Jozi’s New Tapas Spot: Vicky Cristina’s

I know I know, Vicky Cristina’s isn’t still “new”, but there is a chance you may not have been there yet. If this is the case, go! I went during the day, and admittedly, the black and red decor does lend itself more to a nighttime ambiance. We tried a little bit of everything and I was really really impressed.

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Good food doesn’t always need to be synonymous with a snooty, upmarket restaurant, and Vicky Cristina has hit the nail on its head with its food offering. The┬ácrispy calamari is among the best I’ve ever tasted (think even better than my all-time number one calamari at Koi)- think tender, with a coating that is perfectly crisp and tangy. Prices are reasonable- most tapas, which are good for 2 people to share, are priced at R49. 3 tapas dishes will be more than enough for 2 people.

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The idea is Spanish tapas, and there are a lot of authentic dishes on the menu. However, the menu also features some crowd-pleasing favourites that are done really well. Instead of pizzas, Vicky Cristina’s offers “Cocas”, which are Spanish Flatbreads- pretty much a pizza ­čÖé I loved mine- basically everything you could want in a pizza, not overly cheesed, perfect crust thickness, and the right amount of toppings.

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The restaurant is decorated with blown up pictures from the Vicky Cristina Barcelona movie, and I really like the shots that were chosen. They add an air of glamour, and who doesn’t love that movie?

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I really like┬áthe idea of just ordering a bunch of food for a large table and having a taste of everything. There’s live music on the weekends so you can make an evening out of it. Also- how amaze, no corkage for 1 bottle of wine per four people at the table and a minimal charge thereafter. Things can get rowdy quickly so make sure to keep it safe and get a cab- there are lots of Sandton cabs that operate around there.

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Vicky Cristina’s is situated at the Colony Shopping Centre, Craighall, Johannesburg. Visit www.vickycristinas.com

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