You know tapas, tiny food from Spain? Here’s five tapas joints you need to check out for your next date night.
While some of the restaurants on this list are stalwarts on the Perth dining scene, Los Bravos is all new school. While you’ll want to leave room for their cooked-to-order paella, you won’t be able to go past the traditional-with-a-twist tapas. Salted Spanish mackerel with almond and citrus, manchego croquettes, roast mushrooms with polenta… need I say more?
252 William Street, Northbridge
Andaluz Bar & Tapas
Remember the good old days, when small bars were a revelation to us, and we couldn’t get enough of those totally, soooo Melbourne laneways? Andaluz was right at the forefront of the small bar scene and has stayed there ever since. These guys nail classic tapas, with staples like patatas bravas, boquerones, calamares and more – but you’ll really want to suss out the specials board for some shining stars.
21 Howard Street, Perth
Hailed as Perth’s first tapas bar, Duende was, for many of us, our first introduction to Spanish food. This date-night favourite has been dishing up tapas in Leederville since 2003, but you don’t need to wait for dinner to enjoy their offerings. Open for brunch on the weekends, they’ve recently been expanding their selection of vegan dishes, too – so everyone can get into the Spanish spirit. Olé!
662 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Pinchos has quickly become synonymous with tapas in Perth. With “authentic European prices”, it’s no surprise! Pinchos clasicos start at $1 and $2, for small serves of anchovies or chorizo (at that price, it’s hard to argue against trying them all…). Spanish omelettes are an authentic touch, and there’s a huge selection of Spanish cured meats and conservas – gourmet tinned seafood like sardines and mussels. If you have room, work your way up to the bigger tapas plates and raciones (calamari and chorizo with piquillo cream, meatballs with goats cheese and pine nuts, pork skewers with salsa verde to name a few).
749 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Heno and Rey
Sitting under the InterContinental and opposite His Majesty’s Theatre, Heno and Rey is perfectly situated to find a bit of Spanish ambience in the middle of the CBD. Stop by for an after work for a jug of sangria, then check out the raw bar for ceviche and local oysters. Their charcuterie section is extensive, and the small plates feature classics like chorizo, octopus, croquettes and whitebait.
Corner King Street & Hay Street, Perth
And if you’re feeling a bit DIY, why not stop into some of our favourite gourmet delis to stock up on tapas essentials you can have at home?
Black Pig Deli & Co.
These guys do a charcuterie and cheese club, so you don’t even have to make those tough decisions – just stop by, pick up your box, and try to resist their other goodies.
4/890 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Shop 1b Kingsley Shopping Centre, Kingsley (Corner Kingsley Drive and Creaney Drive)
72 Lake Street, Northbridge
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
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Cover photo of Los Bravos in Northbridge