As an extension to my gastronomic journey I trotted in my high heels into the Spanish restaurant in Malvern, Remy Bar de Tapas y Vino.
We arrived little late for our reservation and were politely advised to wait at the bar since they were running late as well. The restaurant was bustling with life and there wasn't a single empty table. I looked eagerly at the tables which seemed to have all sorts of delicious Spanish fare on them.
Welcoming and cosy ambiance seemed to be the aim of the restaurateur. Dim lighting, rich colours, flamenco dancer wall art and Spanish landscape paintings along with comfortable chairs and tables made the restaurant inviting. Romantic strumming of a guitar added to the ambiance. The whole place had an authentic feel to it. The guests appeared to be locals and couples of all ages.
As we waited at the bar we asked for the beverage menu. Well-priced Australian and Spanish wines, sangria and enticing cocktails adorned the menu. I ordered a Mango Sour cocktail ($16). The lovely waiter prepared the cocktail for me in an instance. The sweet yet somewhat tangy flavour invoking the taste of mango made the cocktail sumptuous. I liked it so much I ordered a second one even before I had finished mine.
Mango Sour (Image by Joy)
Around 10 to 15 minutes later, we were seated at a terraza (outdoor table). An overhead heater kept us warm as we browsed the menu. The seafood lover in me rejoiced at the sight of the plethora of seafood options on the expansive menu. Most of the food was gluten free. An animated discussion with my dining partner ensued. Avoiding the temptation of the mouth-watering tapas, we decided on the seafood paella and seafood basquette.
The seafood paella (small) was the first one to appear. Fresh and flavoursome seafood like prawns, scallops, pippis, mussels, calamari were cooked with vegetables, saffron and calasparra rice. The fabulous seafood was scrummy. The rice grains were beautiful. This dish was missing the chorizo described in the menu. Some more flavour in the rice itself would have made this great dish exceptional. We ate quietly as we savoured our food. It was a huge serving for the price of $36.
Finally the waiter appeared with the seafood basquette ($60) which drew interested looks from other patrons. This dish was a hit. The abundance of fresh and succulent calamari, scampi, scallops, prawns, mussels and moreton bay bug was a sight to behold. The plump King prawns were yum. The grilled calamari was beautifully done. The scampi, pippis and mussels were delightful. The Moreton bay bug was lovely. The tasty chips and salad paired well with the plentiful seafood. It will not be an exaggeration to claim that the tartare sauce was to die for. We licked off every bit of it. We had ordered way too much food. No matter how much we loosened our belt it was impossible to polish off the platter.
We had no room left for dessert so we had to give a miss to one of the national foods of Spain, the Churros.
The service was pretty good. The waiters were polite, attentive and enquired about our food and drinks making sure our tables were cleared promptly. The atmosphere was inviting and conducive to happy chatter. The food was delectable. I could see why the restaurant was full to the brim.
The smells, tastes and textures of the food in combination with alluring atmosphere make Remy a lovely destination for delectable Spanish fare. We walked into the night with full tummies, happy smiles and a spring in our steps.