Spanish bites pack a punch

Spanish bites pack a punch

Stylers Sarah McAlpine and Christie Sutherland put South Bank’s newest hotspot to the taste-test.

By Sarah McAlpine | 16th December 2013

Hot on the heels of South Bank’s premier Spanish restaurant, Ole, comes The Sangria Bar. With a charming casual setting perfect for a first date or a breezy catch up with your compadres, The Sangria Bar embraces the keynotes of Spanish culture.

The menu on offer is bright and diverse, with the dishes titled in Spanish (and then described in English).  In true European style, their tapas plates, authentic mains and free-flowing sangria are available to bust your hunger and quench your thirst until midnight from Thursday to Saturday. Across the weekend, the fiesta really begins with DJ’s and a bustling atmosphere, reminiscent of downtown Barcelona.

During our visit, we embraced the true Spanish experience, indulging in a lavish sitting complete with tapas, mouth-watering mains and a decadent dessert.

The perfectly cooked Calamares (crisp calamari with paprika salt and aioli) and Brochette de Cerdo (tender grilled lamb skewers served with spiced yoghurt) were the perfect teaser for the exotic main, Pescado del Dia a la Plancha (pan fried fish of the day with saffron, capers and potato) which we both selected after a lengthy period of umm-ing and aah-ing over the many tempting options.

The fish was infused with a perfect combination of buttery hints and flavoursome spices. The reasonably large portion was also priced at an affordable $22, with the majority of main meals priced under $20.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the experience was the namesake beverage. We tried a sangria flight, comprising of four flavour variations. Our personal favourite was the Blanco; a white sangria with crisp white wine, cloudy apple juice, citrus lemonade, green apple and peach schnapps.

With fantastic, friendly and attentive staff, plus a sensational menu and an unbeatable atmosphere, The Sangria Bar is heating up as one of the frontrunners in the Brisbane summer dining scene.  Ariba!

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Article by Sarah McAlpine

Sarah McAlpine is a former Journalist in the Custom Publishing department at Style Magazines with a weakness for shoes, beauty products and puppy dog eyes.

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