We don’t venture out to Glebe much, but it’s definitely worth heading to this bustling strip of restaurants for Despana, a lovely themed Spanish restaurant with the hands down best churros we have ever tasted!
Before we got to dessert though, we had a few of their tapas for lunch. The Patatas Bravas came out with the three classic components separated on the platter (fried potatoes, bravas sauce and aioli). The crispy hot fried potatoes were great on their own, but dipping them in the rich tomato bravas sauce and tasty aioli takes it to another level of deliciousness.
Patatas Bravas, $13
Next we had the addictive Croquettes, which were larger than we expected – the creamy filling of chorizo and manchego cheese just oozed out of the lightly crumbed exterior once we eased it open. The tiny dollop of intensely flavoured aioli on top gave it just the right amount of extra kick in the flavour stakes.
Croquettes, $4.50 each
To break up all the carbs, we ordered the Baked Cauliflower which was served in an adorable mini blue ceramic pot. While the soft cauliflower was a welcome veggie addition to the meal, the creamy manchego gratin definitely added to the overall richness of the meal, rather than breaking it up as we were hoping.
Baked Cauliflower, $13
We were getting very full already by this stage, but we still had a little pan of Mini Chorizo to go. The diced sausages lived up to expectations and were full of flavour, coated in a cider glaze, but we were just too full to polish off the pan.
Mini Chorizo, $11
Finally after all the savoury, we got to the star of the meal – the light as air Churros, which were lightly crispy on the outside, with a dusting of sugar and soft, fluffy and chewy on the inside. Served with a side pot of warm, heavenly chocolate sauce, these Churros could just do no wrong in our eyes. Easily the best Churros we’ve had in Sydney!
Our meal at Despana was not cheap, but tapas in Sydney hardly ever is. The flavours of the food are executed well and the ambience of the restaurant is cosy, inviting, but still contemporary despite its themed decorations (think metal bull’s heads mounted on the walls). We’ll definitely be returning next time a churros craving hits us!
101 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9660 2299