I've always wanted to try one of the Spanish restaurants in the Spanish Quarter so suggested that we check out Spanish Terrazas located on Kent St this evening. Julie-Ann and I took the train from North Sydney to Townhall Station and arrived at the restaurant at 5.30pm to meet Violet (we got there before she did) - I had booked our dinner for 6.30pm but we decided to try our luck and headed in early to have a couple of drinks before dinner. Fortunately the restaurant was open by then and we were shown to our table indoors. It was obvious we were the first customers this evening as the place was empty and the staff were just easing into their shift, not quite in work-mode just yet.
Violet arrived shortly and it was hellos and hugs all round - so good to see her again :) And so much to catch up on as it has been a good 6 months since I last saw her! "Looking amazing as always, and the hair!" I exclaimed. Violet has the most amazing hairstyles, changing it every couple of weeks and this time, she has a full head of cornrows and looking fabulous. We chatted a little and agreed we should put in our order before the dinner crowd turned up so busied ourselves in the menu to pick out a selection of tapas - Garlic Prawns, Meat Balls, Crumbed Eggplant, Artichokes and Fried Calamari, as well as Herb Bread and a jug of sangria to share. Our lovely Latino waitress came over, took our order and headed off to the kitchen while we resumed our conversation, chatting away animatedly about our lives.
Despite its multi-coloured walls and ceiling, the combination somehow works and with its furnishings, the restaurant gives a warm ambience of a typical back-alley Spanish diner. The restaurant provides entertainment on Wednesday - Saturday nights with various Latin bands and musicians serenading diners (we were early so no live music yet). Our food and sangria arrived quite fast and all at the same time, taking up almost our whole table. "Yah, tapas is fast," said our waitress in her Spanish-accented English when we commented how speedy the service was. The garlic prawns were still bubbling away in the hot oil when served, its aromas overshadowing the other dishes. Mmm, looks good! I kind of did a round-robin and sampled a bit of everything - the Meat Balls was definitely the most outstanding tapas of the lot, followed by the artichokes (but that's purely because I really like artichokes). The rest were rather average, making the tapas pricey for its quality (the tapas range $14 - $17 each).
|The colourful interior of Spanish Terrazas - at 6pm, we were the first one there|
|Us girls shared a jug of sangria ($25.50)|
|Herb bread ($4.50), artichokes ($14), garlic prawns ($17)|
and meat balls ($14.50)
|Crumbed eggplant ($14) and fried calamari ($14.50)|
We were quite full after finishing off most of the tapas but just couldn't pass up on dessert, especially when churros was on the menu. Churros is the equivalent of the Spanish doughnut, a fried pastry that is served with hot chocolate sauce. A bit messy trying not to dribble the chocolate sauce all over but oh, it's SO good!
|Churros with hot chocolate sauce ($12.50) - yum :)|
Cost $87.29 all up inclusive of the 25% discount voucher from the Entertainment Book. Though the service was prompt and friendly, I would probably try other Spanish restaurants in the vicinity before coming back to Spanish Terrazas. It is no doubt a popular place for Sydneysiders as it got quite full by the time we paid and left around 8pm.
I had a great time with the girls tonight! Violet's put up her hand to organise the next dinner catch up scheduled for mid-May. Looking forward to it!