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Brisbane’s best tapas spots

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Sharing is caring, as Barney once so excitedly taught us – but that dino wisdom never stopped us from crossing our arms in defiance whenever a friend nicked our fries.

Well, until we discovered that sharing meant we actually got to taste more of everything, that is.

In the spirit of sharing (and let’s be honest, stuffing ourselves full of haloumi and chorizo), we’re choosing to tapas into our love for the original share plates, straight from Spain. Prepare to feast at Brisbane tapas spots so good, even those friends who usually take a cue from Gandalf and insist ‘you shall not tapas’ will be won over.

And yes, we’re talking about the real deal – not just share plates masquerading under the good tapas name (we’re looking at you, cheeseburger sliders).

Peasant | Petrie Terrace

There’s no experience richer than one packed with good friends and even better food. Hit this Petrie Terrace courtyard for plates of char-grilled chorizo, charcuterie, and empanadas with lamb, pea and potato. Red or white, your accompanying sangria is set to be a killer. Sink your teeth into Paella Sundays, the tapas tasting board (available Sunday-Thursday) or book your next function in their beautiful private dining room.

Ole | South Bank

Pull up a chair at South Bank’s signature Spanish haven and load your table with plates of potato and onion tortillas, marinated Spanish olives and fresh calamari. Trust us, the term ‘small plates’ shouldn’t stop you from arriving with a big appetite. Oh, and if you hadn’t guessed from their aptly-named Sangria Bar, your tapas session won’t go without its companion carafe (or four).

Southside Bistro ǀ Sunnybank

For tapas with a twist, there’s no better place to feast on the small stuff at Southside Bistro. Expanding outside of Spain and taking inspiration from… well everywhere, Southside serves up delicate French baked escargot with café de paris butter on garlic potato mash, za’atar spiced chicken wings, slow cooked meatballs and charred prawns with nori and lemon butter.  And while not strictly tapas, we can’t help but mention their bao burgers which are truly what foodie dreams are made of!

Moda | CBD

Catch a glimpse of Europe without the embarrassing Contiki photos with a night at Edward Street’s Moda. With flavours inspired by Spain, France and Italy, we’re starting to see why good things come in threes – and it looks an awful lot like manolete chorizo, fried anchovies, and zucchini flowers with goat’s cheese.

Soul Bistro ǀ Milton

Far from traditional, but always on point is just one way to describe the amazing tapas at Soul Bistro. Hidden within Milton’s suburban scene, this restaurant is one worth seeking, with its slow cooked pork belly alone being an absolute smorgasbord for the senses. Further putting the soul in Soul Bistro is the chicken and prawn san choi bow, chorizo tater tots with melted blue cheese and sticky lamb belly ribs tapa plates, whose richness will leave you floating on cloud nine.

Canvas | Woolloongabba

Come for the inventive pop-culture inspired cocktails, stay because you’re full of tapas and literally can’t move. After a face-stuffing session of grilled halloumi with sautéed chorizo and spiced potatoes with tomato, basil and garlic aioli, we’re pretty sure this canvas won’t be white by the end. Want a tip? Head in for tequila Tuesday to forget just how much you gorged on.

After these tapas Brisbane wide, we’re convinced any meal without sangria is fruitless.

Words by Samantha Chariton and Jacqueline Pon