Setting up in Brisbane’s Burnett Lane, El Matador blends the flair of the Spanish tapas bar experience with the charm of Melbourne’s lane way culture to create a hotspot for dining, drinking, and grabbing life by the horns.
Founder Leo Castelluccio has a history in top-notch hospitality, previously working at Melbourne venues Cato, Graffiti Club, and Bakers Gallery. Castelluccio’s goal with El Matador is to bring a vibrant, authentic Spanish atmosphere to the Burnett Lane precinct. “I’m so inspired by the way that Melbourne has embraced and nurtured its lane-way culture, and I hope we can bring some of that energy and atmosphere to the middle of Brisbane with El Matador,” says Castelluccio.
With its open kitchen food is the main event at El Matador, whether it be a traditional Spanish pastry with coffee, a post-work serve of patatas bravas with a cocktail, or an all-out Iberian feast. The pintxos and tapas menus are extensive, ranging from three-cheese tarts with baby figs and honey to croquetas de jamon with confit chicken and mojo picon, and Sunshine Coast Padrón peppers with burnt cauliflower, cumin, and olive oil. Complementing their flavours, El Matador has a generous beverage menu.
In true Iberian style, there is a diverse array of seafood on offer, including Shark Bay scampi, Moreton Bay bugs, Eatern rock lobsters, and Queensland prawns. El Matador balances local Australian produce with Spanish flavour. Meat is prepared in a low-fuss, communal style, such as the Rangers Valley pure Black Angus tomahawk with romesco and the suckling pig with crispy skin direct from Segovia.
In addition to the expansive main menu, El Matador also serves up breakfast daily. Inspired breakfast dishes include corn fritters with smoked pimenton labneh, wood-roastedcherry tomatoes, smashed avocado, crumbled Spanish blue cheese and pistachio dukkah, and the classic Spanish tortilla with cheese and onion crisps, as well as house-baked traditional Spanish breads and pastries for something sweet .
The range of booths, banquettes and bar spaces accommodate up to eighty guests making El Matador suitable for any occasion.
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