Garcia and Son
Spain Comes to Windsor, And Sets Up Right by the Train Station
It’s Friday – where are you heading for dinner?
The Garcia men boast three generations in the Melbourne restaurant business, with the legacy handed down from Pepe Garcia, co-founder of former institution Maxims. Now, Pepe’s son John and grandson Nick have recently opened Garcia and Son, hidden away down Maddock Street in Windsor – just the way they like it. “Melbournians love laneways and hidden places,” says Nick, “so this out-of-the-way location is perfect.”
Getting the location authentically Melbourne was their first challenge. But their greatest goal is to ensure the menu and style of the restaurant is as authentically Spanish and as true to their Catalan roots as possible. “Tapas is so often misrepresented in Melbourne as any small dish to share,” says John. “We make authentic tapas, predominantly found in Madrid and Barcelona.”
John and Nick designed the menu themselves and are constantly evolving it with the collaboration of their head chefs Jeremy Stubbs (formerly of Florentino) and Catalan-born Manuel Villegas. Favourite dishes have already emerged as the huevos muijol (caviar toast with a quail’s egg), almejas con jamón (clams sautéed with ham, garlic and sherry) and seafood cannelloni.
The small restaurant is as much bar as it is restaurant and this is because patrons are encouraged to come and have a drink and/or tapas at the counter, just as the Spaniards do it. Then, to really authenticate the experience, enjoy a cold Estrella Galicia beer on tap and be sure to eat as much jamón and mariscos as humanly possible, in bite-sized pieces of course.
Where: 20/2 Maddock Street, Windsor
Get me in: 03 90785007
Hours: Tues – Saturday, 5pm ‘til late
(Due to open for lunch also by early March)