Photos by: Johnny Gates

The owners of the renowned Argentinean restaurant Hacienda Patagonica have now opened the doors to their second restaurant, El Origen, next to Frank’s Corner opposite Centro Comercial Plaza del Mar in the heart of Marbella – much to the excitement of their many regular customers. While Hacienda Patagonica has gained its popularity by serving mouth-watering Argentinean tapas-style meat in a buzzy, fast-moving environment, El Origen offers a different kind of dining concept – larger dishes in a more typical restaurant setting – although El Origen is far from a typical Marbella restaurant as it has many personal touches that make it so special. The décor has been lovingly put together by the Argentinean owners themselves, drawing inspiration from their motherland such as references to polo, a sport that Argentina is so famous for, and a quote from a well-known Argentinean poem, Martín Fierro. When you enter El Origen you are struck by its size and warm ambience, with wooden panelled walls and flooring making it truly welcoming. It is a relatively large restaurant with low lighting, a wide, open kitchen and, at the far end, a bodega where they have a large selection of wines from all over the world. If you prefer to eat al fresco, there is also an outside terrace area at the front of the restaurant where you can watch the world go by.

The El Origen menu has many similarities to that of Hacienda Patagonica but the portion sizes are larger. The owners wanted to maintain the concept of offering premium Argentinean meat at reasonable prices. There is a wide range of starters or a sharing platter enabling you to try a little of everything, including provoleta, chorizo, morcilla, empanada and French fries for just €26. There is entrecote at just €19, a Gaucho rib-eye for €45 and a mixed grill to share for just €29 and, if meat is not what you fancy, salads and pastas are also available. If you still have space for dessert, there are a number of homemade delights on offer such as tiramisu, chocolate brownie with caramel and whipped cream, and the famous Argentinean Pionono (a thin cake rolled in caramel with chocolate sauce).

Following the success of Hacienda Patagonica and their great passion for Argentinean gastronomy, El Origen cannot fail to be a hit with the locals.

El Origen Calle Gregorio Marañón, Marbella Tel. (+34) 951 352 164 Facebook: OrigenHP