Adelaide’s Parkside has long been a destination for fans of Italian and Indian food, but with the addition of Villa 77 to the are those who pine for paella, find that tapas tickles their fancy, and in general like to say si to Spanish have a place that they’ll find satisfying and then some. Housed in a gorgeous converted house down the Parkside stretch of Unley Road – unmissable with its colourful banners strung outside – this Spanish tapas restaurant and sangria bar is one hot tamale. Reservations recommended.
There was clearly not enough staff to manage a full house. We arrived @ 6.30pm & was still waiting for someone to take our drinks order at 7.00. We then waited close to an hour before someone took our food order. Only one tapas dish was recommended that we order 2 and a half serves of it because of our number - 5 people. No other dishes had the same recommendation. Consequently, the Spanish omelette was a slice! Cutting it up into 5 serves was quite a challenge. All serves were suitable for one person only, not 5. As for the 2 and a half serve dish we were recommended - they only brought out 1 and a half serves. I asked them to cancel the other serve as, by that stage, we had finished our meal, it was late and we just wanted to get out of the place. Of course, the waitress said she'd check with the kitchen to see if it was already on the hotplate and, if it was, she'd put it in a container for us. Surprise of surprises, it WAS on the hotplate so we were charged for that. Absolute chaos from go to whoa. Really ruined what was supposed to be a special occasion. They'd even run out of the Quilmes beer that we wanted to have. What showed so much promise on their website was a bitter disappointment. Paying $125 for that experience was way too much. Hire more staff, Villa 77 &, if it's a party of more than 2, let them know your interpretation of tapas.
The food is very good, service prompt and the ambience of the place will make me return in the future and try other foods in the menu.
Villa 77 flings wide its door down Unley Road in the Adelaide suburb of Parkside from 5pm Tuesdays through Thursdays and a little earlier, for lunch and dinner, at noon on Friday and the weekend. An authentic Spanish tapas restaurant and sangria bar, Villa 77 is perfect for any kind of occasion, whether you’re after casual drinks and nibbles with a gaggle of friends or a full Andalusian feast. Plus. this is one Adelaide restaurant that is capable of catering to all kinds of dietary restrictions, whether you need gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes.
Perhaps the most popular item among Villa 77 regulars are the delicious, generous Spanish paella for two or four people. Seafood, chicken, vegetarian, or mixed paella are all available and a mouth-watering way to experience Spanish cuisine in a social setting. Make sure you order some sangria as accompaniment and, with the prep time for these lavish dishes being a little longer than the usual, order some tapas to tide you over – patatas bravas, smoked paprika chicken wings with Spanish tomato sauce, homemade chorizo, fresh South Australian squid. Don’t forget to see if you can catch some live flamenco next time you head to Villa 77’s Parkside, Adelaide premises.