by JENNY D’ANGER
I’D died and gone to foodie heaven. But why was everyone speaking Spanish?
“Ola!” my taste buds cried, and Newcastle Street slipped back into focus and I realised I was sitting at Pinchos, in Leederville.
It’s Spanish for little sticks, and this amazing tapas has them skewering a variety of dishes.
Well-priced and authentic tapas is something Hispanophile owner Justin Bell, of Jus Burgers, prides himself on.
And the menu starts with the para picar selection (Spanish for “to pick”), a mix of tiny dishes, at amazingly small prices such as chorizo with honey and cheese ($3).
I’m not a fan of anchovy on pizzas but Pinchos’ pinto gilda ($1) is a dainty white morsel, skewered to half an olive, and the soft, un-salty, flesh melted in the mouth, leaving me wishing I’d ordered more.
My lunch companion and I nibbled on some delicious smoked almonds ($3) and sipped a Spanish dry white in anticipation of an endless parade of dishes ordered by ticking boxes on the menu, which was then collected by our ever-so helpful waiter.
The remolacha y garbanzos ($9) was next to arrive, a generous bowl of beetroot, chickpeas, apple, fennel and radish with a magnificent dressing of yoghurt, honey and dukkah. Which went perfectly with the grilled tomato bread, ($4).
We skipped the embutidos (cured meat) selection, but meat lovers at the next table were stoked with their grilled pork sausage, with garlic and paprika ($9), and the pate ($8) looked smooth and creamy as it quickly disappeared.
As did the brochetta de gambas ($9.90) on our table. The flame-grilled prawns tender, and the tomato salsa smothering them just the shot.
A dish of patatas bravas ($8) took potatoes to new heights, chunky pieces smothered in garlic, rosemary, house-made tomato sauce and aioli.
Saving the best for last the bienmesabe fish with stuffed squid ($19) really was to die for.
A generous serve of spice-infused fish sat atop a delicious salad, but the absolute piece de resistance was the small squid, stuffed with fig paste and basted with a balsamic reduction.
And even better, my mate doesn’t like squid, so I got to eat both. Oh, the joy.
I’d like to say we tried the magnificent-looking poached pear tart ($11), but while I would have happily tackled another dainty squid, a huge slice of tart would have ended me.
So we headed off our taste buds doing a flamenco and crying “fantastico! fantastico!” all the way home.
749 Newcastle St, Leederville
open Sun and Mon 11.30am–9pm,