Bree Street has long been one of Cape Town’s most vibrant restaurant hubs, with an astounding array of cafés, bars and fine-dining establishments stretching all the way from Gardens to the Foreshore district.
The original branch of La Parada, which opened its doors in 2013, was one of the street’s forerunners, tempting passersby with the whiff or fried garlic, chorizo and other equally lip-smacking Spanish-inspired tapas.
Chilly days call for fiery tapas
Though it originated in the taverns of Spain in the late 1800s, tapas-style eating has become especially popular in the Mother City of late, with a plethora of eateries offering extensive small-plates menus – the perfect accompaniment to our laidback lifestyle and excellent wines.
One such establishment is La Parada on Bree Street, where executive chef Roche Rossouw have created a menu of soul-satisfying, flavourful dishes that’ll warm your belly and make you want to linger longer.
The tantalising tapas menu features ham croquetas, served with whole grain mustard aioli and minted peas; the tuna tataki with sesame seeds, avo mousse, angel hair chilli, soy and lemongrass dressing with shaved baby carrot and coriander; and roasted pork belly with palm-sugar caramel, rainbow pineapple slaw and toasted sesame seeds, among others.
And although the focus is primarily tapas, there are also some lip-smackingly delicious mains, such as the crispy chicken burger on a toasted artisan brioche bun, with avo, tomato and a secret sauce; chicken espetada with sautéed red peppers, baby spinach and crispy butter potatoes; and juicy beef short ribs with orange glaze and sticky paprika. Heaven!
The cocktail set
In addition to the tapas menu, La Parada’s other prized offering is its impressive range of cocktails, which includes the royal rum punch (Bacardi Carta Blanca, rooibos, mango, citrus and soda) and the LP margarita (Olmeca Altos Blanco, honey, lime and salt).
The restaurant’s tavern-like interior, which resembles tapas joints on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, with its long wooden communal benches, mosaic-tiled floors and vibrant postered walls, is the perfect place to enjoy an after-work drink and a few shared plates with friends.
Good to know While La Parada Bree Street offers the perfect innercity experience, La Parada at Constantia Nek provides a tapas-and-cocktail experience with spectacular views of Constantia Valley, and La Parada V&A Waterfront offers a buzzy harbourside vibe.