BarBoru Café and Bistro – Mijas Costa, Calahonda, Costa del Sol, Spain

BarBoru - Mijas Costa, Costa del Sol

CC. Los Jarales 2/3
Mijas Costa
Sitio de Calahonda


If you’ve been away from the British Isles a while you might sometimes long for a little bit of home style cooking – and if that’s the case than BarBoru is probably exactly what you are looking for.

It’s not a vegetarian restaurant, but it does have a few vegetarian options on the breakfast, brunch and lunch menus. They also have regular events such as mixed grill and steak nights – but for obvious reasons, these are particularly unsuitable for the average vegetarian.

It’s easy to find English-style breakfasts along this part of the coast as sadly, sometimes there seem to be more Englishes and Irishes than there are Spanishes, unable to resist the allure of sunnier climes but not wishing to miss out on UK home culture etc. However, the quality of the fodder on offer in BarBoru is noteworthy, particularly when compared to other establishments in the nearby area.

beans on toast at BarBoru - costa del sol

Beans on toast (well, next to) at BarBoru - Costa del Sol

Breakfasts are huge, prices are reasonable and the quality great. For vegetarians you can choose from scrambled egg on toast; poached egg on toast; beans on toast; cheesy beans on toast; 3 egg omelette with chips; toasted baguette with tomato and croissant with jam and butter. You can also design your own breakfast using eggs, hash browns, chips, beans, mushrooms, fried bread and tomatoes.  They also have brown or wholemeal bread for toast if you’re trying to watch your health.

The presentation is lovely and way better than competitors we’ve encountered.

On the lunch menu, starters and sides (suitable for vegetarians) consist of soup of the day, garlic mushrooms, cheesy chips, cheesy chilli garlic bread, deep fried brie and cranberry. Prices start from €1.

BarBoru also offer baguettes, toasted sandwiches and jacket potatoes (filled with cheese, beans or coleslaw).

The cakes are made in-house by an  Irish chef and include a divinely squishy banoffie pie, toasted tea cakes, carrot cake, bread pudding, cherry cake, apple pie and ice cream, cheese cake, chocolate fudge gateau (that sounds too dirty to even think about), plus heavenly moist honey flapjacks.  Dessert prices start from €1.95.

The service is very friendly and professional and the outdoor terrace makes it doggy friendly.

BarBoru near Calahonda

BarBoru near Calahonda

My only complaint is that there are no vegetarian alternatives to say the Sunday roast or burgers. I’d love a vegan nut roast with vegetables and vegetarian gravy, me! And there is no soya milk alternative for the smoothies. They do have herbal teas though and you do get a full pot for your money (just €1.)

We had some really good quality food at BarBaru and on each occasion we visited, the service was exceptionally good – everything delivered with a smile, regardless of how busy the place was.

Sweep loved it here because (due to the availability of separate ingredients on the breakfast menu) he had Irish sausage and black pudding for breakfast. Num num num – he said.

We stayed in Camping Los Jarales very nearby, but if you would like something more luxurious in Mijas Costa, please click here.


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