Spanish fare is making a common appearance in Melbourne’s latest food scene with A-list tapas bars and Spanish restaurants such as The Wise, Movida, Naked for Satan, Bomba, Gas Eatery & Supplies and now Bar Nacional. Despite the demise of Little Hunter, Pete Evans still has his magic with this hot new bar in Docklands Collins Square.
With Gavin Baker & Pete Evans name on this place, expectations are set high. Upon entry there is no sight of disappointment with the immaculate set up.
The modern decor speaks a sophisticated ambience with a bold Spanish accent. Some people would just call them ordinary glasses but I believe that everything tastes so much better out of their stemless wine glasses.
Coffee by day and Tempranillo by night some might say, however we only live once so why play by the rules? A great selection of Spanish beer and wine are available as well as good spirits for the good spirits.
I went for a nice cold Estrella Galicia, a Spanish style pale lager. Easy to drink – but I find anything alcaholic easy to drink. Malty notes with flavours of sticky hops and a smooth finish.
Smoky Bay oysters in jamón vinaigrette garnished with micro-mint beautifully presented on a bed of sea pebbles. Oysters are one of my favourite foods and it only tastes better when presented like this. Lime juice optional.
Patatas bravas delicious spiced roast potatoes topped with grated parmesan, chives and romenesco aioli. The perfect snack, great value and deliciously filling.
Charred brussel sprout croquette with lemon preserve aioli – bursting with flavour combined with perfectly balanced textures.
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Bar Nacional definitely spices up and kicks Docklands trendiness level up a couple of notches.
727 Collins Street