Look no further than Brio for an amazing tapas experience. The name Brio came about after a brainstorming session, invoking thoughts of being active, spirited and alive. The atmosphere was very much alive and busy as we entered the cosy restaurant. Greeted by the host in a hat, we were made comfortable settling into our seats for the night.
The idea behind Brio was to incorporate the idea of tapas and in Brio's mind the portion sized plates of food were designed to share and encourage the conversation. They definitely succeeded on that note and allowed us to pick and choose from the menu.
Brio's enticing menu
With options of a set menu for $29 per person or if you are like me, 'my eyes are way too big for my tummy', we decided to skip the set menu and order 9 dishes all together.
It was a cooler night than expected so it was perfect for the crunchy fried goodness of potatas bravas, sherana ham croquettes with chilli aioli and tasty olives as we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. It was then some more delicious fried cauliflower with golf salsa and calamari fritters. I'm salivating at remembering how quickly they were eaten.
If our appetites hadn't been teased enough, it was onto seared scallops (these scallops are huge), an amazing crispy skin pork belly (I totally recommend this dish) and pork fennel and fennel pizza as well as a holumi salad (so good).
Pork belly deliciousness
With my amazing 10 year Bloodwood Shiraz from Orange, the food was perfectly paired for a cold wet night. I loved all the flavour combinations and our girly gossip corner did not skip a beat.
Tapas was perfect paired with red wine
Brio's co-owner and head chef is Saroj, a passionate foodie with a great smile. He's been working with the industry for almost 10 years. Starting his career with the modern Australian cuisine in Cronulla RSL, his experience working in different restaurants include Fourth Village in Mosman, Toros Spanish tapas Darling Harbour, Firefly Fusion tapas Lane Cove and Neutral Bay.
We were very impressed with the venue and the price of the food was very reasonable for the amount of food we ordered. With so much food it was only fair that I took a doggy bag home to hubby so he could have a taste of what we had.
Brio succeeded in selecting and designing the food that was easy to share and the vibe of the restaurant with fellow patrons was alive with conversations.
And lastly, I shouldn't forget the name of the host in the hat is Roman. Tell him I sent you, you'll be in for a treat.