They came to me from a deep and dark recess of my memory when I recently dined at iS Tapas Restaurant on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville - on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This place is easy to find – just look for the craftily constructed wooden horse out the front.
I've never been a big fan of Tapas dining. I could never see the point of paying for little plates of little food and then possibly having to share them with someone else. I'm not a good food sharer. If my wife dares to ask for a taste of my triple chocolate pudding with choc fudge sauce ( if there is such a thing - please let there be ) she gets the raised eyebrows and a simple, "I don't think so".
But I was feeling adventurous, in a strange kind of culinary way, on this Sunday afternoon so I decided to tuck in to some tapas.
All of the tables have magnificent outlooks over Noosa River. We sat at the front of the restaurant watching the kayaks and boats bobbing past so closely we could have hit them with a frisbeed tapas plate.
There are a dozen or so different tapas to choose from. There is also pizza, entrees, desserts and a kids menu.
We chose four different plates – chilli calamari, Spanish meatballs, scallops and haloumi cheese. All the dishes were good but I would have crawled through 100 metres of raw squid for another plate of the calamari.
iS restaurant is licensed, laidback and lends itself to a long lunch. Our four plates, a shared dessert and a couple of drinks came to less than $60.
The Spanish originated tapas dining is designed to encourage conversation because people are not focussed on devouring a plate full of food.
This was definitely the case with our lunch. The service was excellent and I walked out feeling full but not fat.
On any afternoon or evening, not just a Sunday, iS is definitely worth a visit. And, yes, I did share my food.