Capetonians can welcome yet another great addition to the trendy restaurant and bar list, La Parada. This new Spanish tapas heaven boasts a beautiful open plan interior, with a view stretching through the big glass windows from the outside and expanding inside to look over an open plan counter top to the kitchen on one side, and a bar on the other. The decor comprises of a combo of wood, glass and metal, with details such as tarnished copper clipboard menus, wine barrels hanging from the roof, stained glass panels and a large gold bull’s head hanging on the wall. The restaurant is split into two, with sit down tables and leather booths in the restaurant and large wooden share tables in the bar half, perfect for bookings or a spontaneous pop in drink and snack. The stained glass roof feature and glass floor panel add special artisan touches to the restaurant whilst distressed walls and a Spanish movie poster wall collage add an old world edge. It’s no surprise that La Parada has a sister restaurant in Kalk Bay, as the decor suggests that these guys are experts at bringing old world Spanish appeal and contemporary twists together with an artisan feel. A club is planned to open below the restaurant to fully utilize this amazing space.
The tapas were delicious. We ordered a bottle of Groote Post: The Old Man’s Blend red wine and sampled a selection of mouth watering bits. The tapas come in small and large portions and are reasonably priced ranging from R15-R45 depending what size and type of tapas you order. The mouth watering prawn croquettes and calamari with salsa verde were my favourites. My friend raved about the oxtail canneloni. We shared a portion of Patatas Bravas which also hit the spot and topped it off with tasty rice pudding. They have a great selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails to compliment the tapas menu.
All in all a treat for the senses, La Parada offers a great combo of delicious tapas and drinks with updated old world Spanish charm.
Address: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town. Open 12am until late, Monday to Sunday.