Have you seen the new and updated design (and concept) of The Playwright Marbella yet? Check out my review of Amazonica at The Playwright to get all the details!

review of the Playwright Marbella

What is Amazonica at The Playwright?

Driving past The Playwright, located right off the N-340 on your way to Marbella, it might look like an interesting restaurant but nothing special. But don’t let the exterior fool you. What was once a simple and sophisticated restaurant filled with shades of nude and black leather chairs has made a true transformation during the lockdown.

In September 2020, The Playwright reopened its doors as Amazonica at The Playwright. It’s a bar and restaurant with good food and drinks, live music on weekends and more.

Imagine stepping into the wardrobe that sends you to Narnia, but instead of being met with snow and lions, you’re transformed to a crazy (yet classy) jungle with flamingos, kitsch decor and neon lights. All I can say is, photos won’t do it any justice – it needs to be seen (and explored) in person.

Sadly I didn’t have the pleasure to visit The Playwright before the redecorating (as I hadn’t moved to Spain yet). But I can only imagine it as a completely different place. The restaurant is still classy, elegant and quality-focused. But it’s now combined with a fun and playful atmosphere.

Amazonica at The Playwright gives me so many associations. The furniture reminds me of The Skyroom – one of my Malta favourites. The more crazy and colourful design decor reminds me of Rise Skybar on top of the Mondrian hotel in Doha and Arara in Fuengirola.

Food and drinks at the Playwright

The menu, food and drinks at The Playwright

While The Playwright is worth a visit just for the decor itself, the food and drinks will be what makes you want to come back. You can start with a drink in the bar where you’ll find beer, wine and spirits. There’s also a cocktail menu with a mix of special (like Amazonica) and classic drinks.

The food menu consists of a selection of some starters, mains and side dishes that all fit on one page. This is not to say that the menu is small, but at the same time, you won’t have to browse through pages upon pages of choices.

The restaurant serves a lot of seafood and meat* and the flavour combinations are impressive. Though everything sounds mouth-watering, my favourite part of the menu is the selection of sides where I could honestly just order all. And my fiancé found a clear favourite: the Galician fillet steak served with Porcini Reduction, Swede & Carrot Puree, Porcini Butter.

Once you’ve finished your lunch or dinner, a delicious dessert menu is waiting. I was instantly intrigued by the Banana Crème Brûlée and have to admit it might top the chocolate Crème Brûlée at Sciacca. If you’re not much of a dessert person, there is also a good selection of liquors and also some fun dessert cocktails. While most bars will have Espresso Martini on the menu, the addition of Salted Caramel Martini and Key Lime Pie Martini was a first for me!

*Even though there are some options available, I wouldn’t really recommend this is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant.

The Playwright decor

Verdict

Amazonica at The Playwright is a fun bar and restaurant that I can’t wait to visit again. Not only is the decor and concept so well-executed and cool, but the drinks and food were all delicious. And the staff was also so helpful, friendly and service-oriented. This is a bar and restaurant of quality, perfect for a romantic date night. The prices are a bit steeper but well worth it!

The Playwright Marbella, Details
  • Where:  C / manzana, local 8 – 11 pueblo los arcos, km 191 Elviria, 29604 Marbella, Málaga
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 6 pm to 1 am*
    • Opening hours are currently different due to the 11 pm curfew. The restaurant is now open for lunch too, Wednesday-Sunday, 1:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Mondays and Tuesdays are closed.
  • Website: http://theplaywrightmarbella.com/
  • Contact: 952 83 08 68

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About the Author

I started my first blog in 2008 and have been an online writer ever since then. With a BA in Journalism and daytime job in SEO content creation, I want to use my knowledge to create fun, interesting and useful content. I am a 25-year old Norwegian who just can't seem to stay in one place! Although from a small town in Norway, I have lived almost half of my life abroad. I moved to Qatar in 2008 and has since then lived in London, Malta, and now Spain!

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