Meet Paddington's New Tapas Bar, King Tea
Pair Spanish wines with classic snacking dishes — they're even doing a free nibbles happy hour.
June 27, 2017
Don't go asking for a cuppa at Paddington's new hangout. Despite its name, King Tea is all about tapas, not warm brews. Inside the dining hall-like space, visitors will find classic snacking dishes and Spanish wines — and, thanks to its moniker, a dose of local history.
The latest venture from co-owner Dane Huitfeldt, also known for Remy's and Hai Hai Ramen, King Tea references a popular Queensland tea brand that was once advertised all over Brisbane. In fact, one of its signs once adorned the space above 100 Latrobe Terrace, which was then a tea and tobacco bar near the tram depot. Accordingly, when it came to opening a new place at the site, the label struck a chord. "We just liked the idea of a name that didn't try to reflect a particular style of venue and was also a nod to the history of the building, and the local area in general," he explains.
Huitfeldt hopes King Tea will remain a social space in its new iteration. "It's intended to be as comfortable for groups having a large shared meal as it would be for a couple of people having a quick drink and bite on the way home," he says. Currently open evenings from Wednesday to Sunday, the bar is still a work in progress, with the rear of the building still being completed, and plans in the works for the shared laneway with Hai Hai Ramen.
In the interim, eager diners can expect made-to-share servings of croquettes and other tapas staples, as well as a free snack happy hour from 5–6pm every Friday afternoon. Nodding to its Spanish influences, it's the nibbles that are on offer for nothing. Free tapas while you drink Spanish wine — a pretty great incentive to check out the Latrobe newcomer.