Modern Spanish dining in the ambient surrounds of an historic stone building in the heart of Dubbo.
There's no mystery about how Two Doors got its name. Twin arched doorways in a brick façade offer an alluring glimpse down the stairs to a fairy light-bedecked courtyard where warm blankets are strewn over rustic furniture, awaiting diners keen on sampling traditional Spanish tapas.
It was late winter during our visit, so we opted for an inside table and followed our waitress to one of several cosy nooks in this old stone cottage; the exposed masonry and low ceilings aglow in the ambient light.
Whether indecisive or indiscriminate, tapas are a wonderful way for food lovers to eat; small portions of dozens of different dishes to share around the table, rather than simply ordering an entrée and a main.
When the menu is as tempting as that at Two Doors, it’s a very good thing indeed. The seasonal menu is broken down according to the origin of the protein: ‘From the Sea’ and ‘From the Land’. There are also menus for ‘Snacks’ – we treated that as ‘Starters’ – Shared Antipasto Boards, Kids and Dessert.
Standouts from the snacks were the oven-baked camembert with white wine, garlic and rosemary, and beef and chorizo meatballs with roast capsicum sauce. It’s a personal policy never to overlook crispy potato skins, so we added deep fried skins with Two Doors’ special spice and herb and tomato sauce. We weren’t sorry.
From there, we plunged into the deep blue sea with paella – no Spanish dining experience is complete without it. Served with tiger prawns, vongole (baby clams), green mussels, peas and spicy chorizo, this love letter to the ocean was fresh, zesty and delicious. We also couldn’t go past the soft-shelled crab taco, served with a lemon caper and herb salad, and the oven-baked scallops with crispy pancetta and red pepper oil.
Back on terra firma, who could ignore the caramelised pork belly with mixed herbs? Sticky and delicious, this generous portion had perfectly crispy crackling and a thick caramel sauce. The spice-rubbed chicken breast with mild chorizo, roasted chickpeas and a sweet pedro sherry sauce felt decidedly Mediterranean, while the duck confit with pistachio and fennel salad in orange and lemon dressing was delicate and fresh.
By this point, as I’m sure you can appreciate, we were full to the brim. But would that stop us ordering churros? Never! House made and served with rich dark chocolate ganache, the Spanish doughnuts sent us into blissful food comas.
What an amazing spread, tastefully presented and served by friendly, welcoming staff. Sure to impress even the most discerning foodie, Two Doors is the place to go for a special dinner date in Dubbo.
Two Doors Tapas and Wine Bar located at 215 Macquarie St, Dubbo, NSW.