Meigas tapas; Spanish meatballs in almond sauce
In the short time Jose’ Fernandez has been serving his authentic Spanish fare in Ballarat, since September 2013, he has amassed a large following and we have been patiently waiting since late 2015 for the new Meigas establishment to open. We are thrilled that the wait is over and we are now able to enjoy tapas and a wide variety of Spanish beer and wine in a very stylish and relaxing setting located at 33 Armstrong Street north, Ballarat.
Meigas Spanish restaurant located in Armstrong Street north Ballarat
In what must have been an enormous undertaking, Jose’ and his team have completely refitted the location to create a truly Spanish Tapas Bar setting, replete with original wooden ceilings, exposed walls and cured meats hanging above the bar. One can dine at the tables or alternatively sit at the bar or at the bench in the window to enjoy a drink with tapas or coffee and churros.
Meigas staff Darcy and Kloe-Jayne
Meigas Spanish restaurant is one of the highest rated Ballarat eateries on Zomato, currently rating 4.3 out of 5 with over 245 reviews. This is quite a feat. It speaks of a consistent quality offering, the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in Ballarat. In fact many diners make the trip regularly from Melbourne to dine at Meigas, its just so good.
Spanish potato tapas
Fans of the original Meigas menu will not be disappointed as all the traditional favourites are still on offer, the giant, crunchy and fresh brocadillos for lunch with your choice of filling from jamon, pork, chorizo, calamari…the list goes on. The tapas favourites include almond meatballs, mushrooms in sherry, tasty prawns, croquettes, paprika potatoes and the best quality cured meats, olives and aged cheeses you will find in our region. There’s plenty of meal sized options on the menu but Jose’s paella is a must for anyone planning a trip for dinner, but you must order your paella when you make your booking. You will understand why when you are served, it’s just so special.
Jose’ has a specials menu where he offers seasonal dishes and a variety of seafood dishes. He also supports the quality fine food producers of Ballarat including bread from Le Petit Patissier and a great variety of Country Style Smallgoods range. There’s also options for gluten free and vegan diets.
Gummy shark tapas
The drinks menu is brilliant. It has evolved to an offering of delightful Spanish beers and wines. If you after something refreshing you can order Sangria by the glass, which I did. It was divine. The waiting staff are fantastic, knowledgable and efficient. A highlight always when we are served by Jose’, welcoming us with a big smile and some tasty morsels to try. This time it was three year aged jamon. The sweetest tasting jamon we ever tried. Of course we ordered a second plate.
Three year aged jamon
After dining at Meigas many times I think about what exactly it is, that makes the Meigas dining experience so good. After all many of the key ingredients are staples, bread, meat, potatoes. I think it is the traditional time honoured techniques Jose’ uses to prepare the freshest and best quality food he can source. You can taste it. It’s a respectful approach to food with such full bodied flavour and delightful texture. And then there’s Pimenton.
A Spanish staple ingredient - pimenton
Quality paprika, or as the Spanish call it Pimenton, one of the essential ingredients in Spanish cooking. I bought a large tin from Jose’ (the supermarket offerings do not compare) I use it in most savoury dishes I prepare in my own kitchen. Thank you Jose’ for bringing your magical culinary powers to our fair city.
Meigas are open Tues-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 11am-3pm. It is highly recommended you call to make a booking to avoid disapointment, 5331 9444.