It’s always the unplanned meals that are most memorable. I asked a friend out for a movie and surprisingly I didn’t even think about where we were going to eat. We walked past Legends Spanish restaurant and I didn’t even know it existed let alone had a meal there.
The creepy staircase leading upstairs.
7 course tapas degustation complimented by our Chef’s dessert trio (minimum 2 people $55.00 per person)~ We wanted a variety so we chose some seafood, some meat and something with a vegetable in it.
Balmain bugs- Baked balmain bugs with tomato, chilli sauce. The bugs seemed dry and a bit tasteless.
Cigalas– Scampi in saffron, cream and vermouth sauce. The sauce was absolutely delicious although it completely overshadowed the scampi meat.
Esparragos con jamon– fresh asparagus spears baked with Spanish ham. A simple but tasty combination.
Pulpo a la brasa– grilled baby octopus, marinated paprika and oregano. A little bit charcoal-y along the edges but not chewy.
Ternera– eye fillet medallions on truffle oil mash. My friend had eaten this before and she said it was not as nice as before. It was by far not the worse steak I’ve eaten and I found the mash very creamy and addictive.
Falda de cerdo– caramelised pork belly served with apple cider and mixed wild mushroom sauce. This was such a disappointment, which was a shame because it was one of the tapas I was looking forward to the most. The meat was so tough and the skin was just oily and chewy that I couldn’t eat it.
Chorizo– traditional pork and paprika sausage. I didn’t mind the chorizo, it went really well with the mash potato that came with the steak.
Complimentary Chef’s dessert trio (this is supposed to be shared by two people)– homemade passionfruit ice-cream, creme caramel, chocolate pudding. A lovely way to finish the meal. The ice-cream had subtle passion fruit taste that was really good. The creme caramel was extremely smooth but there was next to no taste and not at all sweet like you would expect it to be. The chocolate pudding was a bit to rich for me which is not in contrast to the creme caramel, it was like eating a tasty cold rich chocolate cake batter.
If you are wondering where everyone is when restaurants seem pretty empty but all the car parks are full in Manuka, they are probably all at Legends Spanish restaurant. They have a large capacity and a lot of large bookings were there that night. I do like the tapas style of food, we were able to eat a variety of food in reasonable sized portions and not be overly full from a ‘7 course tapas degustation’.
Venue: Legends Spanish restaurant
Address: 17 Franklin Street Griffith ACT 2603
Phone: (02) 6295 3966