103 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Opening hours Mon-Fri 12–3pm, 5–11pm ; Sat-Sun 5–11pm
Features Accepts bookings, Bar, Business lunch, Degustation, Late night, Licensed, Lunch specials, Private dining, Wheelchair access, Groups
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Andrew Fisk, James McLennan
Seats 105
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9077 0451

Since Jesse Gerner (Anada) turned high-end Aylesbury into Spanish bar Bomba last year, flavourful, refined food turned more accessible. Bomba’s weekday ‘workers lunch’ buys three dishes: a two-bite chicken and manchego croquette; rich, melty Pedro Ximenez braised pork jowl wobbling on celeriac puree; and paprika dusted patatas bravas with crunch. All that for the price of a sandwich at some city lunch spots. At night, too, the Spanish small-eats menu brings top tapas and raciones in reach of under-$30 eaters. All hard-wood surfaces and exposed brick downstairs, and all twinkling vistas up on the rooftop: Bomba is the bomb.