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New Tapas in Nedlands

David Coomer (of Star Anise fame) has provided the western suburbs with it\'s hippest new venue - Pata Negra on the corner of Stirling Hwy and Bruce Street in Nedlands.

David has joined forces with Star Anise Sous Chef Matt Stone to deliver authentic Tapas to the Perth population.

David comments,  "There are very few restaurants around Perth that do a realistic style of Spanish food... so we are looking to introduce something very new. There’ll be a real Moorish theme to it. Historically, Spain was heavily influenced by the Arabs, and they introduced cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and all sorts of spices that are found in Middle Eastern and North African food. These have become entrenched in Spanish cuisine. In Spain, a lot of the tapas bars are moving to all sorts of global foods. You might find sashimi-style tapas in Barcelona. But I’d rather start here with real Spanish food”.

The samplings we tasted at Pata Negra\'s opening were definitely Moorish! The Hiramasa Kingfish with saffron and lemon melted in your mouth. The pork crackling was fluffly and light and raisin ice-cream with doughnuts (pictured) -  heavenly.

Add to the great food a fabulous wine list and a very Melbourne feeling, retro 70\'s space, and you have an excellent venue to share a few drinks with friends. Hopefully Perth will see more of these types of venues popping up.



added: 10 July 2009
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