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“Really good for tasting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Jose Carlos Garcia

Restaurante Jose Carlos Garcia
Plaza de la Capilla, 29001 Malaga, Spain
952 003 588
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Ranked #147 of 1,309 Restaurants in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
London
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93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Really good for tasting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

They are very keen on their tasting menu here. The waiter explained to us that the main tasting menu expressed their philosophy and was a crescendo of experiences. There is an a la carte but we decided to go with the flow and ate the (about) 90€ full tasting menu - 19 courses. There is also a shorter 54€ tasting menu.

We were in the back dining room that looks out through large glass windows to the side. It only had two tables but was a very large room; the tables were well apart ( about 3-4m) and there were also two sitting areas with large sofas not being used. Maybe they set the room up depending on the bookings? Not an attractive space as the concrete unit occupied by the restaurant still has bare walls, but with contemporary decoration it is pleasant enough.

The outstanding course was served in an egg shell. On the top was an asparagus taste, lower down mint and finally the lightly poached yolk. This was a superb dish with exciting harmonious flavour; more like this an the eponymous chef will get more stars. Of the other 18 courses, all were fine or good with a hake dish standing out. Trying to remember the courses later, three had escaped our memory so overall a memorable experience.

I do not usually go for a tasting menu and consider them a fashion experience rather than a meal. However, this one came together well and the overall experience was good. Most of the service was good but the waiter changed towards the end of the meal to another, less skilled at describing the dishes. The service felt a bit rushed at times but we were there nearly three hours. Too many courses perhaps.

Just under 300€ including aperitif and two bottles of wine.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Istanbul, Turkey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The best in Malaga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

There were 2 set menus, we ate the small menu. It was really good. The meat (cheek) was slightly dull, could have been more courageous, but other than that it was a really good experience. The atmosphere was also very calming. Definitely worth the trip.

  • Visited April 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The whole set up friendly, low key discrete.. Delighful portions,never too large, surprising tastes.
Price for a lunch menu 54 euros. Worthwhile

  • Visited April 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“New year 31/12/2012”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I spent new years eve here. There was a pre-set menu for the evening. The menu had about 12 different courses and also included all wine through out the whole evening and also lucky grapes and champagne for the midnight. All this for 150 EUR + VAT per person.
The food was really excellent! Every detail perfect... The service however was a bit "stressed". Just to get some water refill took 10-15 min... It was noticable that the service staff wasn't very good organiced.
But overall the visit was great and really something to remember!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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La Cala de Mijas, Spain
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The best culinary experience in Malaga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We have been there yesterday and we have to say that from A to Z it was excellent. The whole staff is friendly, pleasant and professional. The food is fresh and extremely loyal / faithful to the aliments savors. The wine card is well-stocked and emphasizes the Spanish vineyard. For those who are high class food lovers, this is THE place to go in Malaga. By the way, congrats to the Chef for his job and for the reward he just obtained a week ago with a first Michelin star.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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