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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 41 TOP NOSH www.innerwestweekly.com.au Take Spanish steps to Bel Parco NAME: Bel Parco Ristorante WHERE: Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park. Phone 9763 7530 or visit www.belparco.com.au OPEN: Lunch Monday to Saturday noon-3pm, Sunday noon-4pm, dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm PROFILE: Fiona Brady Tapas on tap at Bel Parco Ristorante in Bicentennial Park. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH I FIRST ate tapas during a trip to Spain's Brit-packed Costa del Sol in my late teens. Away from the tourist traps advertising stodgy English fry-ups and fish and chips, I found a real locals restaurant where I feasted on patatas bravas (fried potato slices in a spicy sauce), chorizo sausage and calamari. With my meat-and-two-veg upbringing, it was all wonderfully exotic. Of course, these days you don't have to go to Spain to try tapas. Bel Parco Ristorante in Sydney's Olympic Park has launched a five-course tapas menu for $29 per person every Tuesday night. All meals include a complementary pizza crust with roasted garlic, grana padano, rosemary and black olive paste, plus a glass of beer or selected pinot gris. My favourite was the octopus cooked with chilli, garlic, parsley and lemon and served with grilled roast tomatoes, marinated olives and roasted red capsicum. Tapas is all about sharing but I had to stop myself taking more than my quota of the tender, golden sumac-crusted calamari. Expect a fight over the grilled haloumi and chorizo skewers too -- they're spicy, full of flavour, and oh, so very good. So too are the moist veal meatballs, slow-cooked in tomato sauce. As for the location -- while Olympic Park might not be the first place to spring to mind for a night out, this restaurant is in a beautiful setting. It's right in the middle of Bicentennial Park, with picture postcard views over the water. Really, who needs Spain when we have this on our doorstep? 461 Marine Henley Drive, Drummoyne Ph: 9719 8392 aquavista.net.au A LA CARTE RESTAURANT Water edge views FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE Christmas / NYE / Celebrations BUSINESS LUNCH AVAILABLE Mon - Fri $25.50 2005 / 2006 / 2007 FINALIST Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence Weekend Bookings Essential OPEN 7 DAYS Lunch & Dinner BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW FOR FATHER'S DAY indulge yourself TUESDAY NIGHTS ARE FUN AT BEL PARCO - ENJOY TAPAS, BEER AND WINE For only $29* per person enjoy Bel Parco's Tapas Tuesday night special, comprising 5 courses of tapas, a glass of beer or Pinot Gris. Get a group together and experience a Mediterranean style night out while relaxing and enjoying the great atmosphere and exceptional food and service. To avoid disappointment book now Tel: 02 9763 7530 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org *Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Conditions apply. Bicentennial Drive, off Australia Avenue Bicentennial Park Sydney Olympic Park 9743 2225 LUNCH: DINNER: 2042501k wk08
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