Vaquero (meaning ‘herdsman’) is a sleek, modern and decidedly delicious tapas bar which tributes Spanish cuisine with an Australian influence. You would never guess such a sophisticated venue could hide behind a meat counter, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you make your way through the butcher and into the chic amber-lit bar, ready for an ultra-modern tapas experience.
The menu is designed to share, with smaller and slightly larger plates on offer and most available as gluten-free if required. Don’t expect your usual ‘patatas bravas’ and tomato bread here – feast your eyes on the basque potato with fermented chili and smoked butter or the hand stretched flatbread with fior de latte instead. And it wouldn’t be a tapas bar in a butcher without an ample supply of meat, including the likes of pork terrine, sous vide lamb saddle and dry aged beef of the day, but there are also a surprisingly diverse range of options for the pescetarians, like the manchego cheese custard with coal-fired carrots, and sea scallops boudin with crispy cauliflower.