103 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
|Opening hours||Mon–Fri noon–3pm; daily 5–10.30pm|
|Features||Accepts bookings, Bar, Business lunch, Degustation, Late night, Licensed, Lunch specials, Private dining, Wheelchair access|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Chef||Andrew Fisk, James McLennan|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, 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.