A local favourite of mine, Spanish Flavours offers simple, honest, tasty Spanish fare without the rip-off prices that are sometimes found in Perth. I must have eaten here five times in the last three months. The authentic tapas include the best ever jamon croquettes, coated in crispy crumbs with silky smooth potato and smoked ham centres. To. Die. For. When in season, the white marinated anchovies just melt in the mouth, delectably.
Other tapas items include authentic chorizo, baked mushrooms, grilled baby octopus, meatballs in tomato salsa and cold meat platter.
Paella is generous and delicious, cooked to order and comes with seafood or without – you choose. Admittedly, Paella isn’t my favourite Spanish dish – I prefer to eat lots of different tapas and a range of dishes, flavours, textures and choices. And the tapas here are good. As good as the tapas I’ve eaten across Spain.
One of the best things on the menu is the churros. O. M. G. The thin crispy on the outside Spanish vertical donuts are fluffy on the inside and served with liquid chocolate. The chocolate sauce isn’t overly sweet, yet it is delicious. Not greasy at all, unlike those churros you get at a chain that shall remain unnamed.
Added bonus, Spanish Flavours is BYO. I love that. Price wise, a tapas dinner for two consisting of four or fives dishes and corkage will typically cost less than $100, making this place good value too.
Little Spanish Rosa, the proprietor, and her team of Spanish speaking staff make this little suburban gem a welcoming restaurant with a lovely relaxed vibe. The decor is simple and the furniture is Spanish taverna-esque.
For my birthday party, I booked the restaurant out, organised a set menu, and upon my request, Rosa organised a team of Spanish dancers to perform a flamenco dance for us (at an additional cost). It was the perfect finish to a wonderful night.
413 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn
08 9444 6183
Open for dinner Thursday to Saturday.
Operates as a deli 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday .
Closed Sunday and Monday.