Tapas y Vino at St Elmo

Location location: Byron Bay, Australia

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Hola amigos!  I hope you don’t mind being the third wheel on date night in Byron Bay.

After a lazy day at Wategos beach, Danny and I cleaned up our beach bum selves and headed to St Elmo for dinner.  Spanish food has to be the sexiest cuisine – ain’t nothing more seductive than sharing tapas over many glasses of good wine.

Danny studied the wine list while I admired the modern and minimalist decor of this popular little tapas bar.

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We decided to start with Australian wines.  The 5452 Riesling by KT for him and the Two Italian Boys Vermentino for me.  What can I say, I have a soft spot for Italian men!

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In addition to the regular menu, there were a few blackboard specials that were not to be missed.  Our off-the-menu starters arrived quickly.

Ceviche marinated in lime juice with avocado and salad.

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And a vegetable tortilla garnished with salad and fresh lemon.  Light and refreshing, perfect for summer.

Or should I say … perfecto!

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More wine please.  In fact, let’s order a bottle of Verdejo to be paired with our Spanish food.  It’s a clean and crisp Spanish wine that tastes somewhere in between an Aussie Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Don’t mind me, I’m just pretending to be a wine buff.

Sometimes tapas servings are too small for my (unexpectedly large) appetite, but I’m happy to report that St Elmo are very generous with their share plates.  

For the mains, we had pan fried portobello and button mushrooms cooked with Jerez vinegar, peas, manchego and enoki …

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And the slow cooked beef cheek for the win!

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These photos don’t make it look very appetising but I promise it. tasted. amazing.

The soft beef cheeks are infused with red wine and balanced with opposing flavours from the creamy cauliflower puree and crunchy fried breadcrumbs.  See how much I enjoyed it?

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That should be a poster face for #nomnomnom.

Okay, time to behave like a lady again.  I am on a date, after all.

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This lady would like some more wine please.

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We continued with our wines and chatted the night away until 6:30pm became 10:30pm.  Boy do I know how to talk non-stop after quaffing a few wines.

It was one of the best dinner dates I’ve had, and not just because of the great company.

St Elmo is sophisticated yet relaxed, and the lively atmosphere is buzzing until late into the night.  The staff are all charming and I highly recommend a trip whether it is for an intimate dinner or casual drinks with friends.

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St Elmo Dining Room & Bar
Corner Fletcher St and Lawson Lane, Byron Bay, Australia
http://stelmodining.com
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