37 Little Collins Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
|Opening hours||Mon-Thurs 12pm-11pm,Fri 12pm-1am,Sat 4pm-1am|
|Features||Bar, Gluten-free options, Late night, Licensed, Lunch specials, Long lunch, Private dining, Romance-first date|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Chef||Matthew McConnell, Marcus Allen|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||03 9663 7890|
There's a special place in Melbourne's dining heart for this little bar with its kitschy mix of hanging frames, knick-knacks and splash of retro-style green wallpaper. Matt McConnell's fun take on Iberian food sings with bright, uncomplicated flavours. It's all made for sharing, so take a place at either the bar, communal high tables with stools, or cushioned banquette by the front window and chat to the skilled staff who know a thing or two about food and wine. Start with menu mainstays of octopus banderillas - bite-sized skewers of pickled octopus and anchovy-stuffed olive - or the sublime signature carpaccio-style yellowtail kingfish, followed by a seasonal special of heirloom carrots, plump figs and creamy labna. House-made pork sausage with white beans and parsley, and slow-cooked fleshy 'pork butt' drenched in a bright, sweet piri-piri sauce will have you crying 'perfecto' before dessert arrives: perhaps a silky sweet pomegranate crema with pistachio praline, or a sophisticated chocolate, hazelnut and espresso trifle.