Lunch at Rilex on the Beach, San Luis de Sabinillas

Taking a little break from our operational efforts of tanning, we drove a short while to Rilex for a light lunch.

They have a beach service so you can lay out on the sun-beds and eat, but we headed to the main restaurant opposite instead.

Chill out, eat well, be happy.

They do a good tinto de verano here (actually the whole of Spain do a good tinto de verano) which is a mix of red wine and lemonade.

They also do 3 different types of sangria – white wine, red wine and cava. Never one to say no to sangria, I asked the owner which he recommended, and he was quick to say that the white wine sangria was the best. No more questions were asked.

My uncle claims that Rilex does satay and salads the best, so that’s what we went for. We ordered the chicken satay as a starter to share instead of a main, and without the chips and salad. It usually comes with 2 skewers but we asked for more. The satay was drowned in creamy peanut sauce and topped with dried and fried onions. It was mouthwateringly good. Looking back at these pictures are making me hungry.

We also got Gambas Pil-Pil – Prawns cooked in olive oil with garlic, chillies and lemon juice. It smelt so good that I didn’t spend enough time cooling it, resulting in burning my tongue and dragon breathing for half a minute with the prawn in my mouth – bit stupid considering I can see how hot it is bubbling… Be sure to scoop some garlic and chillies up as well.

They gave us prawn crackers with it, I’m guessing it came with the satay but I’m not too sure…

The bread was perfect for dipping in the satay sauce (even though I managed to resist).

INSTEAD we got salads! The salads were came in a big portion but were delicious. Hannah ordered the Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad – Marinated chicken, spinach, pepper, red onion, savoy sabbage, carrot, ginger, cashew nuts, seasame seeds with soya sauce.

I am maximising my seafood intake whilst abroad, so went for the Crunchy Thai Langoustines Salad – Langoustines, spinach, pepper, red onion, savoy cabbage, carrot, ginger, cashew nuts, sesame seeds and sweet chilli sauce.

The tuna salad (tuna, served on a bed of seasonal leaves, red onions, pepper, cherry tomato, cucumber, sweetcorn, olives and boiled eggs) was also good, but I preferred the other two.

Frankie got the chicken mayonnaise baguette, which she enjoyed.

Lucy ordered the tortilla, which she didn’t expect to come with a platter of different carbs, but she said it was good.

We received another basket of bread, this time with chopped olives, which I loved (obviously scooped the olives out to eat separately, but at least I can imagine it would be nice with the bread).

For dessert, the home-made chocolate cheesecake, made by the owner himself, was highly recommended. However we were sadly too full (and I’m still beach bod cautious) so we decided to take a stroll/photo-shoot around the beach instead.

About a hundred meters from the restaurant was an outdoor gym which I loved as it just reminded me of the ‘I’m Sexy And I Know It’ video. So much fun!

Here are their details if you’re ever in town – you’re welcome!

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