Three things foodies should do in Malaga.
Especially at Casa de Guardia
If a bar was good enough for Pablo Picasso, it’s good enough from me.
Here’s a picture of the pint-sized slap-head painter at the bar, open since 1840 and famous for its range of sherries, local wine and seafood tapas.
Stand at the simple bar and order glasses straight from the barrel. The bill is chalked on the wooden surface in front of you.
It’s ridiculously cheap and extravagantly odd! And the choice is bewildering. A breakfast-time dry sherry was really rather enlivening. The sweet one that followed soothing.
And that means El Pimpi.
Another Malaga institution, this time open since the 1920s and, like Casa de Guardia, a place that’s attracted a a hot of celebs over the decades.
Eat either in the winding indoor space, decorated with bullfighting posters and ancient photographs, or on the spacious outdoor terrace. Both are buzzing.
The food is well-crafted, based on great ingredients, traditional and local.
A simple salad made with giant Huevo de Toro tomatoes, dressed just with great olive oil and big flakes of sea salt, was a joy.
Pork steaks – from acorn-fred Iberian pigs – were cooked simply and a delight.
Calle Granada, 62, 29015 Málaga
Chill with ajoblanco
Everyone’s heard of the cold tomato soup gazpacho, but its pale cousin ajoblanco is less well known.
I ate mine at the smart La Barra, tucked away in an upmarket side street near the cathedral.
It’s a soup made with soaked bread, almonds and garlic and has the texture of single cream.
Here it came dressed with peppery olive oil and refreshing chunks of melon.
A superb start to lunch or dinner in the baking heat of Andalusia.
Calle Bolsa, 9, 29015 Málaga.