17 July 2011

Espana Tapas Bar

A cold winters night, and in search of al fresco dining with outdoor heaters and good food, then head to Espana in Broadbeach. Situated just outside the Oasis shopping centre, this little eatery only seats 28 people and does not take bookings, so it’s first come first serve. 

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Upon arriving, we were told we had to leave our name and number and wait about half an hour for a table. It was a Friday night and the place was packed, so we happily decided to go to a different bar (two shops away) and have a drink while we waited and guess what? As soon as we sat down with our drinks, my mobile rang and it was Espana telling me they had a table available. I explained that we would be about 5 to 10 minutes and the girl on the phone indicated that any longer than 5 minutes and they would have to give the table away…

Unprofessional comes to mind…but I was trying to stay positive, so we gulped down our drinks and headed to Espana. This was not boding well with my partner at all!  As we were seated, the waitress informed us about the specials, which were also chalked on a blackboard above the bar. Waiting for a friend to arrive, we decided to start with some bread, which was served with olive oil, which was good but nothing spectacular. We did end up ordering two bowls of bread to mop up the juices of the other dishes. 

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We then chose a dish of patatas bravas, grilled potatoes, topped with a tomato and herb sauce. This was nice, although a bit on the small side for three people to share.

CIMG0097 I have to rave about the sangria though, it was delicious, sweet and fruity unlike some others that I have tasted, which can be quite bitter. They also stock a wide range of Spanish wines and beers.

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Next we had one of the specials, beef cheek slow cooked in a bean and chickpea tomato sauce…if you love meat, then this dish will satisfy you, it was hearty and tasty, a great winter tapas. My friend also ordered a chorizo with black-eyed bean dish but I failed to take a photo of it, mainly due to it being gobbled up so quickly…the chorizo was awesome though.

CIMG0100I especially loved the paprika spiced chicken skewers with mojo verde. The flavours of the chicken were fantastic and very well seasoned, in fact I would say this was my favourite dish. 

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And so that rounded off our night…a word of advice though, the servings whilst being on the pricier side are not overly huge so be prepared to fork out if you want to enjoy all that this restaurant offers.

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