103 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 300003 9077 0451
|Opening hours||Mon–Fri noon–3pm; daily 5–10.30pm|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
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.