Bar Topa is a pocket-sized contemporary tapas bar. It only accommodates 40 standing diners and a few on stools that are scattered about. It’s a place to pop into for a couple snacks before heading on to the next venue.
While the set-up is very firmly Spanish – reminiscent of a pintxo bar (a venue offering bite-sized snacks and drinks) you’d find in Northern Spain – the food takes its cues from the broader Mediterranean.
Expect snacks such as sliced jamón and whipped salted cod. Chorizo and sardines are cooked over the searingly hot la plancha grill, as is the cuttlefish, which is served with parsley, garlic and olive oil. There’s also patatas bravas and grilled broccolini and romesco.
Drinks are served as half-pours, to allow punters to try a more of the menu. There’s a range of mini-cocktails (all $8), sangria on tap, a short and sharp list of wines, sherries and beers.