If we think of international food, we are sure that one of the first three we have imagined is Mexican, a classic in gastronomy. For this reason we want to make a post to tell you which are the best Mexican restaurants in Malaga, where you will discover the authentic Mexican flavour in your palate.
Nowadays we can easily find food from many parts of the world: Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian… but if we go back twenty years ago, the only international food we could find was Italian, Chinese and Mexican, and not everywhere.
Gastronomy has undergone an important change, the demands of diners and the great competition have meant that restaurants have had to rediscover themselves and offer what others don’t. To do so, they have gone a step further in their elaborations and offer traditional dishes with modern and creative touches.
Mexican restaurants are a clear example, and the change has been undoubtedly for the better, as they offer dishes with tradition, with ingredients that before you could not even imagine that they could also fit in. For all these reasons, the best thing is to tell you which are the 5 best Mexican cantinas in Malaga:
NIÑA BONITA CANTINA
It is the perfect example that Mexican cuisine is not just about nachos and tacos with sauces. The owner and head chef wanted to bring back traditional Mexican dishes and offer her diners the authentic taste of this type of food.
His secret, apart from his experience in large kitchens, is the elaboration of all his dishes and elaborations such as his doughs and sauces, always using products brought from Mexico.
If you want to try real Mexican cuisine, La Niña Bonita is one of the Mexican cantinas in Malaga where you have to go. You’ll discover different dishes such as gorditas (thick fried corn tortillas) with pork confit; crayfish with toasted butter, berry beans and rice; or tacos al pastor with lime, pineapple and coriander.
As a good Mexican you can’t miss the drinks menu, and they offer a variety of beers, Malaga wines, tequilas and seven different coktales.
Calle Martínez Campos, 16 29001 Málaga
This gastronomic group, which has restaurants in Madrid, decided to open its first restaurant outside the capital in Malaga, more specifically in Soho near Muelle Uno and the centre of Malaga.
The success of Cantina Canalla is the new concept of traditional Mexican food that they have given to all their dishes. Using the concept of classic Mexican where you can find a wide variety of tacos, enchiladas, and other dishes accompanied by pancakes, the variety of them and their ingredients is the different touch that distinguishes it.
You’ll have many options where sharing is the best option. Dishes such as the Yucatecan nachos, cochinita pibil, the sea tacos, the golden duck confit tacos or the Puerto Vallarta style tuna cebiche make Cantina Canalla one of the best Mexican cantinas in Malaga.
They are specialists in cocktails, where you can find more than ten different types of margaritas. You can also find a variety of beers, tequilas and mezcals.
Calle Trinidad Grund, 28, 29001 Málaga
Right in the centre of Malaga you will find this restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine. Despite the fact that new Mexican cantinas are opening in Malaga, especially in the centre, Tulum has kept its clientele thanks to its proposal and care for quality products.
Unlike the big chains, each of these canteens is committed to a personal cuisine, different and trying to offer traditional flavours, especially in the composition of their sauces or even in the preparation of their breads and tortillas, always handmade.
In Tulum you will find a menu with a variety of nachos: original, three cheeses, special and tulum. You can also try typical dishes such as quesadillas, tacos and burritos, as well as specialities such as cebiche and chipotle tuna.
I recommend you try some of their nacho varieties, such as the original with beans and jalapeños and then the mixed plate and try the tacos, quesadillas and burritos. To accompany your meal you have different kinds of Mexican beer and tequilas.
Calle Carretería, 102 29008 Málaga
CANTINA EL CALAMBRITO
El Calambrito is another of my favourite Mexican restaurants in Malaga, for its varied menu, its authentic flavours and the great atmosphere and friendliness of the place.
Their commitment to making a place that transports you to Mexico has been successful, not only in their food, but in the whole place with a very successful atmosphere, with music, colour and typical drinks that really make you feel as if you were in the same Garibaldi square in Mexico City.
If we focus on the food, as I mentioned before, they have an extensive menu where you can choose a few good starters to share and then an individual main course. In addition to quesadillas, burritos and tacos, they also have specialities such as steamed tortas and tacos dorados.
For starters I recommend the nachos calambritos or one of the quesadillas they have on the menu, and then you can choose one of their tacos such as cochinita pibil or chili portobello. Don’t forget that they have a wide variety of typical drinks such as mezcals, chelas, tequilas and cocktails.
Calle Nosquera, 3, 29008 Málaga
Of all those on this list, this restaurant may be the most unknown, although it is often better and you don’t have to wait in line or wait too long for your food to be served.
At Guacamole you can enjoy good, authentic Mexican cuisine, as the owner and cook is from there. One of the things that make this place stand out is the quality of its products, which are fresh and that is noticeable, although it is also true that since everything is cooked on the spot, it may take a little longer to reach the table.
As usual, although not everywhere they serve it well, the main dish is nachos, which you can order alone with cheese and guacamole or add some kind of meat such as beef, chicken or cochinita pibil. Afterwards, you can choose from a wide variety of tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas…
In addition to the good quality of its dishes, it also stands out for its prices, as this type of food is usually expensive, and for having food for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
Calle Cárcer, 1, 29008 Málaga
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