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Mar 9, 2006 11:19 AM

Malaga in Austin - Spanish Tapas, SW style

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My wife and I went to Malaga recently (on 4th st, across from Oil Can Harry's). Short review: It was wonderful. Expensive but worth every dime.

For those of you who have never had Tapas, Tapas is Spanish cuisine designed with drinking in mind. Sometimes it's good, but if done right, it's wonderful. The general idea is that you get a small dish of something and a drink (generally wine), enjoy and then move on to the next Tapas place. Wash, rinse, repeat. This is the Spanish version of the Pub Crawl. It's a great way to spend an evening and it's almost an institution in Madrid, Barcelona and almost any metropolitan city in Spain.

Back to Austin and Malaga. Because there is no string of Tapas places to do a proper pub crawl, you're pretty much forced to stay there. That's not a bad thing. You generally get a bunch of dishes (between 3 and 9 dollars a piece) and share at the table. They pair the dishes with wine if that's to your liking. The dishes are VERY tasty and cover a huge spectrum of food types. The servers are great, the decor is beautiful, the smells are heavenly and the wine is winderful.

All in all, highly recommended by this foodie. By the way, no, I'm not a paid shill for them.



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  1. Much cheaper during happy hour.

    Actually, I'd describe tapas as the Spanish version of Chinese dim sum.

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    1. re: Kent Wang

      Except that tapas generally aren't dumplings, are not served from steam carts, and are consumed with wine or beer rather than tea. Oh, and in Spain, you usually get a small serving for free with your drink.

      Other than that, though, they are exactly the same.

    2. I've been to Malaga a few times, and every time I go away satisfied and looking forward to going back. I love the Tapas...especially the goat cheese in honey with onions and the little crostinis. If you haven't been then you really do need to go and try it!

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      1. re: lbk

        I heard Malaga is closing for relocation. The owner of Cedar Street bought the location, but rumor is that Malaga will reappear at a later date.

        1. re: austinethos

          Malaga is relocating, but will only be closed for a week. The new location is 440 W 2nd Street, between Guadalupe and San Antonio in the new AMLI. They are doubling in size and will now offer lunch and brunch.

          Cedar Street and Malaga are owned by the same Management Group, but have some different partners. The old Malaga location will re-open with a new concept, but the same Management Group.

          The new Malaga is opening August 25th.

          1. re: MoonEnvy

            hopefully they will serve paella and mariscada in green sauce which lots of spanish resturaunts up north serve

            1. re: nytexan

              We had never "done" tapas before...but enjoyed Malaga thouroughly. it was a great group outing

      2. My husband and I dined at Malaga a few months ago and loved it. The reason we never went back was because of budgetary concerns; with the exception of Sunday brunch, we're not dining out that much anymore. We lived in Palma de Mallorca Spain last year. I think Malaga is as good or better than anything tapas we had there. Delicious. I'm glad to hear the new Malaga will be serving lunch and brunch. I'll be interested to hear if the quality remains.