Añada Bar and Restaurant opened its doors in February 2008 with Jesse and Vanessa Gerner at the helm. Largely influenced by their travels throughout Europe and North Africa, the culinary couple set up shop on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy to serve a tapas menu largely influenced by the peasant food of Andalusia, Southern Spain and the flavours of the Muslim Mediterranean.
In the years since its opening, Añada has grown to be known as a neighbourhood staple, offering a menu that pairs authentic Spanish foods with an extensive wine and sherry list. The warm, intimate atmosphere is complemented by knowledgeable, friendly service.
Jesse & Vanessa Gerner, Founders
A regular visitor to Spain, Jesse has cooked in some of its finest restaurants. Whether cooking alongside the chef at Barcelona’s Michelin-starred wine bar Monvinic or celebrating 150 years of culinary heritage with the ancient Mutriku Gastronomic Society near San Sebastian, Jesse has honed his Spanish cooking techniques from the best chefs in Spain.
The couple’s hands-on approach to all of their businesses means their influence extends from the kitchen to the floor to the décor of each of their restaurants. They highly value green efforts and community outreach, and champion local farmers, producers and provideurs as often as possible.
DYLAN FORTE, CHEF
Dylan Forte is a Melbourne born and bred chef who focuses on the simplicity of quality ingredients and dishes from across Spain. As head chef at Añada, he highlights the rustic and comforting Spanish fare that demands repeat visits.
Growing up as a third generation Italian-Australian, the indelible force of food enveloped Dylan from a young age. Food as the centre point of the family experience eventually lead Dylan to some of Melbourne’s best kitchens including top Spanish restaurants, Movida and our sister venue, Bomba. Years working alongside Jesse Gerner and former Añada head chef, Andrew Fisk, have driven his love of Spanish food, and inspired the creativity to reinterpret classic dishes.
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