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Spanish Flavours


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Rosa Jamon

** Update **

Rosa and Spanish Flavours have finally moved to their new location at the top end of Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn. They are no longer in the Wembley Food Court. The new premises has the deli section as before with chorizo, jamon, and cheeses, and then on the other side is a cafe where they’ll be serving coffee, churros and breakfasts.

New location is 413 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn (or close to it, look for the Spanish flag coloured building).

I’ve been telling everyone I know about Spanish Flavours since the first time I found about it myself. It is the only (to my knowledge) Spanish providore in Perth, and more importantly, the only one run by Rosa, the dynamo proprietor and doyen of all things Spanish.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a home cook or an award winning chef who’s been running restaurants for years. Rosa will tell you how it’s done. Her cheeky smile and attitude are what fills the humble little store with life and makes it something special. Just ask a few stupid questions (like I do every time), then sit back and wait to be educated.

Rosa’s chorizo is used all over Perth by the most discerning chefs. You’ll find it on the menu at Cantina with her name attached in homage. I really can’t quite say just how much I love it. There was a phase not so long ago where I think I lived on it for the better part of a few weeks. I’d put it in omelettes, paella, risotto, pasta, grilled, fried in red wine, fried in cider, fried in it’s own luscious fat and juices. Friends and late night visitors to my place will attest to just how satisfying it is to mop up a bowl of Roas’s fried chorizo with a thick piece of bread smothered in butter.

flaming chorizo

Aisde from chorizo, her’s is also the best place to find jamon iberico, jamon serrano, manchego cheese, a delicious goats cheese that the name of which escapes me, quince paste, guava paste, saffron, tortilla flour, smoked paprika, paella pans, cazuelas, paella rice (calasparra), and everything else you need to make your next Spanish dish as authentic as possible.

Also, *plug plug plug* if you’d like to know a little more about the delightful lady that is Rosa and her possible links to the world of gypsy magic and mind reading, check out my article in the latest edition of Spice Magazine, which aside from what I scribble down on napkins and throw at Anthony to print, is a rather quality publication with fantastic local content.

Rosa was kind enough to donate some of her time doing what she loves best (talking) so I could put together a little story about the shop, where she’s come from, and where she’s going.

Spanish Flavours
413 Oxford St
Mt Hawthorn
(08) 9284 1313 (unless it’s changed)

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23 Responses to “Spanish Flavours” (9,575 views)

  1. What a fantastic find and great looking little shop. Love it.

    September 4, 2009 at 11:17 am Reply
  2. Sylvia

    Rosa is lovely, isn’t she? I missed seeing her smile.

    September 6, 2009 at 12:34 pm Reply
  3. You have such an amazing gift for expressive photography… I really enjoy your photos. Keep ‘em coming!

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

    September 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm Reply
  4. Hey Silvia, did you not get smile, or did has it just been a while since you’ve been in ? Just seen the new Spice Mag come out now and I’m quite happy with how the photo turned out in print, very Rosa.

    Dan, thanks for the kind words. I do my best to capture what I see. Glad you enjoy it.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:45 am Reply
  5. Brad

    Matt, nice one as usual.

    I would have appreciated seeing a shot of you sans eyebrows though after the flambé shot.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Brad, considering I was behind the camera, no eyebrows of mine were harmed during the making of that photo. However most of my arm hairs did slowly disappear that day. Personally I think that burnt hair smell adds character to any meal.

      September 9, 2009 at 9:41 am Reply
  6. Sylvia

    Hi Matt

    Its been awhile since I’ve seen Rosa. Work used to be just around the corner & I frequent the food court.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm Reply
  7. What a delightful little shop. She seems like such a character.

    Now that chorizo, it’s worth going to war over.

    September 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm Reply
  8. Max

    Ah, so this is the Rosa who supplies chorizo to Cantina. Thanks for the heads up mate! I’m with you, her chorizo is just whole ‘nother level. Juicy, smoky and tied off into perfectly sized links. Will swing past Wembley and check her out.

    September 11, 2009 at 7:32 am Reply
  9. pei

    can you PLEASE remind me to go to this place the next time u see me? considering i am now working on cambridge st it seems kinda careless of me to not have paid a visit to this wonderful looking shop!

    September 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm Reply
  10. LindaS

    Visited this weekend – is it too much to say that chorizo changed my life? No? Seriously that chorizo changed my life!

    September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm Reply
  11. You made my mouth water! How delightful! Thank you for sharing this experience!

    September 29, 2009 at 2:27 am Reply
  12. Cin

    I was flicking through Spice Magazine just 3 days ago when I saw your article. Are you a regular contributor?

    October 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm Reply
  13. I am indeed a regular contributor Cin, have been so for the last 5 editions or so, and hopefully for many more to come :)

    October 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm Reply
  14. Kate

    One word: bacalao.

    October 6, 2009 at 6:59 am Reply
  15. Hi Matt,
    i think i met you once through PiP:)

    you’ll be happy to know that your article is top of the list of google results for spanish flavours wembley :)

    love the pics!

    cheers,
    byrnie

    January 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm Reply
  16. Adriana

    Hi, some one knows which one is the Spanish Flavour new adress?

    February 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm Reply
  17. There is no new address. Spanish Flavours it still at the same location in Wembley. They have been in negotiations to move to a location on Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn for a long time, but at this stage, have not gone anywhere.

    Address is still:
    Shop 17/ 350 Cambridge St
    Wembley
    (08) 9284 1313

    February 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm Reply
  18. Adriana

    Thank you very much Matt.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm Reply
  19. Mr shakey

    Your site isn’t mobile friendly.

    Some love to the mobile foodies please

    May 22, 2010 at 9:59 am Reply
  20. Helen

    Hi
    Does anyone know,where in Perth or online that I could buy at least a 55cm Garcima Polished Steel paella pan,please ?

    October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply

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