Sydney’s Best Spanish Restaurants

By Jessica Yun
13th Aug 2014

Here at The Urban List, we want to give you the best of the best – the crème de la crème, as it were. Spanish food is almost always good no matter where you go, but after a long day we understand if you're feeling extra-picky about where you eat, what you drink and with whom.

With this in mind, we've handpicked some of the best Spanish restaurants in Sydney. You know, the ones that make us feel like we're actually in Spain. Now that we've got the good food and drink part sorted, the only thing you need to do is get some friends together – the tapas won't share itself!

MoVida | Surry Hills

We love it when the best parts of Melbourne find a home in Sydney. MoVida is a prime example. The guys here focus on providing a contemporary Spanish culinary experience for diners - and what an experience it is! Don't leave without sampling their iconic anchoa (tomato sorbet and Cantabrian anchovy on crouton cracker) or the bocadillo de chorizo (the most adorable bite-sized chorizo sliders). We'd make this list longer, but then it'd be the whole menu.

Tapavino | CBD

To allow Tapavino's reputation to briefly speak for itself, this Spanish bar in the CBD was Sydney Morning Herald's runner-up for 'Best New Bar' within four months of opening and won 'Best Bar with Food' a year after that. Impressive, huh? Some of our favourites include the warm cow's cheese and walnuts in vine leaves a la blancha and the refreshing shaved cucumber, black olive and seared watermelon ensalada.

Foley Lane | Darlinghurst

It's hard to say whether the wine or the food is the main event, since Foley Lane doesn't pick favourites. So let's just agree that food and wine are co-stars in this delicious Spanish production. Their empanada del dia (mushroom and cheese empanada) packs a punch and goes wonderfully with their blanca sangria (white rum and wine). But then, what doesn't  go well with a sangria? Not much.

Jah Bar | Manly

Jah Bar is the go-to destination in Manly for Spanish style comfort food, featuring old favourites such as zucchini flowers and patatas bravas. However, their specialty lies within a unique section of the menu that's entirely dedicated to flat breads (all gluten-free!). Spinach, goats cheese, cumin and lemon never goes awry, but life is too short not to try the pork belly, quince and chilli flat bread. It's amazing!

Bodega | Surry Hills

Bodega is only a short walk from Central Station – which makes it a great option for meeting with friends. They've successfully combined fine dining in a casual atmosphere and we love it! Bodega will utterly shatter your preconception of fish fingers, and their ever popular roast pumpkin salad is more than substantial with manchego and zucchini flowers. We promise you won't be leaving Bodega disappointed. Or hungry, for that matter.

Despaña | Glebe

Despaña is pretentious food without any of the pretention; here you'll find cushions on couches, bright stools and wooden barrels as makeshift tables. It's the kind of place you'd happily call home (provided the food came with it).  There are several options for vegetarians, but it's their cured meats and braised beef cheeks that we know and love them for.

The Crow Bar | Crows Nest

The Crow Bar has made a name for itself with its warm service and for the quality of ingredients they use. Everything on the menu has been chosen with precision - and it shows. Not to be outdone, the cocktail menu is designed to impress. The talented bar staff are happy to veer you away from what you usually have (no vodka sodas for you) and take you somewhere even better.

Ash St. Cellar | CBD

Taking influences from France, Italy and Spain, head chef Zac Ahrens creates dishes that perfectly compliment their vast array of wines. Share a kingfish ceviche with avocado, cucumber and lime or try a selection of small bites which include empanadas and boquerones. Although Ash St. Cellar is located in the CBD, its secluded spot behind the Ivy reveals a quieter side of Sydney.

Ms. Miller | Cammeray

Allow us to formally introduce you to Ms. Miller.  She is a personification of all the "simplest indulgences in life" – good food, good wine and good conversation. We highly recommend that you keep an eye out for their specials, but if you're feeling spoilt for choice, opt for the pork belly, guindillas and beetroot bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches). Not to be missed is the affogato, which is as beautiful as Ms. Miller herself. Or so we imagine.

Miro Tapas Bar | CBD

Like Tapavino, Miro's reputation speaks for itself. However, unlike Tapavino, their reputation has been earned from years of hard work serving the best Spanish in Sydney. Grab a house made sangria and pintxo at the bar or dive head first into their popular mixed paella. You're guaranteed a good night out when you start at Miro Tapas Bar!

Have you found a place that you think is the best Spanish restaurant in Sydney? Let us know in the comments!

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