Kanela Melbourne’s only flamenco restaurant-tapas bar that is dedicated to the art of flamenco is run by the family of two of the countries leading flamenco artists, Richard Tedesco and brother Johnny Tedesco. It has become an institution among local flamenco aficionados , International touring companies (Fura del Baus, Bolero Flamenco), and Australian celebrities (Kate Cerbrano, The Cat “Sol y Sombra” Empire) for its quality of performances.
Kanela boasts a myriad of sensational tapas served to the visual splendour of fiery flamenco dancers. Regular performances by the 'Arte Kanela' guarantee the spice isn't reserved for just the cooking. The combination of great Spanish tapas/raciones and that always humorous hospitality, Kanela is undoubtedly one of the city’s most important and dynamic venues.
Situated in the Spanish quarter of Melbourne, often brimming with a bustling vibe indulging on the traditional style of Spanish cooking, whilst being mesmerised by live flamenco performances; with regular guest performers from Spain, Kanela
offers a truly intoxicating and unique dining journey! From Thursday to Saturday the group 'Arte Kanela' perform live flamenco shows.
Kanela weeknights are the ideal time to tantalise your curiosity of all things Spanish. With the Flamenco Performing Arts Studio up stairs moulding potential flamenco dancers and musicians, there is always a presence of the spirit of creation, a power not a work, a struggle not a thought, all of which goes down ever so beautifully with a bottle of Marques Cacares and a selection of tapas..
Kanela has been featured on television programs such as Getaway, Postcards, dancing with the stars and television program in Spain, Madrileños por el mundo!
"LIVE flamenco is the attraction at this bar in the heart of Melbourne's Little Spain. Every weekend (and occasionally earlier in the week) virtuoso musicians take to the stage , Flamenco dancers don their hard sole shoes and perform before packed houses at Kanela... It's absolutely amazing" The Age Cheap Eats 2004"