The concept behind the new Latin loafer in Port Macquarie is a fusion of Latin American and Spanish food, wine and cocktails.
Nick Diaz and Simon Leigh are excited to see their ideas materialise to create this boutique tapas bar and restaurant. With a perfect location overlooking the sunsets of the Hastings River, Latin Loafer has a unique atmosphere incorporating art, music, wine and great food.
Nick has a strong hospitality background and extensive wine knowledge and has been able to bring some of his own influences to the menu and overall concept of Latin Loafer.
Specialising in Spanish and South American wines, Nick finds that the wines from these regions complement the tapas style of food. Starting off with a basic list and good range, Latin Loafer will be showcasing the more renowned wines such as Carménère from Chile, a French grape varietal that was believed to have been completely wiped out for hundreds of years, until it was rediscovered in Chile and still is one of their largest grown grapes. Other wines include Tempranillo from Spain, and a Torrontes which is only grown in Argentina, a nice floral and aromatic white wine.
“There are so many unknown grape varietals that we would like to bring to the region, which will be a point of difference for us, for people to experience wines they wouldn’t normally get to try.”
The wine is just one of the reasons that Latin Loafer is appealing to so many in Port Macquarie. The menu features tapas that are as authentic to the South American cuisine as possible, and there was a lot of thought put into having a good selection of vegetarian dishes on offer. Simple yet full of flavour, the tapas cuisine is perfect for sharing with a group of friends.
The grilled mushrooms are a big hit, along with the Peruvian spiced potatoes, Kingfish ceviche, grilled octopus, empanadas and you’ll love the Tequila, lime and tabasco granita oysters paired with a glass of Verdejo.
Often catering to large groups, Nick says, “The best way to get the most out of your evening with us is to let our staff take control of the ordering. With such a variety on offer, we put a lot of thought into our service, so that customers can enjoy the food and wine and socialise with friends.”
Another aspect of Latin Loafer is the support for local artists, bringing local flavour and creativity into the outlet. The combination of Latin influence, unique art and vintage touches all add to the vibe of the experience.