La Boqueria

  17 3rd Ave, Parktown North      +27 11 325 0011     more than a year ago
Named after Barcelona's fresh food market La Boqueria, and one of the world's great food attractions, this Parktown North restaurant is tapas heaven. It's also an instagrammers delight – with a giant mural of a sexy Spanish matadoras looking at you as you enter, an eclectic but incredibly tasteful array of mid-century modern furniture, and pops of fresh greenery hanging from the ceiling plus an impressive bar counter. It all contributes to a lively atmosphere – along with the added attraction of a spacious and pretty terrace.
The warm and inviting dining room at La Boqueria

The menu is filled with tapas dishes inspired by La Boqueria's famous fast casual offerings, much of it prepared traditionally over sizzling coals or in a wood-fired oven. With this being a tapas joint we recommend bringing a crowd and sharing some plates so you get to try more dishes. 
Assorted tacos and Cordera Empanada (lamb) from La Boqueria in Parktown North

We recommend the tacos. We tasted most of the options at our last visit and can confirm they're delicious. Our favourite – the grilled tequila lime chicken taco. We also recommend the Spanish Salchichon Roja flatbread made with sausage, red onion, cheddar cheese and salsa roja. As for the cordera empanada – lamb mince mixed with leeks, celery, carrots and tomato puree, folded in a baked corn dough, on a red pepper crema bed and dressed with tequila onions – we suggest this is the one you don't share. 

The larger mains (only on the dinner menu) offer an array of dishes cooked over coals, and if you are keen on a more shared food experience check out the Festejar options of sharing (or 'feasting' as they put it) paellas portioned for two to three people.
Chocolate Nemesis dessert from La Boqueria in Parktown North

If you have room for dessert, we recommend the decadent Chocolate Nemesis (pictured above) or the Drunken Crema with honey and whiskey cream, granadilla custard, and almond praline. 

All in all this is a fun and friendly dining experience in warm surroundings that benefits from attentive service. We doff our hats to the La Boqueria wait staff who bring an extra sparkle. Friendly, polite and highly knowledgable (our waitress Maureen could explain the entire menu inside out, and especially helpful if you are new to Spanish cuisine) they are almost guaranteed to  provide the kind of service that will give you an added reason to return.

* We were invited to dine by the restaurant. Views expressed in this review are our own.


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Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Live Music
Guarded parking



Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:00–22:00, Sat 11:00–22:00, Sun 11:00–18:00, Closed Mon.

Price/Additional Info

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