Raising the bar in local dining Pablo Pablo brings an enticing touch of Spanish to the Gold Coast. The food is rustic – excellent quality, simply prepared and well-priced. Tapas has got to be the best way to dine – everyone gets to taste everything and nobody suffers from menu envy.
The selection of tapas dishes is extensive and caters for all tastes. The only problem is trying to decide what to order from a menu where everything sounds so good! After much deliberation we chose the Waygu beef, anchovies, egg and caramelized onion tortilla and the asparagus as well as a sample of the cured meats. The pick of the dishes was the Waygu – luscious and succulent, simply cooked in pan juices with a few salad greens. So delicious I was contemplating licking the dish. The other delightful surprise was the tortilla. I had imagined something more Mexican, but this was like a potato frittata, delicately spiced, fragrant and garnished with caramelised onion and toasted sunflower seeds - just divine! The cured meats were exceptional, particularly the aged jamon, served with crusty bread and olives which somehow taste so much better when they’re warm. The white sangria was wonderfully refreshing on a balmy summer night.
We dined on a Thursday night – it was busy but not full. When it is, there’s communal dining which makes for a lively dining experience. However, as we were there for a romantic dinner, having a table to ourselves was a treat.
The service was great. The staff casual yet professional and we were well looked after. This place has warmth and character, is stylish without being pretentious and just gener. We'll be back, and will be bringing our friends with us!
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