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KALEJA One Michelin Star

The name of this restaurant by Chef Dani Carnero is particularly apt (Kaleja is the Sephardic word for alley) given its location in Málaga’s Jewish quarter, just a few steps from the city’s Picasso Museum.

It is a gastronomic restaurant based on the interpretations of the traditional Málaga recipe book and the enhancement of humble ingredients that have sometimes disappeared from large restaurants, such as beans, lentils, etc.

There are two different dining areas in the restaurant, where three menus are offered. “it is a kitchen for everyone” says Dani , who continues to run his other restaurant La Cosmopolita, also located in the historic centre of Málaga.

One table is set in the kitchen and has a capacity for a total of six people, in an exclusive corner of the fire pit where you can taste the 'Notes' menu and observe the process of preparing each dish.

In Sala, the main room, which has seven tables, twenty or so diners can enjoy a more spacious service.

The two menus

Great Memoria Menu €110 pp beverage not included.

Memoria Menu €90 pp beverage not included.

There are wine pairing at €50 and €40.

I am not sure if all the descriptions are correct, as we never received a menu.

We started off with a glass of Cava.

Excellent bread

Sopa de perdiz (partridge soup)

Bocadito de huevas de maruca con pringá de la perdiz (maruca, similar to cod, eggs with partridge meat sandwich)

Jurel, tierra y vinagre (Horse mackerel, mushroom and vinegar)

Presa Ibérica Joselito curada en Palo Cortado y chantilly de trufa (Joselito Iberian ham cured in Palo Cortado Sherry and chantilly truffle shavings)

Calamar kru con salsa mantequilla negra (Kru squid with black butter sauce)

Pimientos asados con yema y trufa (roasted peppers with yolk and truffle)

Alubias con carbonara de cecina (white beans with cecina carbonara)

Callos de Bacalao (cod tripe)

Alubias de Tolosas cocinadas en caldo de chipirón en su tinta (Tolosa beans cooked in squid broth in its own ink)

Chipirones con frijoles (baby Squid with beans)

Calabaza (pumpkin)

The wines were

Chivite Colección 125 Blanco 2016 D.O. Navarra.

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Marquês de Murrieta 2009 D.O. Rioja.

We had great service from Dani and his staff.

KALEJA Calle Marquesa de Moya, 9, 29015 Málaga +34 952 60 00 00 Twitter @RestKaleja

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