This article originally appeared in the November 2015 Issue: Hosting the Holidays. Read it here!
Ever the optimists: over here at Foodie, it has to be said, we like the name. We also dig the restaurant for its convival atmosphere, carnivorous and piscivorous offerings and delicious wine selection.
El restaurante: A Northern Spanish restauarant with a designer they imported directly from Spain to get that authentic feel and vibe that’s apparent in every element from the tiling and the wood to the plants and the lighting. This high-end eatery is set over three floors with the swish and welcoming bar on the ground floor, an intimate dining room on the second level and the impressive grill up on three.
La comida: The focus is on asador-inspired dishes, which means a grill where all the meat, seafood and vegetables are cooked over hot coals. The grilled octopus was tender and eye-catching while the Txuleta is an on-the-bone Galician rib eye that’ll have you salivating directly onto your plate. Grilled to deliciousness, this was the highlight of our night, and week. The massive whole turbot is a large wowing dish whereas the “broken eggs” is a simple combination of chorizo, eggs, Iberian ham potato and black truffle where the individual flavours of each ingredient make for a powerful and terrific taste. The Mariscada is a seafood tower of epic proportions to quench every fish-filled desire in your body with lobster, prawns, mussles, clams and crab legs served over ice. The apple pie finisher is a delightfully delicious ending that we enjoyed despite our plentiful meal.
El verdicto: This is a great place to go with a group and get your drink on over great flavours and big sharing plates. The food and drinks flow seamlessly and with three floors of dining, it creates several different environments to drink and dine on. The same gents that brought us this year’s popular Italian eatery, Pirata, have hit another win with this classy Spanish joint in the buzzing foodie-haven that is happening on Hennessey Road.
G/F – 2/F, 239 Hennessy Road