KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- A local Spanish restaurant, Salud Tapas located near Jonker Street, Melaka was recently granted international recognition. It received the award 'Restaurant from Spain' certified by the Spanish Government.
The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain in Malaysia Inés Pérez-Durántez handed over the certificate to restaurant manager Maria Marcos, witnessed by the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Spain in Malaysia Santiago Lozano and Melaka Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Executive Council member Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis.
The award is an acknowledgment of its quality service and the hard and consistent work maintained in the last seven years.
A statement by the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain in Malaysia quoted Lozano as saying that Salud Tapas is the first Spanish restaurant in Malaysia outside of Kuala Lumpur to be honoured with this universal recognition.
"This award distinguishes those establishments outside Spain which offer their diners authentic high-quality Spanish cuisine, with unique and different image and flavours.This special event will contribute to reinforce the already strong ties between Malaysia and Spain, creating synergies, as both cultures are profoundly fond of their culinary history and the search for new flavours.
"Deciding what is 'an authentic quality Spanish cuisine' instead of what 'sounds or seems Spanish' requires a strict process that begins with the submission of applications by interested restaurants, assessments, inspections and a technical evaluation by the Certifying Committee in Spain," he said.
Meanwhile, Pérez-Durántez explained that the process follows a strict certification procedure based on technical criteria - applying the principles of objectivity, verification, practicality and transparency.
She said, the initiative, that started in 2020 with four countries, counts now with just over 200 restaurants certified around the world and five of them located in Malaysia, with four in Kuala Lumpur.
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