As the new Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is nearing completion we were delighted to see a number of restaurants and an ice cream shop open up along the Station Road side outside from the Food Hall. They are in full view across the street from our practice at the Day & Night Medical Centre.
We recognized the name OLE and were told it was a satellite restaurant from the well-known original at South Bank. After Saturday morning hours my wife and I crossed the street to its inviting open sidewalk street frontage for a bite of lunch. As it was a mild day we chose the front open area was greeted by a Oriol (with authentic Spanish accent). Water and menus quickly came out.
I ordered the Confit Duck with wild mushrooms sauteed in butter ($19) and my wife ordered the deep fried seasoned prawns (Tapas style) ($12). I ordered a beer I had enjoyed in Barcelona a couple years ago, Estrella Light ($7.50) to compliment my meal. My wife wanted a cappuccino ($3.50) to perk her up after the morning's rush. Our beverages were quickly served
Unfortunately, as newbies, we were presented with plate of small prawns with their shells still on. Oriol blithely encouraged my wife to ''just eat them whole'' (heads & tails included). The ''yuck-Factor'' soon kicked in, even after pulling off the front & rear ends. I called Oriol over and said, ''Put a Rush on the Chicken Croquetas.'' ($13.00)
I must say my Duck platter was a delight. The duck was cooked to is juicy perfection with a crispy skin and meat that fell off the bone. The sauteed mushrooms were a tasty compliment to a dish dressed with wilted spinach leaves. The Croquetas came out before I finished and found favor with my wife. We enjoyed the ambiance that only a new sidewalk restaurant can give you. The Spanish background music was at a reasonable level to enjoy and bring back memories of that Iberian flavour we experienced. We'll be coming back again to try out other parts of the extensive menu.
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