Ole Spanish Restaurant, South Bank, Brisbane

'Sharing is caring' is the new dining out mantra with share menus appearing on restaurant boards around town quicker than you can say ole!

And that's where I tasted the latest share menu. A delightful collection of tapas, sure to please even the pickiest crowd and live music if you choose to dine on Thursday or Sunday nights is the new offering at Ole Spanish Restaurant in Brisbane's South Bank.

Ole's tapas cuisine is vibrant and full flavoured and its South Bank setting is very approachable.

For those of you who aren't mainstream in your tastes or dietary requirements, Ole will tailor a menu for you.  With a partner who is not fond of seafood (how could that have happened?), I'm well aware what it's like to be sitting next to the person who is hanging on the fifth dish to come out because the others have all been seafood.

There are several Fiesta menus starting at $38 per person with nine dishes and heading up to $53.50 per person.

We sampled the mama of the bunch, Fiesta Menu No. 3, with six delicious tapas ranging from Croqueta De Jamon (jamon serrano fritters), Patatas Bravas (crisped spiced potatoes) and Pulpo Con Chorizo (grilled octopus, chorizo, fresh lime, parsley and tomato), and my person favourite, Queso Frito (fried manchengo cheese with tomato jam). This menu also includes five raciones, from Albondigas (beef and chorizo meat balls),Brochetas de Pollo (grilled chicken, capsicum and onion skewers w/ saffron pilaf) and Ensalada de Tomate y Manchego (tomato, rocket, walnuts and manchego)  to Mejillas De Carne (beef cheeks braised in pedro ximenez, green pea and radish salad).

I was seriously too full to indulge, but you can sweeten up your fiesta by adding Postres to your menu for $5 per person. The mouthwatering Churros (Spanish donuts, cinnamon and warm chocolate sauce) are well worth the indulgence if you can fit them in.

Live flamenco guitarists perform every Thursday and Sunday night between 5 and 9pm. Ole!

Find Ole at the QPAC end of Little Stanley Street.


Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest for this meal.