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Published January 20th 2013
Spanish Fly Hits the Spot for Tapas
Randwick's 'The Spot' is a great place to grab a bite, and if you are in the mood for some tapas – the Spanish Fly is worth a look in.
Tapas are synonymous with Spanish culture and are the perfect introduction to the cuisine, which is predominantly a series of small plates of a variety of dishes, designed to be shared amongst groups.
Located around the corner from the Ritz Cinemas, the Spanish Fly offers a fusion of Spanish tapas dishes to entice the taste-buds.
The décor of the restaurant is modern with dark wood interiors, orange lampshades offering mood lighting, a well stocked bar and a large portrait of Salvador Dali adorning the wall, giving it a quirky edge.
The menu matches the décor with modern tapas dishes with a creative touch, offering plenty of exciting options to choose from.
Born from the classic Spanish rice dish Paella, the Paella Balls are a good start. Filled with prawn; saffron and chorizo, lightly battered and served on a herbed aioli, the tastes and textures of the balls are perfect.
The Zucchini Flowers are another good option, which are reasonably sized. The large flowers are filled with pumpkin and ricotta, coated in a crisp batter, and served with a red capsicum sauce. The centres are warm and creamy, while the capsicum sauce adds a nice sweetness to the dish.
A meal wouldn't be complete without dessert, and the must try dish is most definitely the Sticky Fig and Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Honeyed Mascarpone. The pudding is sweet and moist, and when paired with the honeyed mascarpone is heaven on the lips.
The menu offers a good mix of imaginatively tasty tapas and caters well for vegetarians also. With such great choices on offer, one is hard pressed for what to pick.
Tapas is usually one of those cuisines which can be hard to gauge prices for, as it depends on the price and number of dishes ordered. The Spanish Fly is reasonably priced, with dishes prices from $10-25 each, and the food is excellent.
With tasty tapas, and a relaxed atmosphere, the Spanish Fly is a great restaurant to grab a quick bite or indulge in a longer session of tapas and sangria for the evening.