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Capitan Torres

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73 Liverpool St.  just past the cinema strip on George St., near Town Hall  Phone 02/9264 5574

Cuisine Type: Spanish  Transportation: CityRail: Town Hall  Prices: Main courses A$16.50-$19 (U.S.$11.55-$13.30); tapas A$5-$9 (U.S.$3.50-$6.30)  Hours: Daily noon-3pm; Mon-Sat 6-11 pm, Sun 6-10pm.  Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, JCB, MC, V

Sydney's Spanish quarter, based on Liverpool Street (a 10-minute walk from Town Hall station and just past Sydney's main cinema strip) offers some great restaurants, of which Capitan Torres is my favorite. Downstairs is a tapas bar with traditional stools, Spanish serving staff, and lots of authentic dark oak. Upstairs on two floors is a fabulous restaurant with heavy wooden tables and chairs and an atmosphere thick with sangria and regional food. The garlic prawns are incredible, and the whole snapper a memorable experience. The tapas are better, though, at Asturiana (02/9264 1010), another Spanish restaurant a couple of doors down on the same street.

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