La Moraga

Price guide: Expensive

Pasaje de Chinitas, Calle Larios, Malaga, Costa del Sol, 29015

Price guide: Expensive

The bar

By George Prior, your Malaga expert

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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, History, Nightlife, People watching, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of La Moraga

A modern tapas bar owned by a Michelin-starred chef in the historic heart of the city.

Malaga-born Dani Garcia is one of Spain’s most famous chefs and chose his hometown to launch his “gourmet tapas experience". He’s taken some classic tapas recipes and transformed them into, and I don’t use this phrase lightly, gastronomic masterpieces. Heston Blumenthal would be impressed. This is arguably one of the hippest spots right now.

Food and drink: 

The tapas listed are divided into nine sections - cold, soups, dips, fried, flamenquín (rolled, fried bites), filled speciality breads, skewers, stews and desserts. Each section has about four items to choose from. My highlights include the white anchovy lasagne and the spinach flamenquíns. And for pudding it’d be a difficult choice between the bitter lemon tart and the intense chocolate mousse. I’d recommend not having the tasting menu as it restricts the spontaneous element of eating tapas.

Ambience: 

If, like me, you always like to be in the thick of it, go for elbow-to-elbow dining at the long, underlit, stainless steel bar instead of the small room at the back.

Service: 

The service is extremely professional. You can tell the staff are foodies themselves.

Location: 

It's tucked away down a quiet backstreet just off Calle Larios, Malaga's famous shopping street.

Price advice: 

This is probably one of the most expensive places to eat tapas, but these are no ordinary tapas! Expect to pay about 60 euros for dinner for two. The tasting menu for two is 75 euros and includes seven tapas each.

More information on La Moraga:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Tapas bar
Food:
Tapas
Address:
Pasaje de Chinitas, Calle Larios, Malaga, Costa del Sol, 29015
Telephone:
+34 952 226 851
Website:
http://www.lamoraga.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 1-4pm for lunch, dinner from 8pm-11.30 and until midnight Thurs-Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to La Moraga? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (2)

Quite right, Annie! Thanks. As you know, Dani García is certainly one of Spain's best and most-celebrated chefs, but I am just hoping that as he opens more and more establishments he's not going to let his high standards slip. So far, so good though...

He's also justifiably one of Malaga’s most lauded public figures. He’s continually in the Spanish press, awarded with prestigious prizes, and the darling of the tourism and government authorities. ( http://www.diariosur.es/20110215/local/malaga/medallas-reaccion-dani-gar... )

Is he the new Antonio Banderas (who is the area’s unofficial spokesman on everything)? I hope the gushing publicity doesn’t become ‘overkill’ or the public, and especially snobbish food critics, will back off, and his star rating will take a tumble which would be a great shame.

Love La Moraga, but it's not 'Michelin-starred' - not yet at least. Chef Dani Garcia's two Michelin stars are for his restaurant Calima.