Sandpiper in Fuengirola is very popular with the local expat community as they offer classic English breakfasts alongside comfort food from back home.
They describe themselves as “... a family run restaurant directly on the beach front of Los Bolishes, with great food and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Come join us for the best breakfast around, or a delicious evening meal all cooked from fresh ingredients”
We figured that if anywhere was going to be offering a decent breakfast effort this place should be top of the list
Unlike many places that serve a Small, Medium, or Large sized set breakfast, at Sandpiper they offer a breakfast based on the number of items you choose for your plate, as in 4, 6, or 8 items.
They do also offer an “All you can eat breakfast” where they describe the contents as ‘as much as we can fit on your plate‘.
That sounds like too much of a gamble to me, I could envisage a whole plate swimming in beans and tinned tomatoes.
Having said that, if I lived here I would probably give it a go 🙂
MEDIUM BREAKFAST (6 ITEMS)
I picked sausage, bacon, and egg to get the party started as the first three of my 6 item plate, adding in a slice of black pudding and a hash brown for good measure.
That took me up to five items with just one choice remaining. I figured that I would need a bit of juice on the plate so picked beans. It could have been tomato but I could not risk the dreaded tinned ones appearing on my plate..
It seemed like a good plan at the time, and I think it was a good selection. Looking back now the plate seems a little sparse but I recall that it all tasted pretty good.
The slice of back bacon was cooked well, perhaps a little grey looking but it had a nice flavour. The sausage was disapointing, a classic cheap effort that I have become accepting of over time this trip.
The fried egg was done properly, solid white, runny yolk, and the hash brown crispy on the outside and soft inside. It was also bigger than expected so that pleased me.
The back pudding was ok, it was a bit too crisp and didn’t have any of those nice lumps of fat that many people don’t like but that I love.
The beans were kept back by the sausage barrier, possibly the best thing that it was doing on the plate.
It was a good breakfast and I had no real complaints, any minor grumbling is all part of the breakfast experience, perfection is a rare beast especially on occasions such as these, no disrespect intended
SMALL BREAKFAST (4 ITEMS)
Mother had the 4 item breakfast which really hardly seemed worth the effort. Mind you back home I often just have a bit of egg and bacon, so a sausage and beans in my kitchen on a lean day could seem quite decadent 🙂
What wasn’t shown and it worth a mention is that you get a glass of juice, nice freshly squeezed orange juice for me and toast with your breakfast.
I was very happy to find a pot of marmalade with my toast, this was the first place I have seen over here (and for a while) that does that.
I always like to think that after my savoury it’s like a breakfast pudding getting a slice of toast with jam or marmalade 🙂
EARLY BIRD MENU
While I did kind of enjoy my breakfast plate here at Sandpipers. I got the feeling that this place was all about the food between lunch and tea (12.30 to 6.30pm) where they offer a very popular and almost classical Early Bird menu for 10.95
I mean who doesn’t want Cottage Pie followed by Treacle Sponge on a baking hot day by the beach?
Well someone might, but I would be more likely to gravitate towards the Rump Steak with tomato, mushroom and onion rings followed by a slice of lemon meringue pie. Old school with a bit of a twist.
The place was very popular and we were lucky to get the last table so unless you are happy to chance it you might consider booking in advance.
Sandpiper Restaurant is located at P.º Marítimo Rey de España, 81, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain
They have a Facebook page that you can check out and see a menu etc