At this popular Balmain eatery, Chef Victor Elcano draws on his Basque roots to immerse patrons in a range of Spanish tapas and traditional dishes. Evoking the feel of a fairytale Spanish castle, the dining room features dark-wood tables and ceiling beams, heavy red velvet drapes, white stucco walls and fancy chandeliers, all setting the scene for a feast … with a dash of flamenco on weekends!
Alegrias presents a menu of tapas favourites. Perhaps start with the crunchy patatas bravas – just spicy enough to pique the appetite. Or try the delicate croquetas, with a crisp, breaded coating and a creamy interior. Gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic and chilli oil) pack a punch and manchego-strewn albondigas (Spanish meatballs) rest in a subtle tomato sauce. If you’re up for a more substantial sharing experience, you can choose from eight paella dishes.
PSST! The list of Spanish wines, sherry and cider is extensive, and the sommelier can steer you to the best choice.