El Marlin Mariscos Fusion

Written by on November 18, 2012 in I Eat Nicaragua, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Plaza de Xalteva neighborhood of Granada, Nicaragua

How I heard of this place: While on Big Corn Island, Mark & Nicole bumped into some Canadian neighbors at our hotel. When they heard we were headed to Granada, they recommended El Marlin and continued to talk about it until we promised to find it!

El Marlin

Type of cuisine: While it seems that El Marlin specializes in seafood, they offer extensive Peruvian options, each dish at the calibur of those prepared by internationally reknowned chefs.

Menu Outisde

Ambiance: Not having had an exact address known to locals, the restaurant having opened a mere two weeks prior, Chris and I definitely earned our meals! We walked for about an hour, in the dark, in search of an unknown establishment. Chris was ready to cease the search and return to the main part of town to find another eatery. I asked him for just one more attempt, and we were serendipitously drawn to Hostel La Mexicana, where the owner had, not only heard of El Marlin, but knew exactly where it was! She was riding on her motorcycle just the other day, and rode straight past El Marlin. Our search was over. The gold Marlin against the dark exterior immediately caught our attention as we made our way up a small incline on a remote city street. The light coral-colored tiled gracefully led the way in and onto a blue and white marbled floor. The white chairs inside may have been plastic, the pale yellow linens slightly stained, but the tall ceilings and the warmth of spirit were immediately wafted over us. We were led to the second table (of two) back on the left, three similar tables to the right, where we were graciously seated ahead of the barquette that seemed to serve as a host/hostess podium. The lights dim, the double door wide open to allow for the night air to stream through, we took our seats and began to peruse the menu. After ordering, but before dining, each of us took a trip through the second set of double doors, where seating for a larger party was made available to a group of Scandanavians, partaking of a mini tour of our surroundings. To the left, three rocking chairs around a small coffee table, two stools at an unused bar, and a brown refrigerator. To our right, a staircase leading up, under which we found two more white, plastic chairs around a table, two hammock chairs, and a large, stainless steel grill. The same grill atop which our meals were delicately prepared.

Grill

What I ordered: The owner arrived at our table, calm and at our service. As the menu is completely in Spanish, he took the time to go through each dish, one at a time, and devotedly share the ingredients, the preparation methods and his recommendations. Chris selected the Anticucho de Pescado en Causa Limena (C$195)

Pescado

and I enjoyed the Pescado Mediterraneo (C$190) with the addition of shrimp (C$75).

Mediterraneo

What I loved: The fresh avocado, the presentation, the vibrant presentation and the delicate medley of flavors.

Why I loved it: Beautiful presentation, charming space and delightful owners/staff. I absolutely adore that the chef made his way out to greet each of the diners as soon as all meals were delivered.

Cost: Average (C$170 – C$280 per seafood entree)

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