Friday, 15 November 2013

Despaña - Glebe, Sydney

On the search for the best tapas in Sydney, I came across Despaña, located in Glebe. Touted as one of the best, and most authentic tapas in Sydney, I pay a visit one Friday night. Located on Glebe's main road, Glebe Point Road, it's a cosy restaurant with a homely feel.

Iced tea

The designated driver opts for the refreshing and iced tea, whilst the rest of us have some of their famous sangria. Despaña's version is deliciously fruity and dangerously easy to drink.

Spiced cauliflower fritters

We start off with these crisp morsels of cauliflower spiced with hot smoked paprika, Maldon salt, parsley


Chorizo & manchego croquettes, with citrus aioli. These are a must order!


With fennel, saffron & tomato broth. Nice flavours, but unfortunately the mussels were very small. The dish comes with one small piece of bread and I was left wanting more to soak up all that lovely sauce.

small paella of the day

The paella of the day was packed full of seafood, and was very good. The small size is a perfect size for one person to have as a main, or for two people to share.

Braised beef cheek

The beef cheek was served with cocoa, orange and marjoram, olive oil mash. The beef was fall apart tender, but the flavours did not quite hit the mark for me. 

Portions are on the smaller side of the scale. Overall, a great venue for tapas and I can see why it rates so highly on Urbanspoon. 

Despaña on Urbanspoon


Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Have been intrigued about Despana since it opened. The beef cheek sounds interesting with the inclusion of cocoa but shame it wasn't a winner for you.

Mr C @ The Food Diary said...

The chorizo croquettes look pretty awesome as do the fritters!

Sherrie Huang said...

I love paella! Looks like I'll have to come here to try out theirs :D

Karen N said...

Helen - The reviews are consistently good, so maybe it was just an off night!

Mr C - Highly recommend the croquettes. YUM!

Sherrie - I love paella too, always order it when it's on the menu