Paella Y Pa’ Mi – Opening Soon
Fans of Spanish fare, get ready to say hola to Coorparoo’s newest Spanish bistro and wine bar Paella Y Pa’ Mi, which is set to open on the corner of Leicester Street and Martha Street in early July. The eatery is the brainchild of co-owners Kevin Fredes and Manuela Volpe, who are looking to shine a spotlight on the iconic (but often underrepresented, especially in Brisbane) dish paella. The venue’s name (which is pronounced ‘pah eh ya e pah me’) is a play on words, with ‘para ella’ translating to ‘for her’ and ‘pa mi’ meaning ‘for me’ – this wordplay communicates the ‘sharing is caring’ mentality that the restaurant and its signature dish embodies. Head chef Kevin will be dipping into his Spanish and Chilean heritage, putting his skills (honed under the mentorship of superstar chef Miguel Maestre) to create a menu based around, you guessed it, paella! Four varieties (Valenciana style, seafood, vegetarian and a signature variety named after the couple’s daughter Marysol) of paella will be available, taking centre stage alongside a rotating selection of tapas. Organic and boutique wines with Spanish or Hispanic origins will feature heavily across the beverage list, with little-known and hard-to-find options expected to appear. As for the space itself, we’ve been told to expect a colour palette of pastel blue and cream, with Andalusian tiles and timber helping to exude a warm yet glamorous aesthetic. Paella Y Pa’ Mi will boast 12 tables (one reserved for large groups, the others for intimate pairings) spread across the interior and alfresco space, accomodating a total of 40 guests.