South Melbourne market institution Simply Spanish is in the city as well for when you need your tapas fix. I was invited there on a Friday night for an early dinner with Mr Meat-and-Three-Veg before we headed to see North by North West (which I highly recommend, go if you can get tickets).
The Happy Hour crowd was still there making the most of the sunshine for the outdoor seating and half price Sangria. It would have been rude not to join in so we ordered some fruity sangria and Spanish beers.
From the tapas menu the chorizo in white wine ($14) is good value, coming in a cast iron pan with slices of golden fried potato. Croquettes ($8) are on the heavy side but the oozy smoked chicken and jet black squid ink filling is spot on.
Simply Spanish is known for its paellas and the gourmet seafood paella ($48) certainly looks the goods with lashings of mussels, prawns, scallops and rockling. The paella had a socarrat crispy caramelised base that is key to a great paella although some of the seafood was overcooked.
We are spoilt for choice in Melbourne when it comes to Spanish restaurants thanks to Frank Camorra’s Movida group. Simply Spanish may not be in that same league but it offers a cheaper alternative to get your Spanish fix, especially if you make it for happy hour.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Simply Spanish.
Details: Simply Spanish, 10/555 Bourke Street, Melbourne (Ph 03 9620 3332)
Damage: Reasonable but on this occasion I did not pay.