The party spot that has everything you need: Sangria, paella and churros!
08 Sep 2015
The Spaniards really do have life figured out. Siestas at lunchtime, dinner after 10pm, sangria on tap and salsa verde on everything. Now that sounds like living! While you might not be able to bag a bargain birthday trip for you and your bestie to Barcelona, you can head to Olé for a fiesta, and a ‘hola’ good one at that. With the flavours of Spain so close at hand, who even needs an excuse to celebrate? Nab a spot at this South Bank party spot and you can feast with friends on tasty tapas like crisp calamari with citrus salt and aioli or the oh-so-naughty queso frito, which translates to fried manchego cheese with mojo picon. Just keep the small plates coming, and don’t forget to top it off with deep fried crumbed olives stuffed with goat’s cheese. Too busy having a good time to hit the bar? We suggest ordering a jug (or 3) of Olé’s house-made sangria. Topped with fresh summer fruits and chilled to perfection, it really does make for the ultimate summer celebration cocktail. Or if you’re all about the vino, Olé’s extensive list of red and white wines will keep your fiesta fired up. For those of you with more than tapas and cocktails on your mind, fear not. Olé’s substantial share plates will line your belly without causing scuffles over the last empanada! Who could resist the gambas con chorizo – garlic and saffron prawns with chorizo, fennel and tomato? Our personal fiesta favourite is the irresistible slow cooked lamb shoulder with roast seasonal vegetables. And last but not least, split a pan of their scrumptious paella, stuffed with goodness like chicken, chorizo and mushrooms. No one will be leaving this get together hungry! For the ultimate hangover cure, just make your way back to Olé the next morning. really is the gift that keeps on giving. With an outrageous selection of spicy breakfasts like huevos rancheros or baked eggs with roast peppers, morcilla, beans and crusty bread, there’ll be no feeling sorry for yourself and just ordering a black coffee here. Got a sweet tooth when it comes to the morning after? The indulgent thick hot chocolate with Spanish doughnuts for dipping might just be right up your alley. Talk about a venue with the lot. With tango room for up to 180 guests, Olé’s shared feasts and plentiful sangria, not to mention the colourful setting, create the perfect spot for your next celebration, no matter your reason for celebrating! Words by Crimson Dunstan