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HOT: Sardine Tin – Shop 3A Arbour on Grey, Little Stanley St, Southbank.

Mixed opinions have been thrown my way about Southbank’s resident tapas venue Sardine Tin, cheap mostly to do with the limited menu and price tag.  But I don’t take heed to these sorts of comments too often, medications because most people who feel this way just don’t get what tapas is all about.

 On one of the only sunny days we’ve had in rainy old Brisbane lately, I pulled up a couple of Sardine Tin’s rustic seats under the shade of a big umbrella in their alfresco dining area and suggested to my lunch date AD that we share a few plates over a Little Creatures pale ale or two.

I browsed through the menu and nodded in agreeance regarding the small menu.  A lot of the options included tasting plates and small portions, typical of tapas menus of course, but the range is probably less that you’d find elsewhere.  Never the less, all options sounded delicious.  We asked our friendly waiter for his recommendations and in the end we took his sound advice.

 The $12 tasting plate had a combination of garlic and lemon butter king prawns, sardine bruschetta, and chorizo and potato stacks with tangy mayonnaise.  I would never normally chose sardines, but when in Rome….


We combined this with a bowl of potato gnocchi with garlic butter, cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan to share, also $12.


The tasty morsels from both dishes were so light and flavours delicately balanced.  You can tell that a lot of love goes into the dishes at Sardine Tin from the way the parcels are constructed and the flavour explosion that occurs when you dismantle them.  And then when you chase them down with a cool beer on a sunny Spring day, it can’t get much better. 

For those not accustomed to the tapas experience, the meal portions and price tags will be hard to swallow (pardon the pun).  If you’re happy to eat progressively and savour the experience, Sardine Tin is one tapas venue and menu you shouldn’t go past.  Open for lunch and dinner most days, the menu is probably best enjoyed for parties of 2-4 people. 

  •  Sardine Tin – Shop 3A Arbour on Grey, Little Stanley St, Southbank, +61 7 3846 1146
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