made steak. Enough said. 

We rounded things off with the Creamy Chocolate Brownie with Mascarpone Cheese, `Pistachio and Crunch Coffee Pieces and the Brazilian Voyage; Caipirinha with Lemon Mousse, Sorbet and Vanilla Jelly. Like yin and yang; both deliciously divine and remarkably contrasting… luckily, we got to enjoy both! If you have more of a savoury tooth their Premium Cheeseboard Assortment of Seven Cheeses was served on the table adjacent to us and let’s say, if I had even an ounce of room left I would of asked them if I could have a taste! 

Every weekend from 8.30pm the venue hosts an array of live singers for guests to enjoy and next month the warm and cosy venue will play host to a Gourmet Meat & Wine Festival on the 11th, 12th & 13th of February. A comprehensive programme featuring talks, workshops and presentation from internationally recognised personalities in the gastronomy sector, such as expert butchers, sommeliers, mixologists and bakers, will take place daily from 10am – 5pm offering attendees the opportunity to learn and to feast! Some names include; Enzo Díaz Villanueva (Chef at Vovem, Nueva Andalucia), Quique Alcaide (Chef at Vovem, Paseo Maritimo), Antonio Rodríguez (Pastry Chef at Los Monteros, Marbella) and Martins Vanags (Chef at Magna Café, Marbella.) The activities and gourmet lunch is priced at 75€ per day or to attend the whole workshop and enjoy a daily gourmet meal is only 205€. If you have a passion for food, whether its cooking or simply eating, this is an event that needs to make its way into your diary… it’s definitely in ours!