The Spaniards, as a nation of passionate peoples, bring a certain ‘pizazz’ to things that frankly, make us Aussies blush. From cooking to arguing, romance to writing, the Spanish bring emotion in spades. If you strive for a life with a little more especia, or you just fancy something a little sexier than modern Australian, we’ve found the very best of España on your doorstep.
Here are our picks of the top 10 Spanish finds in Brisbane.
Moda | Brisbane CBD
The closest to Catalan-style cooking you’ll find this side of the Mediterranean, Moda specialise in this historical nation’s dishes. Make sure to book a table out in the courtyard, order yourself a ‘big’ red (carafe size, natch), and feast on their reef fish ceviche with rosewater, followed by a serving of their infamous paella. Delicioso!
Peasant | Petrie Terrace
If Peasant were a Spanish celebrity, it would defs be Javier Bardem: inviting and seductive on the outside, dark and mysterious on the inside. Oh, and the food’s pretty great too. If you’re indecisive, order the charcuterie board with a side of crispy pork belly chicharrón… Spain did invent the whole share plate thing, after all.
Gordita | Fortitude Valley
Endearingly named after the slang Spanish word for a cute, ‘spunky’ girl, Gordita was always going to be far more than just croquettes and jamon. Pull up a stool at the bar; take a shot of tequila with the bartender, and order some plato pequeños (that’s small plates to you and I).
The Sangria Bar | South Brisbane
Doing like any proper Spanish tapas bar would, The Sangria Bar, adjacent to tapas bar Olé, is open until midnight. It’s just about one of the only bars in Brisbane with a proper Sangria menu, so do yourself a favour, pull up stumps, and order yourself the Sangria flight. What’s treat yo’ self in Spanish?
Rio Rhythmics | West End
Be honest, who doesn’t secretly dance to all the scenes in Take The Lead—Antonio Banderas is hella dreamy, right? If you fancy shaking your hips in a place other than your bedroom (and perhaps with a dance partner), Rio Rhythmics bring the soul to their dance classes. Learn anything from Latin to Salsa, Cuban to the Tango, and shake what your mamma gave you.
Spanish Tapas Class at The Golden Pig | Newstead
One part café, one BIG part cooking school, The Golden Pig is a melting pot of keen-as-a-bean coffee lovers and aspiring cooks. Sign yourself up to their Spanish Tapas class, where you’ll get hands-on experience learning how to make modern tapas dishes. When you’re done, feast on your labours and knock back with a glass of wine!
Malt Traders | Fortitude Valley
You heard it here first, Sherry is making a comeback—no, this is not a joke. A drink synonymous with your dear old nanna during the festive season (but actually originating from the town of Anulusia in Spain), Sherry’s dusting off its bad rep, and is now being stocked in fine independent establishments like Malt Traders. Stocking up on the real top-shelf stuff, come and sample some of their finest and we guarantee you’ll change your tune.
Cowch | South Brisbane
The city’s equivalent to the Willy Wonka Factory, Cowch is every dessert person’s fantasy. Order the baked churros platter, with slated caramel and chocolate dipping sauce. You’re welcome.
Scrumptious Reads | Fortitude Valley
Scrumptious Reads stocks an incredible collection of cooking books, culinary-themed tomes, foodie mags and other food related treasures. Stock up on a few of their stunning hardbacks for serious inspiration. Who knows, you could be the next José Andrés.
Latin Delights Empanadas Food Truck | West End Markets
For those of you after a real taste of Spain, then the quest for a traditional empanada has likely found you queuing up at Latin Delights Empanadas food truck at the West End markets. The perfect snack, these meat or cheese-filled pastries are small enough to stuff in your gob at a highly satisfying rate. For this, we are ever thankful.
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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