Brisbane's Spanish Restaurants You Need To Try | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best Spanish restaurants

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Hola amigos!

We know, you’re totally intimidated by our incredibly fluent Spanish, but we just wanted to get you in the mood for a tapas feast at one of the best Spanish restaurants Brisbane has to offer.

From manchego croquettas to paella and every sangria jug in between, Spanish fare is made for sharing. If you’ve got a craving for some spicy chorizo and crisp patatas, grab your amigos and find a table at one of these flavoursome spots.

El Matador | CBD

Charge on in, Brisbane! Where better to paint the town red than El Matador, tucked away in Brisbane’s bustling Burnett Lane? Far from raising red flags, however, this tapas bar offers a range of delicious morsels, including delectable patatas bravas, Iberian seafood selections, and jamon straight from their in-house humidor.

Ole | South Bank

Along with sister venue Ole Fuego at Indooroopilly, Ole is all about feasting with friends, which is why their entire menu is dedicated to share plates. Don’t attempt to pronounce anything when you order, just point and let their sangria get your tastebuds ready for stuffed baby squid, slow cooked lamb shoulder and paella packed with prawns, squid, mussels and clams.

Black Fire Restaurant | CBD

Have you met our latest flame? We can’t help but make heart eyes at the Spanish-Mediterranean delights on the menu at Brisbane’s Black Fire restaurant. Tapas into their grilled chorizo with sautéed alubias white beans or local king prawn doused in Pil Pil sauce before indulging in their signature main – tantalising duck breast seared in honey balsamic, and served with Jerusalem artichokes truffled mash. 

Hermosa Restaurant | Chermside

Tapas, paella, cerveza, and jamon – every Spanish dish under the sun can be found at this Chermside hidden gem! Channel your inner Dora and explore their crunchy chorizo and sofrito empanadas with tomato salsa or wholesome seafood paella with king prawns, calamari, and black mussels before finishing at El Dorado; their 42 Below vodka, Kahlua, and caramel popcorn cocktail.

Moda | CBD

For top shelf Spanish fare with Italian and French touches, head to Moda, where you’ll find crispy croquettes and sweet piquillo peppers alongside duck liver parfait and confit duck leg. Just be sure to save room for dessert, because you’ll go loco for Spanish crème caramel.

Peasant | The Barracks

You’d better have a game plan before you open the menu at Peasant, or you’ll be staring at the tapas options in agony over what to order for hours. If it’s been 15 minutes and you still haven’t been able to choose between the mussels in sherry and saffron cream or octopus marinated in paprika and garlic, just ask for the La Familia and let the kitchen deliver you a six-course banquet.

Alba | CBD

Basque in the glory that is Alba bar’s San Sebastian pintxos, bocadillos, and row after row of funky Spanish cocktails. Peruse their drinks menu and amongst the Gold Member and Bitter Rum cockteles lies one of their signature aperitifs – ‘Bamboo Lost,’ made with tequila, house-infused berry sherry, and Lillet.

Until next time, peeps – we’re all tapas out.

Words by Rebecca Grady and Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmands uno dos pintxos pronto