The voice of Devendra Barnhart welcomes you to restaurant of the brothers Vera, Javier and Alejandro, which has already become a must for anyone looking for an original meal paired with an excellent and fresh selection of wines.
Garcia Taberna opened in 2015 in an alley near Teatro Cervantes in Malaga. The founders had an initial vision for a grocery market of sausages, cheese and wine, but it soon turned into a restaurant once they saw the possibilities among the place and the intimacy around them.
The Garcia is a personal project in which the recipes stem from the impulses of Javier, the creator of the menu. In it, he flees from pretentiousness but does not renounce exoticism. There being a holiday in Thailand and Indonesia, a place of residence in Lavapies and in-between Peruvian and Indian cuisine, marks their gastronomic holiday proposal. Of course, not to forget the most traditional and Andalusian elaborations.
Thus, it is easy to find an Asian nuance in its roll of a Galician beef carpaccio with goat cheese flakes or an excellent Barbate tuna in a dish far from the national Lima cuisine. They have mastered their sweet chili prawns with black couscous and citrus guacamole – a balanced combination of textures and sweet and spicy flavors – topped with grilled octopus on revolconous potatoes. They manage to perfect their texture, both crispy and juicy, that there is unconditional faith for those who stumble upon San Juan de Letrån, coming from the touristic routes near the capital of Malaga.
The square of the circle is surrounded by wines that have been hand picked by the Vera brothers. The wine list is made up of 16 references and 13 denominations of origin; both which are restocked every few months, maintaining over half a dozen names. The exhibition of bottles occupies an outstanding amount of space in the reduced premises; the bottle reserves are advisable. The walls wrapped in wood, cement and exposed brick are punctuated by the works of Malaga artist Javier Calleja, and by a dim lighting that is appreciated in a city so bright. Garcia Taverna is a gastronomic alternative with reasonable prices and is both relaxed and sensible; a restaurant that does not lose the audacity of those who enjoy cooking.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 8 PM-12 AM; Friday-Saturday from 1-5 PM and 8 PM-12 Am. Closed Sunday and Monday’s.
Average price: 30 euros
Text: Lakshmi Aguirre
Photos: David Triviño