If you are travelling to Miami playa (the one in Spain, Tarragona, not in Florida) you should know about my favorite restaurant.
Miami playa is a beautiful Mediterranean long beach resort in the province of Tarragona (in the South of Catalonia). It is a very well-served destination yet it has kept a traditional and charming Spanish style and even though it can get crowded in summer: Miami playa is still a hidden gem worth visiting on your summer holiday. Indeed, Miami, right by the village called Hospitalet de l’Infant, is served by the main Mediterranean highway (Valencia-Barcelona), by a free-way, by a national road, by train and it is also very close from Reus international airport. So even if you are not staying in Miami itself, I would highly recommend you to spend a beach day there followed by some drinks and dinner at my favorite local restaurant: Sydney.
Well, this restaurant doesn’t sound very Spanish, I agree, but as a Spanish native myself I can guarantee you we don’t always want to name everything after paella, sunshine and sea related names!
My parents have a house in the area, therefore I have been enjoying nice lazy days in Miami playa since I can remember. I have also tried a fair amount of local restaurants with my parents and friends but I always tend to come back to the same one: Sydney restaurant.
To me, this beach-front restaurant in Miami Playa has all you can dream of on your summer holiday!
First of all, the location is unbeatable: Sydney restaurant is inside a typical looking villa on the pretty pedestrian paseo that separates the beach from the villas. So here you are, this is a sea-facing beach restaurant.
Sea views are unspoiled that is why I love having either a cool drink, either a cocktail after an exhausting day on the beach and just before heading back home. The restaurant has a very comfortable terrace and lounge area with, again, great sea-views. They will serve you from an exquisite macchiato (cortado) to a glass of local glass of cava and, of course, nice regional vino. But don’t worry, they also serve tea, juices and sodas! To me, this is the most sophisticated and comfortable beach retreat on Miami playa.
Note that the restaurant is inside what used to be a local’s villa which adds lots of charm to the venue. I adore eating on the terrace, besides they have very pretty and comfortable chairs. But if you are too hot, or too cold, the seating area inside is also enjoyable. The decor is rather chic, sober and minimalist but the huge veranda offers spectacular sea-views (if you book a table, make sure you ask for one by the window)
Food is very important for me and even if location is fundamental, I am quite critical on food as well.
Sydney restaurant focuses on seafood specialties, which is kind of the norm for sea-front traditional Spanish restaurants (not the touristy ones that offer defrosted hamburgers!).
Last year I was so impressed with the food and the presentation at Sydney restaurant that I asked to meet the chef. I have traveled a lot and, lucky me, eaten in some high-end international restaurants and to me, the chef was a bit more skilled than local cooks. Unsurprisingly, the chef and manager had traveled around the world working for renowned chefs. I loved how passionate he was about food and the fact that this is a family-run business (I got to meet the whole team and family which are all lovely hard-working people)
Regarding the menu, if you go during summer time, Sydney always offers a daily menu for those looking for a great value for money deal. For example, last year you could have traditional mussels as a starter, a massive home-made seafood paella for two, desserts, coffees and bread for 25€ (lunch and dinner menu). Even better, during winter season, I enjoyed a 3 courses traditional menu including a glass of wine, 3 courses and bread for 14,50€, a real bargain!
However, I would definitely try the a la carte menu: the seafood is top-notch, the salads very tasty and surprising and the mains of the highest quality. Locals know this restaurant for the quality of the paellas, so don’t hesitate to try on, you won’t be disappointed! However, If you are not too keen on fish, the chef also prepares exquisite meat specialties such pork, lamb and beef.
All desserts are 100% home made so make sure you save some room for a traditional Crema catalana, one of my favorite!
If you go during summer time, you should definitely pop-by one day before or call in order to reserve a table as Sydney restaurant is very popular. It is almost impossible to secure a table during July or August without previous reservation. So just be aware that if the restaurant is very busy, it is normal that the service takes longer than expected. Just keep drinking your Spanish wine.. you are on holiday!
These are my photos from my last visit to Sydney restaurant, I would love you to share your comments and photos below or on the Facebook page!
So, just enjoy the delightful Spanish (well, in this case I should say Catalan) gastronomy with amazing sea-views in a quiet yet vibrant little beach destination!
Buen provecho amigos!