Tapas are a great way to connect with the whole table through the shared flavours of the plate. Served hot and cold, tapas are a sophisticated cuisine that incorporate intricate flavours to spice up your dining experience. Order one to pair with a glass of wine or fill the table with exciting and unique creations from these authentic eateries in the city.
Yellowfin Tuna on Squid Ink Rice Cracker, $12 | Bellota | SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 91 Federal Street
As the winner of the World Tapas Competition in Spain, this particular tapas on the menu is a must try for those looking for top class flavour. This innovative plate features escabeche vegetables rolled in raw yellowfin tuna with seaweed dressing, horseradish cream, crispy chili served on a Calasparra squid ink rice cracker.
Bravas, $11.80 | Madriz | Snikel Lane
Madriz serves this tapas favourite topped with spicy tomato and aioli. Made from a marriage of tomatoes, red capsicum, onions, carrots, paprika, garlic and white wine, the creation is a true tomato sauce inspired by recipes from Madrid and Barcelona. The potatoes are fried to perfection and served warm. Order this simple but delicious tapas to start off the meal or share with the table. Lined with Spanish rugs, Madriz is just as inviting as it is delicious.
Salmon Tostaditas, $19.50 | La Fuente | Snickel Lane
La Fuente's Salmon Tostaditas features a fried tortilla base topped with fresh-kill salmon, beetroot, buffalo curd, and avocado purée. All the ingredients are homemade in-house for an authentic and creative tapas to enjoy alongside a wine tasting. The intimate setting lends itself to great conversation and a chance to mingle with the owner and learn about his creations.
Chicken & Duck Liver Parfait, $17 | Vivace | 85 Fort Street
Explore the cold tapas menu and try out Vivace’s Chicken and Duck liver parfait. Accompanied by caramelised onions and toasted ciabatta, the parfait is creamy in consistency and punchy in flavour. Gluten-free bread is also available, so the whole table can enjoy the well-rounded flavours of this dish. The rustic interior and splashes of greenery make for a spot that matches the authentic food.
Venison Meatballs, $19.50 | Astor Tapas Bar and Eatery | Shop 6, Shed 23, 145 Quay Street
Experience the flavours of ground wild venison meatballs with a hint of spice. The meatballs are served with sherry tomato sauce, natural yoghurt, shortbread and topped with shaved parmesan. Enjoy the views of Princess Wharf and indulge in European-Mediterranean cuisine with Kiwi flair.
Halloumi, $14.50 | Pescado | 39-47 Jellicoe Street
Pescado’s Halloumi Tapas are plated on a bed of toasted ciabatta and drizzled with basil pesto, with a side of pipirrana salad and sliced almonds. Taste the creamy cheese melt in your mouth and revitalise your palate with the traditional Spanish salad. Opt for outdoor dining to overlook the water or sit inside and appreciate the cosy wooden furnishings inside.