The menu is mostly Spanish, but darts from one corner of the globe to another to encapsulate delicious market-style food. All the dishes are designed with two things in mind: sharing and feasting. The focus is on traditional styles of cooking (using skillets, wood ovens and live fires) and makes for a real food experience. The term ‘eat with your eyes first’ applies here.
The lunch and dinner menu runs the gauntlet from healthy (Peruvian ceviche) to fried (street food-style finger food such as samosas, bhajhias and patatas bravas) and more. The paellas are slow-cooked, in a traditional hearth for a delicious, smoky flavour. Some of the highlights of the Coals menu are the 500g rib-eye on the bone and the whole fish, but don’t leave without trying the kababs – lamb, chicken, beef or pork belly – skewered, marinated overnight and grilled on the coals to maximise the flavour. For dessert, take your pick from churros, gin-tonic tart, whoopie pie and more street sweets.
The décor takes inspiration from the mid-century, with a warm colour palette, a mix of wooden furniture and cabinetry behind the bar used as display units. The super-cool décor features are undoubtedly the salvaged 1950s orange postboxes and Lady Boqueria, a six-metre-high mural of a Spanish torero, who watches over the whole space. At once cosy and welcoming, the space has different sections: tables and booths, a dedicated bar area and the upstairs area where you can hide away or have a private function. The floor-to-ceiling windows mean that La Boqueria is sun-drenched for most of the day and still gives you the feeling of sidewalk eating well into the evening – much loved throughout The Parks. The outside veranda with its pergola and fireplace in the corner is a fabulous all-year-round spot to while away your time.
The bar focuses on some of the best small and boutique South African wine farms – with an emphasis on natural and biodynamic wines. A small-batch wine list, which changes every week, champions up-and-coming winemakers, but there are other tipples and aperitifs to take your fancy.
11:30 – 22:00 Monday – Saturday
11:30 – 17:00 Sunday
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