Alegrias Spanish Tapas is the most authentic Spanish restaurant in Sydney. Located on Darling St in the heart of Balmain, walk through the doorway and be transported back to Spain with authentic Spanish cuisine as well as live entertainment on the weekends!
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Some people would say that authentic Spanish restaurants are a rarity in Sydney. Those individuals would be pleased to discover Alegrias, a hidden gem tucked away off Darling Street in Balmain.
Dining at Alegrias proves to be a delightful sensory experience, as soon as you walk through the doors, the diner is wooed by the high ceiling and elaborate decor. The restaurant is dimly lit, and the elegant dining tables with overhanging chandeliers create an intimate setting. A live guitarist plays lively Spanish music near our table, adding a festive vibe.
The interior is beautiful, but it is the food that impresses. We start with a selection of cured meats and tapas including a personal favourite - “patatas bravas” or potatoes served with spicy tomato sauce and aioli. There are other tapas classics too, succulent pieces of chorizo, fried calamari and homemade chicken pate served with bread.
But, the ultimate test of any Spanish restaurant is the quality of its paella. At Alegrias, the paellas are cooked from scratch with Spanish rice and saffron, which means quite the wait but it is worth it. I proudly declare that it is the best paella I have ever had.