Even in the Spanish / Latin American region of Johnston Street, Kanela is very Spanish indeed. Spanish customers served by Spanish staff sip Spanish beer and sangria, munch on tapas and watch flamenco. The atmosphere welcomes all however, with warm red walls and orange lighting.
I slouch there, time slips and slides, attentive waitpersons bring Estrella. I realise the futility of timepieces in such a place. Tapas arrive - sardinas, certainly. The dali-esque light fittings, themselves worth visiting Kanela to see, hint and promise at flowing skirts. Get there early - about two hours early and you will have the complete experience. Young and mid-30s women and men, the students from the flamenco school, the local Spanish gentlepersons .. we are all there for the perfection in everything, the unwavering hospitality, the food, the margaritas. In the dozen times I have visited, I feel yet more at home than I ever thought possible. The dancing starts... Hours later, I promise yet again to return.
The service is exceptional, the food is the best tapas imaginable. The dancing, world class. A special experience that no-one I know of yet has not raved about. Where's the five-star button on this page?....
Joe Austin-Crowe, Fitzroy, 11/03
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Kanela / Link to this page: https://www.partystar.com.au/venue/1028/
2/430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 535 010