You don't have to travel halfway around the world to taste authentic Spanish tapas. Granada Cafe Tapas Bar is located in the heart of Brisbane City, between Southbank and West End at 154 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane. Open Tuesday to Friday from noon til late and Saturdays from five onwards, this Spanish delight is just a short walk from Brisbane's Cultural Centre; making Granada Cafe and Tapas Bar all the more worthwhile to visit.
Having visited Spain on several occasions, I've noticed there are variations to how tapas dishes are served. Ideally this cafe and tapas bar has a Mexican twist and caters for everyone's taste buds. Tapas dish prices range between three and eight dollars and Raciones (mains) between 12 and 30 dollars. The affordable prices make share plates suitable for lunch amongst friends or a celebratory night out.
The cafe and tapas bar also serves wine from Spain and beers from both Spain and Mexico. Basic and premium spirits are also available, including lagavulin, a 16 year old whiskey. It's not uncommon for a glass or a carafe of sangria (a traditional Spanish wine punch) to accompany a meal to quench one's thirst at the table. This tantalising drink can be enjoyed at 9 dollars a glass or forty-two dollars for a carafe. Desserts are ten dollars and churros, which is a Spanish donut, is eaten dipped in chocolate, definitely a must have!
As someone who doesn't eat red meat, I was surprisingly impressed at the seafood and vegetarian options available at Granada Cafe Tapas Bar. A plate of setas con jeres (mixed mushrooms with sherry) and the special, whiting fillets in a soft burrito with tomato salsa, were just the right sized portions as a side dish to order another main meal.
Fideos de Maruscos is a traditional Catalonian dish of baked vermicelli pasta, prawns and calamari and muscles. After sampling this dish in all honesty it would be best suited for someone with a healthy appetite or who relishes a hearty meal. For those with smaller appetites the tapas bar menu is highly recommended.
The main menu remains the same, so you can go back time and time again for your favourite meals. The specials change weekly, so your palate need not be bored with the same tasting meals. Tuesday's special is paella (a traditional Spanish rice and seafood dish), this is served every Tuesday.
A complete menu, including pricing, can be found on the Granada Cafe Tapas Bar website. The website also includes additional information including group bookings and location.