I've heard good things about The Spanish Fly from a few of my friends who have been. It's always packed out.
We get in early to secure a seat. I mean it, it was like 5:45pm and it was off the back of a late hearty lunch at home. This place gets busy, by 6:30pm it was full. If it was Spain, we'd be rocking up to dinner at 10:30pm...just saying. FYI you can only make bookings for groups 5 people and larger.
Sangria, my standard vino of one of their $15 cocktails? I figure $15 for a cocktail is decent by Sydney terms, so cocktail it is. I get their signature "Spanish Fly". Expecting it to be grandiose in appearance, after all it is their namesake cocktail, I'm disappointed when it comes out. I think it was all those thoughts about Barcelona and the Dali exhibition I saw in Berlin that got me excited in the first place.
Cocktail not flashy at all. Hard on eradicated in an instant. Poof, gone.
Taste was OK, if I could taste the alcohol then it would have been better (and made up for the other flavours lacking).
The first dish that comes out: stuffed zucchini flowers. I love tiny things, like tiny zucchini, so its a hit.
Especially because it's coupled with a generous smear of the subtle tasting roasted pimiento (capsicum) sauce.
Patatas bravas are brought out next. How can anyone get these wrong? They were clearly reheated, OMG cardinal sin! One of the most inexpensive ingredients and easiest to cook. WTF?
Try it and then watch a movie at the Ritz. Oh yeah, and try the churros and let me know how they are!
The Spanish Fly
35 St Pauls Street
The Spot, Randwick