Fortunate enough to land a last minute reservation, a group of friends and I had the pleasure of dining at Peasant – a Spanish tapas themed restaurant located in The Barracks on Petrie Terrace. Immediately you can tell Peasant is a place people want to be. Peasant's warm golden lighting and dark rustic fit-out make you almost excited to eat. Surprisingly, the narrow tables make for a close and intimate atmosphere without the usual compromise on comfort and space. This is partially achieved by the attentive waiters who are constantly there to take extra orders and, without word, remove plates and fill glasses.
The cocktail list is impressive, unique and imaginative. Many of the drinks I hadn't seen before. But, for those that like to play it safe, the White Sangria was a refreshing blend of citrus and passionfruit and can be ordered in generous carafes.
The menu is made up of mostly tapas complemented by several larger dishes that are designed to be shared. I was lucky to try their chickpea and potato empanadas, pan-fried chorizo, braised chicken and red wine lamb-shoulder; all deeply flavoured and accompanied by a perfectly matched sauce. For me, the only real downside was that each dish was fairly expensive and there wasn't any mixed plates or pre-selected packages. As a consequence, if you aren't dining with a decent sized group, you'll probably miss out on the variety usually associated with Spanish tapas. Despite this, I'd still recommend going to Peasant for a one-on-one dinner date. The intensely personal mood and pleasure of sharing definitely make Peasant a perfect place to take someone special. If you can, ask for a table in their private outdoor area.