The much-loved Robbie Burns looks a little different these days, but is as Spanish as ever – maybe even more so. The new look is brighter, whiter and considerably more spacious than the former warren of rooms that punctuated the building. But there is still a definite comfort to the whites, rusts, reds and woods that dress the space.
Owners Colonial Leisure Group have kept the Spanish theme in the kitchen that started back in 1982 with Urbano Gutierrez. The focus is on authentic Spanish food and even people, with savvy Spanish staff who are experienced in hospitality and passionate about their culture. Head chef is Ivan Saiz with co-manager Jose Murgui (who previously worked together at St Kilda’s Entre Tapas y Vinos) joined by management counterpart Jose Ortega.
There is a front bar section for tapas-only and a communal table behind the bar for groups or a quieter beverage.
The fact that the new owners have respected the uncanny notion of a pub with a Scottish name and Spanish food is a definite positive. Plus, it’s good to see an old favourite reopening for a second stint.