Rundle Street’s new vibrant Latina fusion restaurant, La Taberna, is serving up street food, more than ten different tequilas and dancing.
Head Chefs Rosa and Gaspar Sa, who you may have eaten from at Hortas, Mesa Lunga, Hispanic Mechanic, Mexican Society, and Lady Burra Brewhouse, describe Latina influence as having distinctly Portugese and Spanish origins that have taken their own, slightly differing shapes between different Latin American countries.
La Taberna is offering dishes inspired by street food favourites, designed to share, from across South America. Think tacos, stuffed jalapenos wrapped in speck, cod fish cakes, Rosa’s renowned paella and a secret recipe fried chicken.
The Portugese chefs are passionate about their national cuisine. While the restaurant explores a range of Latina flavours, their home countries are at the core; and they’re inspired to put Portugese flavours on the Mediterranean food map by sharing them with us lucky Adelaidians.
The fusion aspect is integral to the restaurant’s concept. Whilst there are plenty of restaurants in Adelaide specialising in Latina cuisine, this is one of the first to embrace a Latina fusion.
Not only does the menu fuse together different Latina influences, Rosa tells us she has been exploring flavours from Indigenous Australian cooking and is working to create dishes that fuse those influences with the Latina ones she’s known for. We are told there will also be fortnightly specials, so there will always be something new and exciting coming from this kitchen.
Gaspar tells us about the cultural origin of the restaurant’s name, La Taberna, which refers to the place everyone goes after work to eat, drink, and ‘La Fiesta’.
Wine and dine on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 – then watch as the tables disappear, a DJ emerges to spin Latina music and the dining area transforms into a dance-floor.
La Taberna’s curated wine list showcases some of SA’s best wine alongside a few choice Portugese stars. The restaurant is also pouring locally brewed beers and delicious cocktails.
La Taberna is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Check out the restaurant for weekly deals like Taco Tuesday and 1kg chicken wings and a beer for $15 on Wednesdays. While the DJs and dancing will be reserved for weekends, head in on a weekday for a relaxed atmosphere and high quality dining.
La Taberna is located at 281 Rundle Street Adelaide