Samantha Scott | 13 May 2019

Setting up in Brisbane CBD’s bustling Burnett Lane, El Matador blends the flair of the Spanish tapas bar experience with the charm of Melbourne’s laneway culture to create a uniquely delicious hotspot for dining, drinking, and grabbing life by the horns!

Brought to Brisbane by Leo Castelluccio (of Melbourne venues Cato, Graffiti Club, and Bakers Gallery); Leo’s goal with El Matador is to bring a vibrant, authentic Spanish atmosphere to the charging Burnett Lane precinct.

“I’m so inspired by the way that Melbourne has embraced and nurtured its laneway culture, and I hope we can bring some of that energy and atmosphere to the middle of Brisbane with El Matador,” says Leo.

With its open kitchen, (featuring a striking humidor filled with various jamon and cured meats, and Pira oven direct from Barcelona) food is the main event at El Matador, whether it be a traditional Spanish pastry with coffee, a post-work serve of patatas bravas with a cocktail, or an all-out Iberian feast.

In addition to the expansive main menu, El Matador also serves up breakfast from 7-11 daily, bound to be a boozy affair with a spiced Bloody Mary with Spanish Pimenton, a range of fragrant spritzes and plenty of Cava!

The range of booths, banquettes and bar spaces accommodate up to 80 guests, with contemporary furnishings making El Matador an attractive venue no matter the occasion, while the Burnett Lane location is central while maintaining a sense of exclusivity and exploration!

El Matador is grabbing its interpretation of Spanish dining by the horns, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.

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