During our weekend in Málaga last month we have had a lovely dinner at restaurant Vino Mio, in addition to the traditional Spanish tapas-restaurants. Dutch owner Hélène runs this lovely restaurant for over 10 years, first around the corner – now in this beautiful setting next to Teatro de Cervantes. Vino Mio is a combination between the somewhat broader culinary kitchen with mostly Dutch tourists and expats, and the traditional Spanish guests and authentic tapas. This reflected in the course of the evening: we always dine long and early in the evening we mostly see Dutch people who are living in Spain and tourists, who are entertained with a Flamenco dance while eating, and after a moment of silence the Spanish guests wander inside – looking for fine tapas and conviviality. Fortunately this can be found both in this lovely place.
I step inside and, after immediately being welcomed by the owner, take a seat. I observe the décor and my eyes are instantly drawn to all the paintings that are hanging all over the restaurant. Every month there is another exposition of several Spanish artists. I kinda like that creative twist. The Buddha’s and Geishas at this moment somehow take the Spanish feeling away from me – but are beautiful.
Together with Hélène we chat, while sipping our sangria, and the enthusiasm of this ambitious woman is not to be missed. A whirlwind and a bump of energy who should be proud of what she has set up here in Málaga. Dining is a party, we are spoiled by the owner with all kinds of delicious dishes and sangria. A perfect goat cheese salad, couscous with shrimp, carpaccio, duck, quesedillas and fantastic desserts. Even though the single starters and main dishes are complete dishes for themselves, we’re in Spanish atmospheres and share all dishes. My sincerest compliments for the kitchen.
At 20:00 a Flamenco show starts in the middle of the restaurant. Uplifting music, singing and dancing, I find it entertaining…until the moment where she comes my way and lets me dance the Flamenco in a packed restaurants, to be seen in our movie. Slightly less entertaining for the other guests, but hilarious. A little touristy though, but secretly I had loads of fun and it was great watching a show like this. Eventually the whole staff dances and it’s a pleasant evening that we definitely won’t forget.
We were invited to have dinner here. Reviews are based on personal experiences.