Basque Tapas and Wine, Chapel Street Windsor Melbourne

Melbourne April 29th, 2008

I came here last Friday night with a friend who highly recommended we try their set tapas menu which is $40 each.

First to come out was gazpacho which came out in a┬ásmall glass and served very cold. I’ve honestly never tried gaspacho and I wasn’t too keen on it. I absolutely love tomato sauce but I found the gaspacho to be very strong tasting and for me overpowering.

The next entree items included anchovy tapanade on bread and a vegetable torte. Both of these were nice but I thought the vegetable torte was a bit bland. Entree also included grilled trevally with a tomato confit sauce. The fish was lovely although I’m allergic to some white fish so I ate mine with a bit of trepidation.

The mains included grilled chicken skewers, chorizo corn and sofrito and grilled artichoke with romenesco which was like a sundried tomato dip underneath.

I’ve had tapas once before in Sydney and I have to say it much more enjoyable and flavoursome than what I had at Basque. I’ve been to Movida before in Melbourne and that is to die for so it’s unfair to compare Movida with Basque but I just felt there wasn’t great value for money and I wasn’t a fan of a lot of the choices and felt some dishes were just plain boring and bland.

Overall I’d rate it 13 out of 20 so while it’s not terrible, I think there is room for improvement and a better tapas set menu.

Basque Tapas & Wine
159 Chapel St
Windsor 3181 VIC
Phone: (03) 9533 7044

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The set tapas menu is $40 each or $50 with two glasses of wine

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We ordered a spanish wine while we waited for our table to be free

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Gazpacho, Anchovy tapenade on bread and vegetable frittata

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Artichoke with sundried tomato dip underneath and grilled chicken skewers

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Grilled trevally fish with a tomato sauce on top

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Chorizo corn and sofrito

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