NOT: De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne Hot or Not review

De Los Santos is an old Fitzroy stalwart, back before the days Spanish food became the hippest cuisine in town.

Frankly, I don’t think it’s the best Spanish food in the city – that award goes to MoVida Aqui (and the other MoVidas). The ambience is pleasant inside the quiet, dark dining room, the food varies from great to passable and on a Monday night the service was a bit scatter-brained and we had to gesture several times for various things in a half-empty space.

I don’t know whether it was our particular menu choices but we seemed to eat a procession of fried tapas during the night. From memory the menu did seem to include a lot of fried stuff. This is cheating in my view – everything tastes better fried.

De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne Hot or Not review

We started off with some heavily battered zucchini flowers ($14 for 4), flaky beef empanadas ($12 for 3), a bowl of garlicky prawns in sherry butter sauce ($16); some delicious pan fried potato herb and cheese dumplings with toasted pine nuts and raisins ($12) and slices of rather chewy wagyu bistec served with some unattractive lumpen roasted garlic puree ($14).

De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne Hot or Not review

Still hungry, the four of us continued onto a great tomato, spinach, goat’s cheese and avocado quesadilla ($13 for 4), more fried ham croquettes ($12 for 4) and slices of moist tortilla served with a thick garlicky aoli ($11) – probably one tapa too many.

De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne Hot or Not review

Overall De Los Santos isn’t bad, and our bill came to around $25 a head. But it gets a NOT because it’s just not so good that I’d be hurrying back, and there are lots of places in Brunswick Street vying for my custom. In fact, next time I’d just as rather go to Vegie Bar.

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8 thoughts on “NOT: De Los Santos, 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

  1. I didn’t mind De Los Santos, apart from the fact that our rice balls (arancini? What do the Spanish all arancini?) came out cold in the middle and we had to send them back. But yes, there are definitely better eats to be had in Brunswick Street. Umago’s a few doors down is even better.
    .-= Billy┬┤s last blog ..Malina’s at Aspasia Resort =-.

  2. Finally someone who see’s it’s not that great, have always read good reviews went twice for myself and disliked both times. I was starting to wonder if I missed something. Food did nothing for me, but I must admit before it was impossible to get in I went to movida 3-4 times a month, I wouldn’t even compare the food. Wine list is very average as well. For Spanish in fitzroy, anada is the go. It’s my new Movida!

    • Hi Ben

      I love Anada too! And I think the food is comparable to MoVida (and cheaper). Definitely not returning to De Los Santos, a shame because I used to like it about 5 years ago.

      Jetsetting Joyce

    • Hi Bear

      I actually quite liked De Los Santos on my previous visit about five years ago, and evidently it is still doing something right for people as it’s still in business. But yes, I agree with you it’s not really so great compared with a lot of other options nearby.

      Jetsetting Joyce

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