The sun was shining, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre was pumping with shoppers and the mini bun gee was sound asleep. The combination was perfect for the other travel bunnie and I to finally try Ole Fuego for a Sunday lunch.
I was immediately taken by the indoor/ outdoor setting of the restaurant and the fact that I could peer straight into the kitchen with my eager eyes, willing the chefs to bring out my food. Having scouted out the other diners’ plates for tasty food, I ordered the Calamares - Fried calamari, alioli, fresh lemonas ($12) from the tapas section of the menu as our shared starter (which our lovely waitress confirmed was a definite house special). Yum. Enough said! The calamari was the perfect balance of tender white flesh and crunchy coating – the ideal appetiser. We decided to try a long time favourite for our shared main, De Pollo - Chicken, chorizo, morcilla, mushrooms, peas, piquillo peppers ($43) paella for 2. Now I have high expectations for paella having first gotten hooked on its addictive comforting flavours in the eateries of Barcelona a few years ago but I can confirm that this meat and mushroom packed version did not disappoint. The chicken was perfectly cooked and a nice contrast to the salty moorish flavours of the generous sausage pieces scattered throughout the dish. Conversely, the sweet piquillo peppers added a lovely highlight to the well rounded dish. And of course, the rice was the ideal texture.
The food and ambience at this cute little eatery is reason enough to venture to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (as if I really needed another one thanks to Camilla, Koko Black and soon, H&M)!
The verdict is simple, authentic Spanish with a reasonable price tag in a venue that makes you feel far from a shopping centre eatery. Ole!
Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $58.00