Malabar is a new tapas-seasoned restaurant in North Carolina
13 Jul 2012
Malabar Spanish Cuisine in Charlotte
Spanish cuisine is the salt and pepper of Malabar, the newest restaurant neighbor in uptown Charlotte which is quickly becoming a favorite of North Carolina diners.
Author: Rosa María González Lamas/©ICEX
Friendly and tasteful, Malabar is the youngest venture of Conte Restaurant Group that brings the tapas fever to uptown Charlotte.
Tapas, made to order paella, and a diverse list of regional classics are a central part of Malabar’s menu that includes vegetable tapas featuring classics as escalivada, patatas bravas and pa amb tomàquet. Spanish ingredients and recipes are also intertwined in the selection of bocatas and sandwiches where piquillo peppers, romesco sauce, Serrano ham, lomo embuchado, and cheeses are highlighted in the concoctions that make each piece of bread bliss. A daily selection of cocas is also available.
Yet, it is seafood where Spain is perhaps best mirrored in Malabar with tapas as buñuelos de bacalao (salted cod fritters), clams La Mancha style with saffron and chorizo, mejillones tigres, zarzuela de mariscos (seafood stew), grilled octopus, boquerones (anchovies), and grilled squid. A diverse paella selection, Spanish hams and signature cheeses as Idiazábal, Tetilla, Mahón, Manchego and Valdeón round up Malabar’s offer.
Sited at the Hearst Plaza in North Tyron Street, Malabar opens for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and for dinner on Saturdays. The restaurant also has a take-away service, Malabar To Go.