Unlike any other restaurant in town, Malbec offers a getaway for those interested in great food and good wine in a casual, yet classy, atmosphere. Inside Malbec, patrons are greeted by an elegant, yet quaintly-rustic, interior with a welcoming sense of sleekness that resonates throughout its exterior to the outdoor seating that is available. Such an inviting atmosphere with a great mix of seating arrangements makes Malbec a perfect fit for any restaurant go-er. “We’re good for the community,” states Amber, a server since Malbec first opened its doors to Toluca Lake this past April. Whether you are familiar with the freshness of Argentinean cuisine, a wine connoisseur, or one simply looking for a great place to dine, you are sure to fall in love with Malbec’s endless options. “We’re for everyone—younger or older, it doesn’t matter.” states manager Javier Pardini. “We offer great food and wine at a great price.”
Named after one of France’s premier wine grapes grown in excellence in Argentina, Malbec embodies the deliciously diverse cuisine praised in Argentina for its ability to successfully fuse different cultural palates. And Malbec’s mouth-watering success should come as no surprise with visionary chefs Pablo and Luciano Alcorta, who blend considerable culinary experience and passion into the creation of every dish. Amidst such an ever evolving culture, frequent trips to Argentina have helped both Javier and executive chefs Pablo and Luciano deliver superior flair and authenticity to every dish. “We’re always bringing back ideas,” says Javier. Doing what comes natural by combining not only the rich culture of Argentina but the cultural influences of Pablo and Luciano’s Spanish and Welsh background, along with Javier’s Italian background; a recipe for success.
Unique combinations of ingredients, such as dandelions in the Suprema de Pollo entrée, or sweet potato jam in the Pastelitos homemade dessert, are sure to whet every appetite. And because all dishes are homemade from fresh, organic ingredients, many of which are imported directly from Argentina, patrons are not only getting a higher quality of flavor but healthful dishes as well. Adding to the simple yet diverse menu is a nightly menu updated daily with specialty appetizers, entrées and homemade desserts, along with featured Argentinean wines, imported directly from famed Argentinean vineyards and bodegas.
For guests looking for an elegant, inviting place to host receptions, Malbec offers two private rooms to choose from, in addition to outdoor patio space, available for reservations.
Malbec has two locations, Toluca Lake (10151 Riverside Drive) and Pasadena (1001 E. Green Street). Hours of operation at both locations are: Sunday-Tuesday, 11am-9pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 11am-10pm; and Friday—Saturday, 11am-11pm. All menu items are available for takeout. For more information, call (818) 762-4860 or (626) 683-0550, or visit their Web site at www.malbeccuisine.com.