La Sala del Prado, QAG

Indulge in authentic Spanish tapas at La Sala del Prado

Imagine you’re an artist in Spain, drinking freshly poured glasses of sangria in between painting canvases, while the delicate sound of flamenco guitar caresses your ears. The Sala Cafe in La Sala del Prado at the Queensland Art Gallery transports you to this dreamy landscape as you try your hand at life drawing and sample authentic cuisine from this colourful culture.

After wandering through the historical Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado exhibition, linger awhile in the Sala Cafe and experience the modern Madrid. Indulge in a simple artist’s lunch of olives and sourdough, or further your palate’s cultural awareness with dishes like Poached Pickled Mackerel in Saffron Escabeche served with Crispy Deep-fried Leeks or Serrano Ham with Buttered Asparagus, Free-range Boiled Egg and Baby Globe Artichoke.

The menu also sees tortillas wrapped around fillings of slow-roasted Provencal vegetables or local Northern Rivers ham-off-the-bone and apple chutney, with a selection of mini tapas available for the little ones too. Sip sangria infused with apples, oranges, lemon, cinnamon and lemonade, or travel through this vibrant country’s regions with a few glasses of Spanish wine, including Cava from the Penedes region, Albarino from Rias Baixas, Verdejo from Rioja and Garnacha from Toro.

From 12:30–2:30 pm each day, be inspired by the rich hum of Spanish music, from classical to flamenco guitar. Entry to La Sala del Prado is included with an exhibition ticket.


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