Malva is a recent arrival to the thriving restaurant scene of Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe. The restaurant is run by Roberto Alcocer, a true son of Ensenada. Roberto's training and creativity in Malva are living proof that sustainability is not only good for the environment, it is also very tasty.
Most of the ingredients, now including the wines, are raised or cultivated on the premises, and the seafood is brought from Ensenada's markets.
We, 12 adults and three children, had a fixed seven course meal. To that we must add a little appetizer and an "exit" dish as Roberto calls it.
Food was fresh and varies. The "escolar" was perfect, the salads fresh, and the dry lamb cooked in a brick oven was a new and fresh approach to lamb, which usually has a game taste, not liked by everyone.
The restaurant serves the wines from its vineyards, and some local and small brewery beers.
I reccomend reservations in advance, to make sure there is enough food prepared for the day.'
Although the Ensenada region has many new, exciting and good restaurants, Malva is outstanding in the way it combines in a very creative and tasty way regional ingredients and a first class attention. I counted more that seven staff present serving our party. We went on a Tuesda, a day when the restaurant is closed. Malva will break the rule and open for parties of five or bigger and a fixed menu.
Don't miss this opportunity of combining a great landscape with an unforgettable meal.
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