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“lovely place, homemade food and exciting flavours!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of EL Piano

EL Piano
C/ San Juan de Letran 13, 29012 Malaga, Spain
952 217886
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Ranked #95 of 1,310 Restaurants in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Vegan
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: between Teatro Cervantes and Plaza de la Merced
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“lovely place, homemade food and exciting flavours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We had tickets to a theatre show and found this place shut when we went by at about 7pm. We were looking for a place for vegan food for my husband and had heard about this one. It's a tiny wee place. We knocked to ask when it opened, and the lovely lady who spoke only Spanish, told us to come back at 8pm when they opened , but she did bring us inside to show us what was on offer that night, explaining that everything changed daily and that you got a choice of a few items ( kind of tapas style selection) We went back at 8pm where there was a really friendly guy working and he explained what all the dishes were. He spoke good English, but also chatted with me in Spanish as I am trying to practice! We had a variety of things, which seemed to be from a range of styles, South American, Indian, Spanish. etc, The selections we had were - Carrot fritters, soya chilli, spinach and pepper salad, aubergine with tomato sauce, Corn fritters, and a kind of tofu and potato cake, Also we had a vegan gluten free ginger cake. My husband was very impressed with the cakes as he is an organic baker , and pleased to find a good selection of lovely vegan cakes. The chap who worked there was very friendly and we even bought one of the cookery books they sell, with their own recipes. I've already made something from it and we've only been home two days! ;-) It was really great to find a wee place tucked up a back street that wasn't fussy but just did really tasty, well done home cooked food! Very reasonable prices too!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Magdalena C, Owner at EL Piano, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Praise from a baker! Wonderful! There is nothing quite like a positive review from someone in the trade...Thank you so much! Having trained as a teenager as a baker myself of course I am a bit biased! We appreciate you taking the time to write so fully and allowing other Trip Advisor readers an accurate idea of what is on offer. In time, of you come again or to EL PIANO in Granada or York, perhaps you might let us know how you got on with the gluten-free recipes for bread in the cookbook!
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West Kirby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“A Little Shop of Wonders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

El Piano is small; very small. However, the food packs a punch that makes it worthwhile.

I first came across this family-run, dual-nationality organisation in York, UK. That is a fully-fledged restaurant, whereas this is more of a take-away eatery. The style of food is similar - tapas in small or large 'boats.

It is exclusively vegan and the food is diverse and tasty. The basil pasta and the banana curry were particularly flavoursome, but the rest was great too. I went with two non-vegans who eat so much, they were full, which is as good a recommendation as any.

Places like this, where the emphasis is on friendly service and healthy uncompromisingly vegan food need to be supported but I do so in the confidence that unless you are particularly picky, you'll love the food on offer here.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Magdalena C, Owner at EL Piano, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thanks for all the detail in the review! So glad that you liked it along with your fellow omnivores. As the summer kicks in in Malaga, and the heat and humidity become oppressive, we are lucky to have our outdoor tables in such a shady and breezy foot street...We look forward to serving you again in EL PIANO, since you know EL PIANO YORK perhaps it will be there!
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Healthy tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Nice little vegan place. Food is good and tastefull (which is not always the case in these kinds of places). The owner is passionate about her food, only talks spanish but is really helpfull if you do not speak it too well.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Magdalena C, Owner at EL Piano, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thanks for your great review. Don't worry too much all you non-Spanish speakers! Many of the staff are multi-lingual and, as you can read from this customer review, smiling and miming go along way toward making oneself understood. And of course there is also the food on display and the pointy finger to fall back on!
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“veggie delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

If you're looking to take a break from tasting traditional tapas, El Piano offers a healthy and equally tasty alternative. The dishes on offer include salads, dahl, quiches, falafel and burgers. The interior is tiny but bust as a constant stream of locals pop in for take-away dinners in the evening and a few outdoor tables on the vibey pedestrian street linking Plaza Merced with the Teatro Cervantes are a good "Eat-in" option. Having enjoyed a very reasonably priced dinner of a selection of four dishes for 5 odd euro from the display case I returned for lunch a few days later - I was pleased to see that the selection had changed somewhat, guaranteeing freshness and staving off boredom should you be lucky enough to become a regular! The plaza de merced is a minute away if you want to enjoy your lunch in the sun while soaking up a different view.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Magdalena C, Owner at EL Piano, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thanks for such a positive and informative review. We are glad you liked the food and noticed that we are cooking constantly to ensure the freshest results using the best local ingredients. It's great for us when reviewers talk price and location. The tip about eating in the nearby Plaza de la Merced will be welcome guidance for potential visitors wanting to soak up the heat as there you can site in full sun all day. Outside EL PIANO our tables in the little pedestrianised street offer some relief from the heat and a constant gentle breeze in high summer. Prices don't differ whichever you choose and if you come more than once you can try both!
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London, United Kingdom
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“A Gluten-free Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

As a Coeliac, I felt I had arrived in Heaven when I found El Piano down a tiny back street in Malaga. All the food is not only macrobiotic vegetarian (suited my travelling companion) but also naturally gluten-free. There was a wide choice of European, Oriental and Middle-Eastern dishes. The concept was to choose 4 items which were arranged together on a platter and heated through for you or left cold if you preferred. You could then either take it away or eat in on high stools at the tiny counters along the side or at the outside tables. One word of warning for coeliacs, not all the drinks are gluten-free.

The prices were reasonable, the food delicious, the staff very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was very relaxed, with locals popping by to eat and have a chat. We went in early March so I can't say what it is like in high season, but we loved the place and ate there several times during our stay.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Magdalena C, Owner at EL Piano, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Well that's such a nice review. Not only did you enjoy the food but you also experienced some of the street life which is such a dominant feature in southern Spain. EL PIANO MALAGA is lucky to be in the absolute epicentre of dining and culture in Malaga on the tiny pedestrianised street that connects the Cervantes Theatre and the main square Plaza de la Merced. You are right, all you need do is go TWICE and you are seated and greeted like an old friend and before long, yes, the neighbours know you too! Thanks for coming and for entering into the spirit of this lovely old Spanish part of the city.
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