It is a simple fact: sangria and tapas are the ultimate combination. Need proof? Look no further than Ole Restaurant & Bar South Bank.

On a Friday night, the fiesta began as soon as we were seated. Our accommodating waiter brought out a bowl of warm olives all different hues of green and brown minutes after seating us – the perfect entrée to more entrées. And with our red sangria poured and set menu chosen, our tastebuds were tapas ready.

First came the Tartare De Atun – tuna tartare, tomato and fresh herb salsa with avocado mousse and crispy bread. From the first bite, the flavour combinations in the dish made us reach for more. Only minutes later, our waiter came out with the next dish, Jamon Iberico, mountain ham served with crusty bread, grated tomato and garlic. Laid out as separate components, these simple ingredients combined with an added pinch of salt created a delightful flavour. Soon, these star dishes were joined by some seafood sensations: fresh calamari and grilled octopus, with a hint of chorizo sausage.

It was not long before our tapas disappeared into thin air – but we were not finished yet. Looking down at the menu in anticipation of what was to come, Cordero (lamb shoulder and roasted vegetables) and Costillas De Vaca (short ribs, mustard mash and greens) caught our eye. Both dishes hosted juicy and tender meat that fell off the bone, with fresh seasonal vegetables that accompanied it.

Ole Restaurant & Bar South Bank is a dining experience perfect for date night, a family get together or Friday night drinks, the sangria and tapas will make you shout OLE! any day.

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