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  • 5.0 star rating
    15/3/2014

    This tiny tapas place, which is owned by the same folks as the meson de Cervantes around the corner, is a must go to. Even in the offseason a reservation is a must - it is small and popular.

    We had the anchovies in vinegar and the baby squid with black rice. This is not your standard tapas food - everything is a creation.

    They had a great selection of wines and pointed us to a mid-priced wine which was excellent. Everyone is welcoming and friendly - they take pride in their food and restaurant and it adds to the experience. They even made recommendations for us for tapas in Sevilla, our next stop.

    I will be back in Malaga next week and will come again!

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/3/2014

    Great food and wine. We ordered many different dishes and dessert afterwards and everything was excellent. The owner was always nice with the guests. It wasn't as cheap as you would expect in southern Spain, but it's not overpriced at all.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/2/2014

    Since we only had one night in Malaga, we wanted a "best of" tapas meal and found this restaurant on yelp. WOW. We could not have asked for a better experience and meal. We didn't have a reservation and lucked out by eating at the bar. We had excellent service. They helped us choose all the right tapas and wine. The ambiance was quaint and cozy. My husband and I loved every single second of our time there and left all smiley. Go. Go now. You will not regret it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2013

    Excellent tapas. The best we have had thus far in all of Spain. This is a very small restaurant with only about 10 tables. Cute place for dates.

    We ordered:

    Baked potato, salmon, cream cheese and shrimp

    Blood sausage with sweet potato

    Spinach, walnut, cherry tomatoes and asparagus

    Mixed greens, tomato, artichoke, roasted red pepper, and asparagus

    Chicken kabob marinated in lemon with basmati rice

    Roasted pepper filled with cod and fresh tomato sauce

    Chicken and vegetable wok stir fry with sesame seeds and soy sauce

    Tiramisu

    Chocolate moose with berries

    All of the dishes were fresh and delicious, but a little oily. They were expensive, but worth it. And the dessert was phenomenal!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/6/2011
    First to Review

    This review is either a real-life incident or a Spanish soap opera.  You decide.

    A girl meets a Spanish boy.  Every day, they drink a caña after class, go for a walk, and share an orange.  Life is good.  But one day, after a not-so-good series of events, there was an incident that involved a Spanish boy screaming profanities not safe for anyone's ears[1].  The girl's plan: hop on a plane to Málaga for a bit of an escape.

    Although my appetite was shot, at my friend's behest, I mustered up the little energy I had to eat.  At Tapeo de Cervantes, the kind bartender healed me through the liberal use of single malts and local red wine.  We chatted for quite a while and it was a great way to practice my "woe is me" Spanish vocabulary.

    This wasn't just an exercise in drowning my sorrows at the bar, mind you.  I ate some of the best Andalusian style tapas that I have ever tasted.  I came back every day that I was in Málaga, that is how much I love this little bar.

    Over the course of a few days, I tried:

    Wild boar loin in a red wine sauce (Lomo de Jabalí en Salsa de Vino Dulce de Málaga) - By far my favorite, it was so good I ordered it on two separate nights.  It tasted as though the boar was marinated in the sauce as it was so juicy and tender.  The sauce had a slightly sweet, distinct flavor that complimented the mild gaminess of the meat.  With a red wine from Málaga, I was in heaven!

    Risotto with Vegetables and Squash - I didn't have very high hopes, but this cazuela of creamy, smooth rice really impressed me.  Very mild flavors - I would have hoped for a stronger-tasting vegetable to provide contrast.

    Filete de Dorada - This dorada with grilled eggplant just TASTED of the Mediterranean.  Because it is a more substantial, heavy fish, it paired well with the red wine.

    Tortilla de Algas, Bacalao y Cristales Sal - I liked this, but was not particularly crazy about it.  The seaweed (yes, seaweed), bacalao, and salt worked together brilliantly but this tortilla was more like an American omelette than a whipped up, fluffy Spanish one.

    And for dessert:

    Flan de higos - Now that I am a flan-making pro [2], I like to critique everyone else's!  Figs must have been pureed and disbursed through the entire flan mold because there were lots of itty bitty seeds within the flan.  I'm also curious to see what ingredients were used to caramelize the top of the flan because the taste, texture, and color were all completely new to me.

    Tarta de Manzana - The waiter's (Gabriel's) favorite!  And I know why.  The apple tart was more like a delicious, warm apple crumble, topped with vanilla ice cream.  Best of all?  The apples were tangy!

    Although my next stop in my Andalusian adventures was in Cordoba, the bartender strongly encouraged me to take the AVE and return for another few nights of tapas.

    Please disregard the fact that the restaurant's website is in Comic Sans [3].  I bet their strategy is to scare away the typography snobs and leave the great tapas for those of us who can forgive such questionable behavior.

    [1] Domestic violence is a huge problem in Spain.  Although this is only the tip of the iceberg, I am much more aware of the trauma that many women face.

    [2] Courtesy of the dad in my host family.

    [3] bancomicsans.com

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/9/2013

    Superb! Excellent food, friendly and helpful staff. This place is great and I will return every time I visit Malaga.
    It is not a big place, so make a reservation.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/9/2012

    Wow.  As soon as this place opened, it got absolutely packed.  Be prepared to sit elbow to elbow with other l!  The tapas were excellent.  Pork cheeks, pork belly with some melted cheese over the top, lightly battered prawns, amazingly prepared sweetbreads, just to list a few.  The restaurant is run by a small family, and the food really shows it.  Everything was so tasty and the service was excellent.  Really recommend tinto de casa, since it was very reasonably priced, and the wine was excellent.  Prices are a bit  more than tapas bars on the side streets, but it was well worth it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/5/2013
    1 check-in here

    Reservations are a must.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/12/2012

    One of the best traditional-ish tapas bars in Malaga, El Tapeo de Cervantes has been around for as long as I can remember. And the food has been consistently excellent for all that time, too.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/8/2012

    After a traumatic encounter with excessive amounts of fried and not so fresh tapas at Pepa y Pepe (see other review) I was reluctantly persuaded by my husband to try somewhere from our guidebook. On arrival here I almost walked out because it is markedly more expensive than your average tapas bar (although still pretty economical by US standards) - I thought for sure "tourist trap". I couldn't have been more wrong...it was a truly excellent meal. The menu was creative, maybe it's not what you're looking for if you are after super traditional, but it maintained a strong influence to the cuisine of the region. Everything I had I loved...I can't remember it all, but there wasn't one bad thing. I remember some kind of lamb and mint couscous, also something with tuna. But really it was all good. I drank a delicious local wine - vega del geva. Now,  will admit I drank this same wine somewhere else more cheaply but still, I give this place top marks. The service was unusually good for Malaga. If you want to have a really good tapas meal in Malaga, this should be where you head.

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