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Repeat Offender

This new all-day tapas fusion joint is serving up an entirely gluten free menu.
By Ben Hansen
June 30, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
June 30, 2021
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With a healthy dose of South American influence, plenty of bold Latin flavours and a touch of modern Aussie flair, Elwood's new all-day tapas bar has the answer to all those winter cravings you're feeling right now. Setting up shop in a dynamic indoor-outdoor space on Ormond Road, Repeat Offender is a breezy bayside newcomer with an added bonus up its sleeve — the entire food menu is gluten free.

In the kitchen, Mexican Head Chef Adrian Gonzalez is set on shaking some perceptions by offering a new spin on Latin American fare. He's pushing the envelope by fusing flavours from across America with a few international influences and distinctly local twists.

By day, the offering's all about small bites and coffees, enjoyed on the terrace seating overlooking Elsternwick Park. And come dinner, you're in for a feast of lively dishes, kicking off with tapas-style numbers like barramundi tacos ($8), yellowfin tuna ceviche tostadas ($15) and crisp patatas bravas matched with soy aioli and a chilli salsa ($12). Queensland king prawns are covered in garlic, guajillo chilli and micro herbs ($26) , while Sydney rock oysters are paired with a vibrant coriander foam ($4).

Heartier appetites can expect plates like wild-caught kangaroo with pasilla chilli salsa ($26) or free-range chicken teamed with cardamom sweet potato purée and a Peruvian spiced adobo sauce ($24). And yep, there's zero gluten among any of it.

Repeat Offender's drinks offering is every bit as lively, pouring a solid spread of wines from Australia, France and Spain, alongside an expansive selection of agave spirits and other Latin American drops. You'll find an Aussie-led handful of crisp beers, and a strong lineup of cocktails heroing rum and tequila. Treat yourself to a South American holiday by way of a tequilla, Rinquinquin peach aperitif, campari and dried peach creation reminiscent of a negroni ($22), or a frozen margarita with optional chilli ($16).

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