No Mafia co-owner Emma Ferguson loves ’60s Spanish surf rock, in particular the music of the band Los Bravos.
Los Bravos is a love letter to Spanish food, wine and culture written by Ferguson and her husband and co-owner Dan Morris. It’s a 100-seat venue that blurs the lines between bar, tapas joint and restaurant.
Surf-rock LPs provide the soundtrack and the menu reflects the owners’ travels throughout the Iberian Peninsula. It touches on areas such as San Sebastian, Barcelona, Andalucia, Cadiz and the surfing coast of Portugal.
Seafood, unsurprisingly, features prominently by way of various house-preserved items such as pickled local whiting, sardines and octopus. Cured Spanish mackerel is available for dine-in and takeaway. Los Bravos cycles through a list of three cooked-to-order paellas, including a vegetarian version.
Barcelona’s Moritz draught beer is served alongside a selection of sherry, wine and cocktails. The wine list offers Spanish standards – big-name rioja, say – as well as local wines made in the Spanish style (hola house tinto, an unfiltered, tempranillo from Margaret River). Cocktails have a similar Spanish accent, such as a Manhattan aged in a sherry cask. On the topic of Spain’s famous – and at-times misunderstood – fortified wine, Ferguson also wants to introduce more drinkers to the pleasures of drinking dry sherry.
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