A culinary tour of Spanish flavours

Spain is a veritable hotbed of culinary treasures. Surrounded by water on three sides and with rich soil that lends itself to farming, it boasts one of the most varied food landscapes in the world. From the highest mountains to the most rugged coastlines, every setting provides the foundations for a taste explosion. Food is deeply intertwined in Spain’s national identity – conjure visions of Spanish life and the first things that likely spring to mind are visions of balmy nights spent alfresco talking animatedly with friends while enjoying tapas, those tiny plates of treats served with every drink at a bar.

With this in mind, the menu at Cone Club – our relaxed dining destination – has been designed around a multitude of Spanish influences. Infused with the spirited heart of the motherland, each plate is testament to the delicious ingredients born and bred in the country. Spanning north, south, east, and west – and of course, much further afield – it’s a love letter to a culture centred around friends, family, good times, and most importantly, food. Because eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures and in Spain, that ethos is never far from anyone’s mind – whether you were born here, decided to settle here, or are just passing through on your travels.

"the menu at Cone club is a love letter to a culture centered around friends, family, good times and most importantly, food."

Nevertheless, the landscape alone can’t take all the credit for the intricacies of Spanish cuisine. Over the centuries, a series of settlers have left their mark on the country’s gastronomic history. From the Phoenicians and the Greeks to the Romans and the Carthaginians, and perhaps the most influential of all, the Moors, Spanish food is now an amalgamation of a multitude of differing flavours and techniques. In fact, the types of food considered classically Spanish embody a distinctly international essence – one that draws from all corners of the globe.

This is highly visible on the Cone Club Sunset Tapas menu. Featuring small plates like the fiercely guarded Spanish favourite Iberico ham, made from the meat of black hoofed Spanish pigs fed only on acorns to patatas bravas, also known as, fried white potatoes served in a spicy tomato sauce, and croquetas – those heavenly little bites of ham and bechamel sauce fried in breadcrumbs until crispy, that once originated from France. Dishes including Menorcan cured Mahón cheese and Cantabrico anchovies – considered the best in the world – and a daily tapa special also feature.

"our sunset tapas menu features all the spanish favourites from iberico ham to croquetas and patatas bravas to cured menorcan cheese."

The remainder of the menu is full to bursting with traditional Spanish dishes that have foundations rooted in foreign lands. Take the Bonito del Norte, for instance. An escabeche of Spanish white tuna served with vinaigrette, this dish originates in Persia and was brought to Spain by the Moors. Marinated and cooked in an acidic mixture of vinegar, honey and pimenton (Spanish paprika), the popularity of this particular dish has spread all over the world, reaching South America, the Philippines, Portugal and France, and yet in remains distinctly Spanish in character. The King crab, meanwhile, is served with guacamole, vermouth blood orange granite and salmorejo, a tomato, bread and garlic purée originating from Cordoba in southern Spain.

Fans of seafood can revel in Spain’s reputation for some of the most delicious on the planet. There’s octopus on the grill, for example, served with piperade and Espelette croutons – a dish typical to the Basque region prepared with onion, green peppers, tomatoes and red Espelette peppers and ‘all i pebre’ espuma, a foam of eel chunks and potatoes originating from the Valencia region. And naturally, traditional Spanish rice with seafood is also available, this time with the head chef’s special caramelised rice twist, albeit with its Valencian and Moorish roots still intact.

"While the Cone Club menu is primarily an ode to the enduring delights of Spanish cuisine, there’s also appreciation shown for the country’s fellow Mediterranean neighbours."

There’s a slew of additional dishes that all demonstrate a nod to the particular prowess of Spanish produce. Think crunchy goat cheese served with Ibicenco sobrasada (sausage) and citrus sabayon; Ibicenco free range chicken with poached and roasted chicken supreme, and pimiento à la Basquaise; Oxtail canneloni gratinated with Balearic cheese and served with Pedro Ximenez reduction; and Spanish beef sirloin served with glazed endives. Traditional Padron peppers and steamed local and seasonal vegetables are also available as mouth-watering sides. Even the desserts hint at the island’s fecund nature – try the Almond Panna Cotta to taste the sweet deliciousness of Ibiza’s famous almonds.

While the Cone Club menu is primarily an ode to the enduring delights of Spanish cuisine, there’s also appreciation shown for the country’s fellow Mediterranean neighbours. Nibble on Greek feta, featuring Spanish wild herbs, young romaine, pomegranate and pickled cucumber, served with crispy spiced pita; Italian buffalo Burrata and a confit of fresh tomatoes, with basil caviar; and last but not least, the Cone Club Cold Mezzeh, featuring hummus, black olive and truffle labneh, fattoush salad and pita bread. A whirlwind of local flavours enhanced by a flurry of international flair, at Cone Club the true brilliance of Spanish cuisine is laid out on the plate. Tuck in on the outside terrace as the sun goes down, and you’ll soon discover the unique appeal of laid-back, Spanish life.

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