BODEGA ON MAIN

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1014 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-565-8815

Web: http://www.bodegaonmain.ca/

Twitter @bodegaonmain

Advice: Doesn’t take reservations. Walk-ins welcome.

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Returning to their family roots, Owner, Paul Rivas, along with his Business Manager and sister, Natalie Rivas have created a beautiful abode that incorporates fixtures from the original La Bodega that their parents founded downtown over 40 years ago.

Gato Loco cocktail

Gato Loco cocktail

Ensalda de Hinojo

Ensalda de Hinojo

Patat Bravas

Patat Bravas

Pisto Andaliz

Pisto Andaliz

I have dined here a couple times already, enjoying many of the authentic Spanish dishes and drinks. I began one of my meals with the Gato Loco cocktail with fig infused akvavit, antico formula, marmalade and orange cream bitters. I loved the refreshing Ensalda de Hinojo ($8) with shaved fennel, pine nuts, Red onion and citrus; along with the traditional Patat Bravas ($5); and the delicious Pisto Andaliz ($7) vegetable stew!

Gambas Al Agillo

Gambas Al Agillo

Albondigas

Albondigas

Chuletillas de Cordero

Chuletillas de Cordero

The Gambas Al Agillo ($8) sautéed prawns in garlic and chillies and sherry is a classic dish that you would widely find in Spain, and here it is delicious. Loved the outstanding Albondigas ($8) with tomato sauce and grated manchego; as well as the Chuletillas de Cordero ($12) rosemary and garlic marinated lamb chops, spiced potatoes and onions.

Pollo Frito

Pollo Frito

Costillas de Res

Costillas de Res

Paella Mixta

Paella Mixta

The Pollo Frito ($7) brined and deep fried free range chicken drummets with garlic and sherry were good for sharing as was the Costillas de Res ($14) tender braised short ribs; lastly the Paella Mixta ($25) was a large pan filled with saffron rice, peas, with seafood, chicken, chorizo and lemon wedges!

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Bombon de Higos

Bombon de Higos

Churros

Churros

For dessert which is a must here, I loved the Rice Pudding ($7) with dulce de leche heavenly and delicious. I also loved the Bombon de Higos ($6) chocolate covered figs stuffed with almonds and mascarpone.  The Churros ($6) are served warm, home-made and they come with a hot dipping chocolate and vanilla mascapone.

You’ll find a selection of fine Spanish wines as well as Sherry to go along with the Spanish tapas and cocktails, savouring late into the night.

Review By: Richard Wolak