The cultural melting pot that is Sydney’s dining scene is inspirational to say the least but when it comes to share dishes, no one does it better than the Spanish. From paella to garlic prawns and chorizo, these are the finest Spanish restaurants Sydney town has to offer.
Bringing the forgotten art of Spanish cooking into the present is no easy task, but under the skilled hands of Chef and Co-owner Nathan Sasi, Mercado has risen to the top of Sydney’s Spanish dining scene with its heritage intact. Whole animal butchery, meat curing, cheese making and bread baking with supplies from the best local farmers is what Mercado champions. The result? The food speaks for itself with a menu that changes with the seasons.
4 Ash Street, Sydney CBD
Bodega Tapas Bar
From tradition to the modern contemporary, Bodega Tapas Bar in Surry Hills specialises in Latin dishes with a fun and creative flair. To showcase this approach to food there’s an open kitchen pumping out signature fish fingers and their own version of a banana split as well as veal, wagyu skirt steak and more. As with all good Spanish grub, the menu changes based on the best seasonal produce available.
216 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Balcon By Tapavino
If you can overlook the cool decor and city balcony views then you’re in for a treat as the food here is just as damn good. Balcon is the brain child of Sydney Spanish wine bar, Tapavino. These guys take the Spanish obsession for food with a contemporary approach to the rustic and refined dishes from the country’s northern region. If it’s casual fine dining in the heart of the city you’re after then this is your little hidden gem doing it right. Rest assure the wine is also on point.
17 Bligh St, Sydney
Encasa has spawned three locations across Sydney now but their latest and greatest is the Lane Cove branch which pairs the same authentic Spanish cuisine in a cosy location with cool industrial vibes. On the menu you can expect cured meats, tapas, canned fish, wine and coffee. The specials at this particular eatery includes pork-and-beef meatballs in Encasa’s signature sauce and battered calamari with rich squid-ink aioli.
132 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove
Awarded Sydney’s best Spanish restaurant across three separate years (2009, 2010, 2015), Postales needs no introduction. Drop by this eatery if you expect nothing but the finest from Spanish cuisine outside of Spain. The fitting location in the heritage GPO building serves up main courses made with the finest ingredients available.
Think roasted pork belly, pan roasted snapper fillet, linguine pasta with prawns, snapper and clams. And let’s not forget their paella which is recognised as the best in Sydney thanks to a secret broth. Needless to say, bookings are essential.
Lower Ground Floor, Sydney GPO Building, No. 1 Martin Pl
Step outside of the city centre and you will find Despana in semi-suburban Glebe. Despana embraces this with its a casual cushions, couches and wooden barrels propping up tables. Alongside the cured meats and braised beef cheeks there’s also a decent vegetarian menu for the greenies.
101 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Can Cava Pintxos & Wine
The authentic taste of Spanish pintxos can be found in sunny Bondi. Of course it wouldn’t the Eastern Suburbs without a cool twist and Can Cava offers that in spades with a modern range of delicious, multi bite size dishes inspired by the original pintxos artisans. Think goats cheese croquette, zucchini tortilla, tuna tartare, pork belly and chorizo. Remember to share.
101 Hall St, Bondi Beach
Alegrias Spanish Tapas
A sleek and elegant affair amongst fine Spanish food can be experienced within the high ceilings of Alegrias in Balmain. Diners can enjoy small plates, mains and paella amongst the chandeliers whilst a tapas menu covers all bases from the land to the sea and the garden.
9/332 Darling St, Balmain
Mordeo Bistro & Bar
Southern European fusion restaurant Mordeo merges Italian, French and Spanish cuisine all under the one roof. On the menu is chorizo croquettes, Portuguese style chicken and craft beer set in a contemporary space which rolls outdoors for some alfresco dining.
1/126 Phillip St, Sydney