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Where is Melbourne's Best Tapas Bar?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published November 14th 2011
Tapas can be seen as both a type of food, and a way of eating; it's traditional spanish cuisine that is designed to be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. Not only does tapas allow you to try a range of foods when you're dining out, but it is also a great meal option for groups, as you can spend more time socialising rather than simply eating. We're fans of tapas, so we want to try and find Melbourne's best tapas bar, and we want you to help.

Where have you had tantalising tapas?


MoVida Bar de Tapas y Vino (tapas and wine bar) is one place that tries to not only replicate the tastes of Spain, but also the casual, fun, and friendly atmosphere. They say it well themselves, MoVida is "what we in Melbourne do well - an amalgam of the food of our immigrant homeland, the skills of our chefs, and the love of life of our front of house crew." The tapas menu is filled with plenty of tasty options, many for under $5 each, which means you'll easily get the chance to sample the full range.

Portelo Rosso Tapas & Jamon Bar is a cosy little hideaway that has embraced the warm culture of a Spanish tapas bar. There are lots of meals designed to be shared, from duck and mushroom empanadas with apple and ginger chutney, to Galician octopus on paprika with black garlic, herbs, Spanish onion, and sherry vinegar. If you have a hard time choosing, there are 4 different banquet menus, with set dishes for you to try.

While tapas stays traditionally Spanish, the term is spreading to other cuisines, to describe small meals made for sharing. If you're after a tapas like affair with a difference, then Bristro Gitan may have what you're looking for. Their 'petite' menu is filled with delicious dishes like croque madame with blue swimmer crab, cheese, and palm heart, or spiced cheese churros, grated celery and yoghurt. The food is distinctly French, but the shared experience of tapas is still there.

So let us know your favourite tapas bar that calls Melbourne home. Should tapas stick to the Spanish, or do you know a bar with a fusion menu that draws a crowd. We want your opinions, so go ahead and join in the discussion in the comments.
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Do not go to BARCELONA, Fitzroy street, St Kilda.
Sat down for the 8 course Tapas they offer.
Felt very rushed and the servers were incredibly rude.
I asked for NO SPICE, all dishes were incredibly spicy and now I have olsers in my mouth from the spice!
by olivi48 (score: 0|5) 2550 days ago
De Los Santos in Brunswick Street Fiztroy is my favourite!
by Linda Dalziel (score: 1|30) 2553 days ago

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