262 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 2AT
  • Telephone 0131 669 7711
  • Opening times Mon, Wed–Sun noon–10pm. Closed Tue
  • Seasonal times Closed Mon/Tue Sept–March, but open Mon & Wed–Sun April–Aug. Open every day noon–10pm in August.
  • Food served Wed–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–9pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Average price (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
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Photo of Malvarosa
in association with
Birra Moretti

Small, friendly restaurant serving familiar and interesting Spanish food to the local community.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Malvarosa is a lesson in how to create a vibrant neighbourhood restaurant; Alvaro Bernabeu greets everyone with a warm welcome and seems to know most of his diners personally. Most importantly, it serves food you really want to eat and come back for again and again, as shown by the steady stream of Portobello locals filling up the tables. Great care is taken with all aspects of the menu; the bread is made on site and flecked with chorizo or olives. Sourcing is mostly local with the exception of some specialist Spanish products such as cured hams and cheeses. The tapas span many regions of Spain from the smoky fabada bean stew of Asturias in the north to lightly spiced haddock cooked in an Andalucían style, enlivened with the tang of sherry vinegar. Vegetable tapas are particularly good such as the meltingly soft baked aubergine. Delicious paellas have that all-important crust on the base, the rice retaining a good bite. There’s a concise but decent selection of Spanish wines to choose from too at this relaxed spot, just a few minutes stroll from Edinburgh’s seaside.

  • High point: The friendly vibe and good Spanish food
  • Low point: Very busy on weekend evenings so booking's essential
  • Notable dish: Paella
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £16 per bottle