Setting up in Brisbane CBD’s bustling Burnett Lane, El Matador blends the flair of the Spanish tapas bar experience with the charm of Melbourne’s laneway culture to create a uniquely delicious hotspot for dining, drinking, and grabbing life by the horns!
Brought to Brisbane by Leo Castelluccio (of Melbourne venues Cato, Graffiti Club, and Bakers Gallery); Leo’s goal with El Matador is to bring a vibrant, authentic Spanish atmosphere to the charging Burnett Lane precinct.
“I’m so inspired by the way that Melbourne has embraced and nurtured its laneway culture, and I hope we can bring some of that energy and atmosphere to the middle of Brisbane with El Matador,” says Leo.
With its open kitchen (featuring a striking humidor filled with various jamon and cured meats, and Pira oven direct from Barcelona) food is the main event at El Matador, whether it be a traditional Spanish pastry with coffee, a post-work serve of patatas bravas (Brisbane’s best, we dare say) with a cocktail, or an all-out Iberian feast.
The pintxos and tapas menus are extensive, ranging from three-cheese tarts with baby figs and honey to croquetas de jamon with confit chicken and mojo picon, and Sunshine Coast Padrón peppers with burnt cauliflower, cumin, and olive oil.
In true Iberian style, the seafood offering at El Matador is a jaw-dropping affair, with Shark Bay scampi, Moreton Bay bugs, Eatern rock lobsters, and Queensland prawns all available on ice with salmorejo, aioli and lemon, or a la plancha with garlic butter and lemon – the ultimate blend of perfect Australian produce and the time-honoured style of Spanish cooking.
Alongside a range of Australian and Spanish cheeses and cured meats (including La Boqueria Provisions’ Trufa salami of NSW wild boar and truffle), meat is done in a low-fuss, communal style, like the Rangers Valley pure Black Angus tomahawk, dry aged for 30 days with romesco, or (for something as impressive as La Sagrada Familia) a ½ suckling pig with crispy skin direct from Segovia.
In addition to the expansive main menu, El Matador also serves up breakfast from 7-11 daily, bound to be a boozy affair with a spiced Bloody Mary with Spanish pimenton, a range of fragrant spritzes and plenty of Cava!
Inspired breakfast dishes include corn fritters with smoked pimenton labneh, wood-roasted cherry tomatoes, smashed avocado, crumbled Spanish blue cheese and pistachio dukkah, and the classic Spanish tortilla with cheese and onion crisps, as well as house-baked traditional Spanish breads and pastries for something sweet (the French can keep their croissants).
The range of booths, banquettes and bar spaces accommodate up to 80 guests, with contemporary furnishings making El Matador an attractive venue no matter the occasion, while the Burnett Lane location is central while maintaining a sense of exclusivity and exploration!
El Matador is grabbing its interpretation of Spanish dining by the horns, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.
15 Adelaide Street (access via Burnett Lane)
Monday to Saturday: 7am-12am
Tapas and drinks: 11:30am-11pm
Phone: 07 3210 6640
For more information or media opportunities, please contact Amanda Harper on email@example.com, or on 0448 191 744.