Wednesday saw me head into a hot and humid Malaga, to share a long a lazy lunch with Sevilla Tapas. We went to two bars, run by the same family and I wanted to share them on the blog as they really are worth discovering.
It seemed a good idea to kick things off with a cool glass of Rueda in the Vino Mio restaurant, in the shadow of Malaga’s Cervantes theatre.
Then we walked, slowly on the shady side of the street, towards Dom Vinos, a small gastro tapas bar, a little way north of Plaza Merced, and our destination for lunch.
On the way, Sevilla Tapas suggested we pop into Bar Nerva . I’d not heard of this place, and to be honest when it comes to tapas, I often don’t stray far from the centre of old town. Yet, here on the Cristo de la Epidemia street is an excellent restaurant and tapas bar, offering a quality ‘menu del dia’ for 11 euro and a range of tapas, including their signature toasted tapa of ham and oxtail in a beetroot stained, red roll. This is a family run business that is now with the second generation, Joaquín, whose brother Antonio set up nearby Dom Vinos.
We were offered a small tapas of paella, but made with ‘fidellos’ (tiny, thin pasta that the Spanish use in a lot of dishes from soups to stews) instead of rice. Another tapas was chickpeas, with chorizo and tripe – so tasty! – and of course a glass of white wine.
Bar Nerva, Cristo de la Epidemia, 55, Malaga Tel: (+34) 952 267 949
Then it was out again into the bright sunlight for the stroll up to Dom Vinos. This little corner restaurant has a small bar with stools, and three tables inside a few barrels outside. The owner, Antonio is as equally welcoming as his brother Joaquín, and clearly has a great knowledge of Spanish wines and cuisine. Before long I was enjoying a glass of Laustau’s exceptional Manzanilla ‘Papirusa’ and a tasty tapa of pringa. Then it was octopus on a bed of potato, subtly flavoured with bacon, and then a robust dish of beef cheek, with truffle oil, with a glass of Caliza, (mainly Syrah with a little Petit Verdot) from the Marques de Griñon winery.
Antonio prides himself of attention to detail and his choice of wines and even the organic Finca la Torre olive oil from Antequera, are carefully chosen by him to accompany with his gourmet tapas.
I’ll definitely be heading back!
Dom Vinos, Calle Toquero, 1, Málaga Tel: (+34) 666 330 336