A little slice of Spain has come to Modbury, Adelaide in the form of Boca Chica Bar.
The sun was setting as we approached Boca Chica, appropriately washing a golden light over its romantic external decor. Which was, quite possibly, the perfect way to foreshadow what we’d find inside.
It felt as though we had entered a converted villa in Barcelona, one which may have belonged to someone’s welcoming grandmother. A very hip and trendy grandmother, that is. It’s clear that authenticity was at the forefront of every decision owner Michael Sfera made.
Sfera used to take many trips to Spain, as he found something “very unique” about the culture there. On a trip to Costa Brava, in a restaurant where very little English was spoken, Sfera remembers enjoying the most delectable and well executed octopus and paella. As he enjoyed his meal, watching the sun go down over this picturesque paradise, he became inspired to bring these flavours back to Adelaide.
The food really is something special at Boca Chica Bar. Head Chef, Oliver Morris, has a masterful way of infusing as much flavour as possible into the smallest bites of food. A deceptively simple Patatas Bravas with Spicy Roast Tomato Aioli translates to a perfect bite of potato that is crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and with a burst of peri-peri spice which leaves this dish gently dancing on your tongue. Cooled by the creamy pairing of a spicy roast tomato aioli, which carries its own little kick.
I’m a sucker for simple made awesome, and this is what Morris gave us again and again. Authentic dishes, simple in design, but with his own special twist that took each item we were served to the next level.
And can we talk about the sangria? A must drink if you’re out for tapas with the girls, having dinner with your family, on a super sexy date, or if you’re me and will go back for it even if it means drinking alone. For their smooth and fruity sangria, I’ll just bring a book and pretend like I’m reading. #noshame
Sfera wants Boca Chica Bar to be a place everyone feels welcome. Whether you are out for a few tapas and a glass of vino or hosting a big, lively dinner, his preference to create an inclusive space is indicative of Spain’s culture in and of itself.
A truly unique venue, one which I’m certain will inspire many memorable nights over indulgent dishes alongside a fruitful glass of sangria (or two… or five).