On a recent overnight trip to Charlotte, my boyfriend and I were exploring the neighborhood around our hotel (Westin) in uptown. We started getting hungry and checked out a few places before stumbling across Malabar, tucked in a little corner spot. The menu looked appealing so we decided to try it out.
The interior is small, but high ceilinged and modern, so the space feels open and airy. There were no tables available, so we sat at the (small) bar. We got lucky grabbing the last two seats in the place - shortly after we arrived, a line snaked out the door (make reservations).
I started with the red sangria - it was good but not the best I've had, a bit on the dry side and I prefer large, juicy chunks of fruit rather than the small pieces featured here. But that is the only complaint I have about my meal. The rest was simply fabulous.
We ordered the chicken skewers, cooked to perfection and with a spicy/savory sauce on the side, the stuffed peppers (we had a fork fight to determine who won the third piece), crusty, chewy bread covered in tomato sauce, and spicy potatoes, so crisp and savory I had to refrain from shoveling them in my mouth. It was a gorgeous meal, one of the best I've had.
The service was excellent -attentive yet understated - even at the bar. They brought us a complimentary dessert (I have no idea why this happened - but it was a nice surprise!) of rice pudding that was the perfect not-too-sweet ending to our meal.
We would definitely go back, and I most definitely recommend Malabar.
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