My husband and I are big fans of food. I think if we had the money, didn't love cooking, and didn't worry about gaining weight or developing some sort of health problems, we'd eat out every day. A few weeks ago, we decided to go to South Bank for dinner with my brother, my sister-in-law, and my little niece. I'd been to South Bank for meals, maybe less than 5 times, so the restaurants there were very foreign to me. We arrived at 6:30pm on a Saturday night to find that nearly all the restaurants were packed. I couldn't believe that it was so busy. After walking up and down Little Stanley Street, we finally decided on Olé because as it had the shortest waiting time - 15 minutes.
Olé is a tapas restaurant offering Spanish Cuisine. Being 4.5 people, we were able to order a few dishes to share. Below is what we ordered:
1. Tortilla Espanola, recommended by one of the waitresses, a potato tortilla, roasted capsicum w/ tomato and rocket 2. Pulpo con Chorizo - grilled octopus, chorizo, fresh lime, parsley and tomato 3. Calamares y Chanquetes - crisp calamari and whitebait with aioli 4. Sobrasada y Vieras - soft, cured pork and paprika sausage, Qld scallops and pork crackling 5. Morcilla - black sausage, pork belly, chickpeas and spinach. 6. Paella - prawns, squid, mussels, clams, chorizo and saffron rice
7. White & Red Sangria
Looks like a big meal right? Well, not for 4 people. We ordered some fresh bread with extra virgin olive oil afterwards because we weren't totally full. Nevertheless, all dishes were absolutely delicious, all ingredients were fresh and the flavours were authentic. Having said that, I thought the Tortilla Espanola was quite average. My favourite would have to be the Pulpo con Chorizo. Oh the grilled octopus - (I'm drooling as I write!)
Now, the Sangria, White or Red? Well, I preferred the White, but if you're not sure which to go for, order both and decide. We did!
If you're a big eater, but don't want to spend too much, snack beforehand, and definitely order the paella, as it has awesome flavours and would fill you up. If you're looking for a vibrant place to chill out and catch up with people, Olé is the place to be. We had a great night despite wanting more food afterwards, but the restaurant had great atmosphere, food and service.
I'd book ahead if waiting is not your thing as there was a line at the door throughout the night, and check their website for special events.
Ordering tapas the rule is usually to get two dishes per person to have enough to fill everyone up. My work Christmas lunch was at ole yesterday, we had the set menu for 8 ppl with 2 vegos & 1 gf in the mix. There was so much food we were bursting at the seams! Also, everyone agreed they liked the white sangria best too :) the veg paella was divine!