Bar Nacional

Bar Nacional
Collins Square
727 Collins St Melbourne
03 9252 7999

I happened to be around Docklands this day and decided to have a lunch date with Ness. We both haven’t tried Bar Nacional so it’s an obvious choice. We were seated in one of those high bar tables, which I thought it was a bit weird considering a pregnant lady had to climb onto the stool. Maybe they couldn’t see I am pregnant? :/

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We were offered a lunch menu, which costs $19 for a main dish and $24 for main dish plus two tapa. We were a bit confused about that also, as I pointed out the same main dish (but they called it raciones) in the normal menu cost between $15-20… So if we chose a cheaper main dish we would have lost out? Or is the “main dish” in the lunch menu bigger? Who knows? We were gonna chance it so we ordered the most exxy “main dish” which is the wagyu skirt, which would costs $20 in the normal menu. We also ordered two tapa, the braised beef empanada and tortilla de patata. The waitress questioned whether we have enough to eat, because apparently $24 is really for one person as the empanada is one small piece and even though we could share the tortilla. Mmmm I think $24 per person is a bit steep to be honest. But we did decide to order an extra empanada $3 and two broccoli croquettes $3.5.

photo 1 [800x600]The tortilla was fantastic actually, it had a dollop of bravas sauce and the tortilla was just set. This is also offered on the breakfast menu for $12 (hopefully a bigger portion!) w salad.

photo 2 [800x600]The braised beef empanada also had sauce, but it was so tiny and dry it just tasted like some deep fried dim sim from a crappy Chinese takeaway.  The broccoli croquette was fantastic though- really creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Delicious!

photo 3 [800x600]The wagyu skirt was awesome.  Beautifully cooked to medium rare, oh so tender so it melts in your mouth.  I know a lot of people don’t like brussels sprouts but thankfully Ness and I loved it and this version, a little bit charred, was perfect.  The pickled turnip cuts through the fattiness of the beef.  I am completely in love with this dish- well done Bar Nacional.

photo 5 [800x600]We had our heart set on desserts and for once- Ness agreed to share 2 desserts with me.  You know how hard it is to get Ness, who never had food envy, to share?!  It was an absolute miracle.  So we had the burnt orange crema catalana with shortbread, and fennel seeds $12.  It was lovely, but I reckon it would be even better without the fennel seeds.

photo 4 [800x600]“This looks like an spider,” Ness commented when this dish was set down in front of us.  “I reckon it looked like worms more :P,” I said.  This, was actually bitter chocolate molton cake, with olive oil, caramel and white chocolate in the middle.  The icecream was the lemon marmlade icecream with bittersweet chocolate twigs.  We were quite full after the first dessert but this was still fabulous.  I reckon I like this dessert more. The lemon marmalade icecream really lifts this very heavy dessert.  I am not a huge fan of the moltony bit in the middle but the chocolate cake, choc twigs and icecream really hits the spot.

If you know what to order this is certainly a good choice in the desert-land of Docklands.  Just someone explain to me about the lunch specials menu please!  7.5/10


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