Det bugner af gode tapasbarer og restauranter i Málaga, og der er noget for ethvert madøre. Har du god tid, så gå på opdagelse efter dine egne favoritter. Til inspiration får du her mine tips til spisesteder i Málaga, som jeg synes, er værd at besøge.
1. Colourful Andalusian tapas bar
Wallpapered walls with celebrity photos, a courtyard with classic Andalusian flowerpots lined up over a fountain, wooden barrels filled with wine lined up, long bar tables with Andalusian tiles and brown wooden chairs. The bar and bodega El Pimpi is so classically Andalusian it’s almost a cliché. It is multi-storey with several small bars, courtyards and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Roman Theatre.
The bar is an institution in the city, and not without reason. It serves classic Andalusian tapas, solid dishes and wine in quirky, cosy 19th-century rooms with a great atmosphere.
Try El Pimpi’s mini sandwich, goat cheese and ham, accompanied by local wine. Also try the local sweet wine (vino dulce) here.
2. The best fried fish in town
Fried fish is Malaga’s speciality and you can get it in several varieties in the city’s bars and restaurants. I asked several of the locals where they eat their fish, and the answer was overwhelmingly, “At Los Mellizos”.
The restaurant is centrally located in the city centre. The bar counter is stocked with fresh seafood, the tables in the spacious rooms are covered with white tablecloths, and the waiters are attentive.
Seafood is of course the star of the menu’s fine selection. From starters with freshly peeled prawns, marinated anchovies, salmon tartare and cod carpaccio, main courses with turbot, sea bream, swordfish and octopus to house specialities such as king prawns with Pedro Ximénez (sweet sherry) and cod.
Last but not least, fried anchovies, prawns, whiting, squid and cod are also served, and Los Mellizo’s fried fish certainly lives up to its reputation as the best in town.
3. Famous burger with bull tail
Gastrobar KGB (Kisko García Bar) is managed by Michelin chef Kisko Garcá. He comes from Cordoba, where he also runs a well-known Michelin restaurant, and in 2018 he also managed to secure KGB a plate symbol in the Michelin Guide.
As the name suggests, the KGB is set in a spy and Cold War theme. You can sit in the bar overlooking the “wine cellar” behind a glass door or at a table in the restaurant.
KGB’s signature dish is the famous bull-neck burger, and they’ve sold over 65,000 of them (2018). The burger simply consists of an intensely flavoured rabo de toro (bull’s tail ragout) with homemade mayonnaise and lettuce in a delicious homemade burger bun the size of a slider.
KGB also has a number of other modern fusion tapas on the menu, including glazed pork tacos, and they draw inspiration from all over the world cuisine. The gastrobar is popular, so book a table or come early for lunch or dinner.
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4. Simple Mediterranean dishes in Soho
A visit to La Deriva, located on the edge of Soho, is an aesthetic experience – both in terms of décor and on the plate.
The restaurant is housed in spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with vaulted ceilings, raw brick walls, rustic wooden tables, bright upholstered chairs and herringbone parquet floors. The restaurant is spread over two rooms with a “wine cellar” behind a large glass door in between. There is also a bar where you can have a drink while waiting for your table.
The cuisine offers classic Mediterranean dishes with an avant-garde twist, and good local produce (especially seafood) takes centre stage. Simple and aesthetic, dishes include lobster, salmon tartare, grilled octopus, tuna with wasabi, risotto, lentils with truffle and beef tenderloin with rosemary.
5. Tapas at the Marina
Málaga’s seafront promenade “Muelle Uno” has a wealth of eateries of widely varying quality. At the better end, La Barra is a good place for tapas and pintxos. If you sit on La Barra’s terrace, you’ll also get a beautiful view of the harbour.
La Barra’s tapas and pintxos include classics such as tortilla, marinated anchovies, manchego and black pudding. There are also more modern versions like cannelloni with roast beef, goat cheese with caramelised onions, mini burgers and fois gras with caramelised onions. All very tasty and deliciously and simply presented.
La Barra also has a selection of soups, salads, rice, fish and meat dishes.
6. Rustic bistro food by the cathedral
Right next to Malaga’s cathedral, in Plaza Obispo, you’ll find the rasta bar L’experience. The cosy space and views are an experience in themselves, but L’experience’s cuisine is also worth a visit.
Both the restaurant and the terrace are spacious, but if you want the view from the terrace, you’ll need to book a table or come for an early lunch or dinner.
The extensive menu is a fusion of classic bistro dishes, Spanish classics, salads and creative toasts. Try a VIP version of the classic club sandwich, a burger with Spanish ham and brie, wraps with strips of beef and homemade potato fries, Thai salad with prawns or mackerel toast with hot red pepper and tomato.