Ole Tapas Bar
Olé Tapas Bar brings the fresh flavoursome tastes of Spain to the bustling heart of leafy Hawthorne.
Olé's open plan dining space features long beautifully tiled tables, alongside smaller wooden tables outside, which are perfectly designed for group dining. Smaller tables and bar seating is available just inside the restaurant, where diners can share intimate meals amongst two to four.
The ambient décor includes beautiful wall murals including a Spanish bull and a beautiful señorita. The low lighting complements the atmosphere, as does the Spanish background music.
The menu revolves around the idea of shared meals, with staple ingredients imported to maintain its’ authenticity. Diners can choose a platter off the Jamon menu, which are best paired with a few drinks from their well-stocked bar. Tapas can be ordered in all sorts of tastes and flavours, ranging from seafood to meat to vegetarian options.
The Salmon Relleno De Txaka is a favorite, featuring cured salmon, egg and capers, served on a small crispy bread. Alongside the Viaras Con Chorizo which includes seared scallops, homemade chorizo, tomato salsa and a sweet onion puree.
For adventurous diners, the Caracu Gratinado can be highly recommended, which is a grilled bone marrow, shallot, pickled red onion and a parsley salad.
Larger plates of Grandes, Ensalada and Paella can be ordered, with the Ensalada suitable for one and Grandes and Paella ideal for groups of two to three. The De Marisco paella is a ‘must try’ with is a smoky paella abundant with prawns, squid, mussels, clams and saffron rice.
Postres can be ordered for sweet tooth diners, featuring a range of Spanish desserts.
On tap Spanish and local beers are available as well as a range of bottled beers and a tap cider. Wine can be paired with meals, with a large range of beautiful, Spanish wines on the menu. Of course, sangria also makes the drinks list, available in Tinto (red), Blanco (white), virgin and a daily special. A range of non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
Need to know – On street parking is available around the block.
Nice to know – Local farmers are used as a source of fresh produce and meat.
*Opening hours correct at time of visiting in April 2017
By Zoe Kirby
Ole Tapas Bar
74 Hawthorne Road