Spanish fuses with Japanese at Malabar 2.

Spanish fuses with Japanese at Malabar 2.0

Courtesy of Sakaba Malabar / Ti Gong

The interior of Sakaba Malabar is modern, with a central U-shaped bar offering a pleasurable interaction involving diners, servers and the kitchen area.

Foremost the way in Wuding Road’s food stuff and beverage revival is Sakaba Malabar, a restaurant providing creative Spanish tapas blended with Japanese cuisine.

The not long ago opened eatery is in the very same room Malabar occupied. Following 9 decades in company, the crew powering Malabar made the decision to give it a fresh glimpse and model new meals and drinks menu.

The interior design is smooth, with an earthy, great palette with a central U-formed bar supplying a exciting interplay among diners, servers and the kitchen. This is where by up to 20 attendees can appreciate dishes well prepared in a semi-open kitchen at the stop of the area. The rest of the area can accommodate a further 20 diners.

Spanish fuses with Japanese at Malabar 2.0

Courtesy of Sakaba Malabar / Ti Gong

It is really the type of restaurant that dazzles you with shiny thoughts, but also a put you can check out with buddies and get misplaced in conversation.

The executive chef is Juan Campos, also of Uncooked Eatery. Right here, Campos raises his video game by blending lively flavors from Spain with Japanese finesse, bringing collectively two cultures that share regard for large-high-quality solutions and the social role of dining. Each individual plate is exquisitely intended and beautifully presented.

It are unable to be denied that tapas should really be paired with a couple specially curated cocktails. The cocktails are formulated by master mixologist Yao Lu, owner of one particular of Asia’s 50 Finest Cocktail Bars – Union Trading Co – who also incorporates the similar Spanish-Japanese fusion philosophy in his creations. Starting up off with either the Horchata Milk Punch, in which sherry brandy dips into a smooth concoction with golden rice, almonds, cinnamon and clarified milk, or Miso Caliente, blended scotch whisky mixed with purple miso paste, honey, lemon, chili tincture and nori seaweed, is very recommended.

Spanish fuses with Japanese at Malabar 2.0

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Japanese-design escabeche mackerel

The tapas menu options a slew of intriguing dishes. The blue fin tuna tartar functions cubes of blue fin tuna adorned with ikura and grilled foie gras, all sitting on a homemade teriyaki sauce. Japanese-fashion escabeche mackerel is a further favorite, with massive pieces of mackerel standing earlier mentioned crunchy marinated pickles treated into an “escabeche” sauce (escabeche is a common Basque strategy for marinating a dish in an acidic vinaigrette). The use of Sichuan inexperienced pepper provides a ticklish emotion to the tongue.

Spanish fuses with Japanese at Malabar 2.0

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Baked crab “Taxangurro Donostiarra” with sake infused foie gras

The tapas journey continues with the regular Basque baked crab recipe “Txangurro Donostiarra,” but here Campos spins it with a Japanese touch by adding sake-infused foie gras on major, which delivers an umami twist.

Freshly cooked “tortilla de patatas” with black aioli is the variety of dish you take in as you converse and quickly comprehend, looking down at the incredibly previous bites, that you’ll overlook it when it can be absent. The very same is correct of Spain’s most common rice dish Seafood Paella, which will come with a mini measurement.

General Supervisor Anup Rajbhandari can aid you pick out the great consume to pair with your food. In addition to the vast wine list, diners can love a watchful assortment of sake in a wine glass – a wink to genuine aficionados.


Opening several hours: 5:30pm-1am (Sunday-Thursday) 5:30pm-2am (Friday-Saturday)

Tel: 5237-3085

Deal with: 1081 Wuding Rd

Common selling price: 300 yuan (US$46.45)