A celebratory dinner at Pintxo Spanish Taperia

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Pintxo Spanish Taperia Croqueta

I had completely forgotten we had signed up for Pintxo Spanish Taperia‘s VIP club, so when October rocked around, the SO received a $30 dining voucher for his birthday and I received a $20 voucher for our wedding anniversary.

Unfortunately October is also one of our busiest months of the year, so we didn’t get around to using our vouchers till almost the end of the month. And we forgot to call in advance to make table reservations. Oops.

We still got a table on the kerbside, but it meant having to speak up over the noise of the traffic and being open to the randoms wandering Brunswick Street, who might have been drunk or zealously friendly. It didn’t bother us too much, since most of them were non-threatening and relatively gracious in their conversation. Next time, we should definitely call ahead.

Suquet de Peix (Catalan fish stew of yellowtail king fish & whole prawns). AUD$30

Service was excellent – staff came out regularly to check in on us, though not enough to be annoying: a delicate balance which the SO and I appreciate. It certainly helps when everyone comes out with a smile.

The SO and I took our time working out what we wanted from their restaurant menu, but staffer Melissa sold us on the special croquetas. I expected them to be small and bite-sized, but these babies (photo above) are huge and full of manchego (cheese aged 60 days to 2 years) and jamón (ham). Slicing the crispy crumbed exterior, you still get the same creamy potato filling with a burst of savoury melty goodness.

But these croquetas were just to whet our appetite. For the main attraction, the SO ordered the eye fillet, and I hmm-ed and err-ed before going with the suquet de peix.

Pan Roasted Eye Fillet (served with roast tomato, potato, green beans & a somontano jus). AUD$32

And it was a good thing too! The kingfish on the very top of the suquet de peix was beautifully cooked and layered with roasted capsicum and potatoes. The prawns were huge and I ended up giving one to the SO, lest I let it go to waste.

Leche Frita (Petite Spanish milk pudding pieces coated in hazelnuts with coffee syrup). AUD$12

These leche fritas are so yummy, yet ridiculously rich! I had to negotiate with the SO to trade pieces of the crunchy crust balls with the milk chocolate coffee beans. I’m much more of a dark chocolate coffee bean fan myself, but I was far too stuffed to fit anything else in.

Pintxo Spanish Taperia are launching their new menu today (1 November 2011) and have already put up some preview photos on their Facebook page.

Just remember to call ahead, eh?

Pintxo Spanish Taperia
561 Brunswick Street
New Farm, QLD 4005
Australia
Tel: +61 7 3333 2231
[email protected]

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