After seeing "The Passenger" the other night, with all its scenes of languid drinks in Spanish cafes, naturally I needed to hit a Spanish cafe, and fast. We decided to try the new Spanish wine bar Bodega de Cordova on Fairfax -- I knew they didn't serve much food, so first we fueled up with some tangy squash soup and an ahi tuna burger at M Cafe. The Bodega is hidden in a small storefront across from the Whole Foods driveway, and there's virtually no parking for miles around -- possibly a slight problem unless you live walking distance. They've decorated the space with Spanish posters and corrugated metal, and classical guitar plays in the background. The friendly servers are happy to explain the Spanish wines and give tastes of them, but it took me a few tastes before I found one I liked. The tapas menu is very small, mostly just simple things like olives, almonds, cheese and bread. And of course, with L.A.'s draconian alcohol laws, you can't take your glass of wine to the sidewalk table for even a millisecond.
Verdict: It's a cute place to stop in for a glass of wine after a movie at the Grove, maybe...but it's kind of hard to imagine fitting this into an evening, since you can't get a real meal, and anyone in your party who doesn't want wine is out of luck. I think this type of place might better fit into the lifestyle of New York or Barcelona.