Caipirinha, Paradiso, Spanish Fly
This little Spanish restaurant has it going on. Relaxed atmosphere, great simple tapas, delicious cocktails and a beautiful view of Sydney’s treasure, Bondi Beach. The restaurant itself looks as though it doesn’t accommodate for many, but as you gravitate towards the back of the restaurant, you’re revealed to large tables to cater for groups and countertops for couples. The interior design reeks of old school Spanish style; rustic furniture, crosses and skulls.
To kick off the night, the 3 amigos begin with a cocktail each – Caipirinha, a refreshing yet sour mix of muddled fruit, The Paradiso, a blended mix of vodka, chambord, lime and passionfruit and my favourite, the Spanish Fly, a shaken mix of chartuese and licor 43 with passionfruit, lemon and cranberry.
Mixed Happy Hour tapas
Salt & Pepper Squid
With our perfect timing and by luck, we arrived before Happy Hour (4pm-6pm) so all the Happy Hour tapas were $7 including $7 cocktails. With excitement and a grin from ear to ear, we ordered a mix of tapas – Chilli Prawns, Grilled Chorizos, Cous Cous Balls, Garlic Mushrooms, Creamy Baked Potatoes and Salt & Pepper Squid. Generous, fresh and simple.
White Chocolate Cheesecake
Mango & Coconut Torte
Dessert was next, and sadly this was the biggest let down for the restaurant. The white chocolate cheesecake was pleasant but definitely very rich and too overwhelming to consume the entire slice. The torte was dry, tasteless and unfortunately the only non-chocolate dessert on the menu.
The Happy Hour tapas and perfect view of the beach definitely makes this restaurant worthwhile. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the tables next to the window or outdoors to absorb the beautiful view.
32 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney