There were few vegetarians in Malaga when El Calafate first opened its doors in 2010. It became one of the first eateries in Malaga to have no meat on the menu. In fact, this gap in the market was the primary reason they began their business.
Principally the menu is made up of vegetarian versions of traditional Spanish food, though there are dishes from other countries as well, such as falafel and moussaka.
Although much of the clientele is local, the restaurant is also popular with the international community and tourists who have just arrived at Malaga port. “Normally there are many English people and Germans,” explains Javier Fiestas Botella, one of three associates who came together to launch the project.