A WHALE OF A TIME AT BELUGA

Wow, what a summer we’re having here in Malaga! The sun’s hat is well and truly on, as are our facemasks. As a result, us honorary Malagueños are sweating like the U.S Bureau of Medical Services each time Trump advocates using hydroxychloroquine. While we continue to exercise strict Covid precautions, sitting down for a meal is one of the few chances we get to fully flaunt our naked faces. One such opportunity came from a memorable meal at Beluga in Malaga City centre. We were fortunate enough to be accompanied by two of our lovely friends from London, who managed to make it over for a visit before Boris put the kibosh on their holiday plans. We lowered our masks and shared an exquisite meal, whilst gazing across the table at their handsome mouths and chins.

This beautiful bull meatball was gone in a flash.

Beluga is nestled in a quiet square, mere meters from the buzzing Calle Larios. Their sister (monster?) restaurant; Kraken is at the same site and well worth a visit too. Boasting plenty of shaded outdoor space, Beluga seemed the perfect spot for a relaxed, somewhat boozy afternoon lunch. Mrs Flavour recognised our charming waitress from her recent ladies’ lunch at Kraken. Her instincts quickly saw us sated with chilled G&T’s that were potent enough tranquilise a whale, but not the four of us. We ordered wine and drooled over the enticing menu, trying our best not to go ahead and order everything. We chose well!

Sorry mozzarella, burrata has claimed your throne!

We opted for a starter each, plus an exquisite pink tomato salad with burrata for the table. It was so deliciously cool and creamy that we felt sorry for it’s less attractive cousin mozzarella, who barely gets a visit these days. The bull meatball with truffled potato foam and shitake was wonderful. It reads like a winter warmer, but those flavours stayed heavenly in the hot summer sunshine. The beetroot cream and cheese ice cream with pine nuts was a refreshingly tasty surprise. Especially as I normally shy away from beetroot. This lovely starter usual comes with dried tuna, but we ordered sin pescado, because our friend is one of those “fussy” types.

Is that a Kraken in my black rice?

Beluga have devoted a section of their special lunch menu to rice dishes, which were indeed very special. These came presented in traditional paella pans, which despite appearing huge were easily polished off. We battled each other for fair shares of their scrumptious black rice, which paired nicely with the black fideua noodle dish. Our fussy friend chose a vegetable rice dish, which was equally delicious and gained savage attention from our hungry party. By the time we were done, there was barely room for dessert. However, there’s always room for hot apple cake with bourbon-vanilla ice cream, so that went down the hatch too.

Our afternoon at Beluga was filled with indulgent pleasure. The staff were friendly, and the food was among the best we’ve enjoyed in Malaga. After all that fine hospitality, we were delighted that siestas are an important part of the culture here. You should pay a visit to Beluga when you’re next in town. Rest assured; you’ll be guaranteed a whale of a time too.

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