Friday, 7 August 2009

The Spanish Fly, Randwick

Some say a good restaurant at The Spot in Randwick is as rare as a Dr Cox compliment. You could say the busy strip suffers from the mediocrity displayed only by an incompetent newbie that ra-he-he-he-he-heely needs to swing by the parts department and pick up a pair of testes ra-he-he-he-he-heely quickly.

Enter The Spanish Fly that’s got the lazy villa stylings of the motherland, a place that you’d want to undeniably eat at the minute you take your seat. Thank goodness they haven’t neglected the tapas, a bite of the veal and pork meatballs cooked in a simple but distinct tomato sauce lets you know they are go and not just show.

Garfish fillets with a parmesan and parsley crust slightly crisp, well drained but lacked a punch provided by the accompanying lemon and yoghurt dip. Skewers of fillet steak mishkaki are deeply grilled with a heavy basting of oregano and other herbs, the whole eschalots add a nice sweetness. Pork belly disintegrates in a tasty, gelatinous fatty mess in your mouth, sautéed cabbage and pear lifts the dish. It’s not a tapas meal without patatas bravas, a spicy tomato sauce lathers crispy baked spud bits, a sharing plate you probably won’t want to share. A vanilla bean pannacotta is on the softer side, comes with a berry compote but the texture is probably a good thing to give you a rest from all the munching you’ve just done.

The Spot finally has a place that would make the drive down and fight for a parking space worthwhile. Well done newbie.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 35 St Pauls St, Randwick, NSW
What? Dishes $8 - $14

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