We’ve been here several times now. Once the old Aylesbury, now transformed into the Spanish Bomba. Again, another rebranding to appeal more the more casual, cheaper diners. There’s also a bomba bar upstairs with a small rooftop area especially when it overflows and diners are waiting for a table. We came here as some friends from HK wanted to test out the Melbourne culinary scene. I told them I am the HK open rice. (pretty much the same thing as urbanspoon).
I reckon this place is giving Movida a run for their money. As it is a smaller and more cosy restaurant, the service and food has a bit more edge over the big guns.
Mostly bar spots and tables along with high chairs with has a swivel on them. (Which is where we sat) First things first get a drink! We opted for a white sangria which came in a carafe ($22) whilst my friend had the Hawthorn Pilsner ($8).
What i was also excited about was to use my newly bought Nikon D610 full frame SLR with the 50mm 1.4G. Hope you guys my photos.
Started off with some delicious and crunchy bread. Wasn’t warm, but it was still very good quality.
We decided to get the sharing menu ($45 per person). Me and IK had it before thats why! There are other things on the menu which is on on the sharing menu like the paellas etc. But its a good way to sample most of the menu.
First dish was the Wapengo Lake organic rock oysters. Got some saltyness in these oysters. Tasted fresh with lemon.
Next up are some typically Spanish Leek and manchego croqueta. Nice and gooey in the inside and nice and hot straight from the fryer.
Here is some House Pickled Pork Belly. Little bit of seasoning and olive oil goes a long way.
Fairly busy as usual. Bookings are recommended. Can be done through dimmi.
This was the dish of the night for us. Spanner Crab Soup. It was nice and hot, creamy and had plenty of punch and taste of seafood in it. Massive Winner.
Should have chargrilled corn in Mexican/Spanish restaurant. This Charcoal grilled corn with dried maize was tasty and had great harmony. Too bad the corn was on the cold side a bit.
Some people dont like Quail, but we do. Quail with pistachio & buckwheat tasted really well together.
Then came the mains. Freekah & cauliflower salad with almonds, sumac, barberries & mint was quite refreshing. We were quite full already before this point. But we must soldier on! I quite like the cauliflower in this. They char it somehow so it doesn’t look like cauliflower to begin with until it slides in your mouth.
A big main to finish off. Pedro Ximenez braised pork jowl with celeriac. I think pork jowl can get quite fattening. It was tasty, but i think the fat is way too much for us.
Also came some Shark Bay king prawn pil pil which was delicious. Didn’t have to take the shells off and instead goes straight into the mouth. Must suck some of the head for more flavouring. (Sorry very asian thing to do.
We opted not to have any dessert as I wanted to take them to Spring Street Grocer up the road.
We seem very happy each time we dine here. Other than the pork jowl, i think the other dishes turned out really well. Other Spanish worth considering are
Movida Next door – 164 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD
Movida – 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne CBD
Movida Aqui – 500 Bourke St On Level 1, Melbourne
Anada – 197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Rating – 15/20
Will I come back – no question about that
Dish of the day – Spanner Crab Soup
What was interesting ? – swivel high chairs. (Like that idea !)