A childhood spent visiting family in the Canary Islands began the love affair with Spanish cuisine for Simon Dorta.
The Canary Islands archipelago, located off the west coast of Africa, has a rich Spanish culture, infused with Latin American and African influences. Simon grew up with his Spanish father cooking traditional dishes from the islands and sharing family recipes. Years later, armed with a collection of family recipes, Simon and his partner Tracey were inspired to create Little Spain.
“With every dish we bring the taste of Spain to local markets using authentic Spanish ingredients.”
The standout dish at Little Spain is the manchego cheese paired with a generous serving of mojo picón. This traditional Canary Islands sauce is made from garlic, olive oil, red pepper, cumin, salt and vinegar. It is served with nearly every dish on the islands and handmade mojo is always found at street markets. With every bite of the mojo picón, you get a taste of the Canary Islands childhood that has inspired it all.
The sherry-glazed lamb ribs were often cooked at home as a special occasion dish. The care and attention to detail in this dish is just as if it has been lovingly prepared at home. Both the lamb and the barbecued octopus are cooked to order on a char-grill to ensure that the fresh, rich flavours come through every time.
The first iteration of Little Spain was a paella trailer that soon became a favourite at pop up markets throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast. When NightQuarter opened, their Little Spain paella stall was a standout and has delighted customers since. When the opportunity came up to open a second location at NightQuarter, Simon and Tracey saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring something completely unique to the markets.
The dishes at the new restaurant have the same home-cooked flavours, and the same high-quality ingredients… with a twist of sophistication. This is them really showing off.
The popular Deluxe Tapas Platter has a perfectly shareable selection of sherry-glazed lamb ribs, barbecued baby octopus, fried manchego cheese, deep fried olives, jamón, toasted garlic sourdough, and traditional Spanish sauces… including the famous mojo picón!
Find Little Spain at the end of Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!