Granada Cafe Tapas Bar (West End, QLD)
Everyone's leaving to Hong Kong, China, Russia, Peru, and other countries for their clinical training, while I'm stuck in Brissy for another month or so until I return home. As a farewell dinner with a couple of friends, we went to Granada Cafe- a tapas bar that's been hyped about. The low-key trendy restaurant is decorated with Spanish pieces, a touch of semi-romantic lighting, and serves an extensive choice of wines, as well as sangria [for $5 a pop during happy hours].
We ordered quite a few tapas items, on top of some racione dishes, and were full to the brim. We got the Empanadilla de Carne [Beef Cheek Pastry Turnover] (4), Pollo en Escabeche [Marinated Chicken on Crouton] (4), and the Pork Belly Taco (6). The turnover had an interesting wine flavor, and was alright, but I wasn't too much of a fan of the chicken or the pork belly. The cucumber salsa that came with the pork belly tasted like simple chopped up cucumbers, and the pork didin't have any flavor at all - and if it did, it was masked by the corn tortilla. I have to admit, I'm not much of a fan of corn tortillas, as authentic|prevalent as they are in Spanish and Mexican food. The flavor is just a bit too strong, but I do like that Granada's tortillas seem to be handmade (I'm not positive that they are).
The Gambas al Ajillo [Garlic Prawns] (18) were not bad and very tasty, although I had imagined the garlic flavor to be a little more dominant. They were good though, and went well with their bread, which we ordered an extra on the side. We also got the Bistec a la Mexicana [Char Grilled Rib Fillet with Guacamole, Black Beans, and Corn Tortillas] (28), which was also not too bad. The rib fillet was grilled to perfection - charred on the outside and a little rare on the inside - just the way I like it! The only problem was that it didn't have much flavor, and neither did the guacamole, so the tacos relied on the black beans for flavor. The black beans were awesome, but again, the corn tortillas slightly masked the flavor of the tacos.
My overall opinion of Granada is very conflicted. I like the place and their friendly service, as well as how some of the individual items tasted, but the flavors and spices were a bit unbalanced and just didn't work perfectly together. I don't know if I would give this place another try, as its a bit pricy for how the food is, but maybe a churro or sangria craving will bring me back...
Granada Cafe Tapas Bar
|Part of the Bistec a la Mexicana|
|Rib Fillet (Bistec a la Mexicana)|
|Beef Cheek Turnover|
|Pork Belly Taco|
Granada Cafe Tapas Bar