Over the past five years, Life & Brand’s popular franchise, La Parada Bar De Tapas, has become a culinary icon in the Mother City with multiple acclaimed venues that encapsulate the continental way of life.
The La Parada concept -which first opened its doors in Bree Street– is an ODE to the Spanish bars that bewitched Hemingway and which he frequented.
The Spanish-inspired locale (with four branches throughout the Western Cape and two in Gauteng) is currently one of the leading small plate offerings in the country, serving innovative, Hispanic-inspired dishes with a South African flare.
La Parada is also known for hosting a variety of live entertainment and signature experiences across its branches. On any given weekend, you can enjoy the sound of live jazz or a local DJ, experience the passion of flamenco dancers, indulge in a bespoke tasting menu, irresistible weekly specials, and so much more.
La Parada Constantia Nek is undoubtedly my go-to branch. The century-old barn (now tapas bar), with its charming indoor dining area framed with large windows that open up to an unbridled view of Groot Constantia, is perfect for that slow burn winter brunch.
The same goes for the menu – the bustling kitchen offers various well-priced tapas and mains designed for laid back dining and socialising. On a warm day (or during summer), pick a table on their spacious outdoor veranda, with vibrant mountain views and a convivial atmosphere where your furry friends are also allowed to rest on a leash.
An ideal afternoon at La Parada includes a table with a view, great company, live music and an endless stream of tapas paired with fine wine.
Some of my top menu choices this winter include their signature truffle potato skins, toasted ciabatta and Mediterranean-style marinated olives to start. Following this, a mix of small plates for the table to share, like their zesty flash-fried prawns in chilli, garlic and lemon butter. Plus, a plate of their decadent pork belly and short ribs and the calamari – grilled with chimichurri and served with tomato and cucumber with roasted garlic aioli.
For some vegetarian options, La Parada’s signature deep-fried miso-yaki aubergine made with miso corn emulsion, tomato, onion and honey cream cheese and the Broccolini – served with confit garlic and tomato and hazelnut dressing.
And to end on a sweet note, I 10/10 recommend La Parada’s cheesecake, served with the most sinful Amarena cherry curd and honeycomb pieces.
La Parada’s ability to adapt to the times – always offering new and on-trend menu items, signature events and experiences is what draws locals back time and time again.
This winter, lovers of everything La Parada can take advantage of a few select specials. Take a look a look below for more information and the La Parada Bar De Tapas website to make your next reservation.
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La Parada Bar De Tapas Weekly Specials
- Tapas Special from Monday to Thursday (all-day). Includes 3 Tapas for R199 or 5 Tapas for R299
- 2 for 1 Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 4-6 pm on selected wine and beer
- Receive a complimentary flat white, hot chocolate or bottomless filter coffee with any breakfast ordered on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 9-12 pm
- Jazz Fridays at La Parada Constantia Nek. More Info
- Sunday Funday – Live Music. More Info
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