Arguably the most popular element of Spanish cuisine is of course, tapas, and in Melbourne's Spanish restaurants in the CBD, the small plates on offer here are some of the best you'll find in the world. One of the most iconic Melbourne CBD Spanish restaurants is MoVida Aqui on Bourke Street, where the variety of tapas will leave you weak at the knees. Treat yourself to dishes like anchoa, of hand-filleted Cantabrian, artisan anchovies on croutons with smoked tomato sorbet, bomba, potato bombs filled with chorizo and tartare made with Flinders Island lamb fillet, cracked wheat, mullet roe puree and a semolina cracker – all of which go perfectly with a jug of their house sangria.
Spanish restaurants in Melbourne's CBD certainly know their stuff when it comes to meat. Down at MoVida Original on Hosier Lane there are plenty of tasty meat dishes to try, including carrillera de buey made with slowly braised beef cheeks in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree, and cecina, which is air-dried wagyu beef served with an organic poached egg and truffle foam. Or, if you're more of a seafood lover, feast on gamba, of poached prawns with crispy potatoes and parsley aioli, mejillon which are marinated Spring Bay mussels with whipped roe on potato paper, just to name a few.
While Spanish cuisine is packed with delicious meat and seafood dishes, vegetarian dishes also make up a large part of this vibrant cuisine. At Simply Spanish restaurant in Melbourne's CBD, keep an eye out for de remolacha, a tapas dish of baby beetroot, goat cheese, chilli flakes and migas de pan; iconic Spanish dish, tortilla de patatas made with egg, potato, caramelised onion and shaved pecorino cheese or the mushroom and spinach paella packed with delicious vegetables, shaved parmesan and a splash of truffle oil.
Spanish restaurants in Melbourne's CBD have plenty of desserts to delight your sweet tooth after your meal. From churros (fried Spanish doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce) to flan con pestinos (creme caramel with pestinos), there's something for everyone. And if you're after something a little more unusual, head to MoVida for pan con chocolate alongside a delicious olive oil sorbet. And with Quandoo, sampling these excellent dishes is just a few clicks away. Reserving a table at Spanish restaurants in Melbourne's CBD has never been easier.