Eating in Malaga provides diners with a diversity of tastes because tapas are virtually served everywhere and the small bite sized dishes feature all types of creations. For lovers of fish the area has some great restaurants and a speciality of Malaga is the grilled sardines on a stick. The restaurants by the beaches are the best places to go for this and as be sure to order the pescaito frito, fried fish, that’s always fresh and full of flavour.
To try other Andalucía specialities at the seafront restaurants, order the cazon de adobo from the menu which is dog fish marinated in vinegar and garlic and can also come as tuna, atun en adobo. The flavours are delicious and another delicacy not to be missed is the coquinas, clams in white wine which can easily become quite addictive. In the city, Restaurante Mariano on Plaza del Carbon prepares excellent fish dishes, the salted fish, ‘pescado a la sal’ is where the fish is baked in salt that really brings out the flavour without being over complicated. The presentation is also part of the experience as when the waiter comes to serve the fish, firstly the salt crust is cracked and then the skin is carefully peeled away with the portions served at the table.
The port in Malaga has some fine eateries too, a recommendation is Montana where the creations of Saul Esteban are served in a beautiful 19th century townhouse and the menu also uses the freshest seasonal ingredients to get the most from local produce. A few hotels in Malaga also well noted for their food, in 2010 Hotel Molina Lario was awarded Malaga’s best hotel restaurant or the restaurant at the five starred Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio is equally good. Chef Pedro Castellano is known for his imaginative creations such as pork cheeks and mushroom risotto and the service matches the five star surroundings but in a cozy atmosphere.
For tapas, in the Centro Historico neighbourhood is Tapeo de Cervantes which is one place that visitors time and again rate as being the best in Malaga. Many go as far as stating that the meals here are the best anywhere in Spain. A few highlights from the menu are the beef in wine or the chicken croquettes but it’s normal to try a selection and then reorder the favourites. The restaurant’s reputation does however make it extremely popular, so a reservation is likely to be needed otherwise don’t get there too late and they should be able to get you a table.
Restaurante Yerbaguena is in Campillos in Malaga is gaining in reputation to the extent that many diners consider it as being worthy of a Michelin Star. Prices of food are mid range and the creativity is innovative as appetisers include unusual combinations such as a strawberry with a topping of soft cheese or cherry tomatoes wrapped in anchovies. The tasting menu is a good way to sample the different offerings as this is made up of seven courses which vary flavours, from salty to sweet, and have a diversity of textures.
A few places in Malaga have Flamenco dancing during dinner and this is a great way to see the traditional dance form from Andalucía. One restaurant that stands out for its food and has dancing is Restaurante Vino Mio. The shows are only on certain days so make sure to get there either on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday and performances start from 19:30. The Galeria Goya is a shopping centre with a special show on Friday and Saturday which is very authentic Flamenco without the added effects for tourists and if you’re early enough dinner can be had at the Galeria bar.
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