Now Open: Bomba

Bomba tapas and rooftop bar on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Aylesbury is no more. Its new incarnation is Bomba. Owners Jesse Gerner and Andrew Fisk envision the venue as a “Spanish worker’s club” which translates to a bounty of tapas on offer. Sitting at the bar with a friend is my preferred way to dine in this style  – ie. eating a little, drinking perhaps a little more than that. However, as we move towards Summer, the rooftop is growing ever more tempting as the place to start working through their citrus-laden list of cocktails spiked with cheeky op-culture references.

Interestingly, the crew at Bomba want to introduce the madrileño style of drinking “vermut” – a.k.a “vermouth” if you didn’t guess – to Melbourne. No longer is the fortified, aromatised wine simply something with which to cut the gin in your martini (though Bomba’s martinis are still very good, especially with a side of lemony olives with a trio of stuffings). There are even rumours of offering vermouth on tap.

When you visit, do promise me you’ll try Fisk’s wessex saddleback pickled pork belly – it’s quietly stunning and tastes nothing like it reads on the menu. Try it alongside a soft French style apertif like a Lillet Rose. Bomba also fixes a mean paella. I’d share the braised duck and pork version (the shards of crispy duck skin hiding among the rice are a bonus) over a cosy bottle of Spanish red.

Find Bomba at 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Bomba tapas and rooftop bar on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Bomba tapas and rooftop bar on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Bomba tapas and rooftop bar on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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