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Old Street, London
301 Cricklewood Broadway, Cricklewood, London NW2 6PG
““HERITAGE” – something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition Small intimate restaurant providing a la carte menu. Suitable for small group bookings. Committed to Caribbean custom, the Rhum Bar and Restaurant now offers a...” more...
12 reviews of Pinchito in English
Flaming cocktails and amazingly good stuffed mushrooms, this is one of a select few tapas places I feel pleasantly satisfied after eating and mooching. Hooray for some meat free tapas! The patatas bravas were cooked properly! And the churros (you'll like these if you have a Homer Simpson response to the word 'doughnut') caused an unrestrained feeding frenzy with orange chocolate dipping sauce. Veggie nibbles and a drink : around £15 a head
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Pinchito Tapas, Old Street has cool music & distressed leather seats. Waitress was sweet & friendly. Passionfruit and vanilla daiquiri was great. The patatas bravas was ok (hard to mess up deep fried potatoes). But what really let it down were the sauces, the aioli had no trace of garlic and the spicy sauce wasn't. The calamari were mostly soft and tender. Generous portion sizes. Deep fried pork belly smothered in a too sweet mango sauce & no black olives -avoid this. Best for drink and snack.
The good: place looks great, distressed leather seats, cool music policy. Waitress was sweet and friendly and my passionfruit and vanilla daiquiri was kick ass The not so good: The food. The patatas bravas was ok (hard to mess up deep fried potatoes). But what really let it down were the sauces, the aioli had no trace of garlic and the spicy sauce wasn't. These things were really need to punch up the flavour a bit. The calamari were mostly soft and tender although with the occasional stringy bit that tried to choke me and the portion sizes were generous. The real miss of the evening was the pork belly smothered in a too sweet mango sauce with none of the advertised black olives to balance the sweetness. Deep frying an already fatty piece of meat is a step too far even for me. Avoid this. I would see this more as a place to come and booze and have a snack rather than somewhere to get a full blown dinner.
All I can say is Yum! about this place. Was lucky enough to go here with a group of 4 so we got to try loads of delicious stuff and everything deserved a devilish grin of belly satisfaction.
My favorites were the pork belly with mango; dates with bacon, hazelnut & cheese; chorizo; and deep fried squid. And finishing it off with churros n chocolate was perfection.
Their cocktails are also delicious... And they make great margaritas if you ask nicely. I can't wait to get there on a Wednesday for Paella night!
PINCHITOtapas has a branch in the east end of London and one in the west. I was really pleased with them – the quality of their traditional tapas as well the taste and creativity with some of the items on their specials menu.
Some dishes include: jamon iberico, warm roasted vegetables, pork belly with mango (off the specials menu), hanger steak and of course garlic prawns.
I thought it was rather splendid. Granted, I wouldn't honestly know authentic Spanish tapas if it sneaked up and tried to chat up my wife, but the food that passed my way here was succulent, fresh and well-prepared. The pork belly with mango was memorable, the deep fried squid excellent and the thick chocolate with churros definitely the beard on the goat.
The waiting staff seem to be afflicted with a rare condition amongst servers in restaurants on these shores: they were pleasant, helpful and happy. They seemed happy, anyway. Also, it is not often that you dine out and get to hear an audible but non-intrusive sountrack of Jah Screetchy's 'Walk and Skank', promptly followed by 'Voodoo Ray' by A Guy Called Gerald; this all helped add a delightful gloss to what was already a marvellous evening.
Probably better suited to an informal dinner (or possibly a late breakfast or lunch) with friends, where you can have the table liberally littered with various tasty dishes, than a serious night out with the family. Mind you, I can safely bring my mum down here as she thinks A Guy Called Gerald is dope; though she's not a big fan of his drum and bass excursions. She's pretty old school like that.
The bar is also open for cocktail quaffers too busy to dine.
This is one of my favourite places - i guess you could say it’s my local Spanish bar! The whole vibe is urban, relaxed, modern yet authentic. They’ve got a great staple tapas menu alongside an ever changing specials board which seem to offer more experimental tapas. But what really rocks is the incredible cocktails…the bar guys know their stuff - dangerously so!
If i haven’t made it in one week, i get serious hankerings for their Padron peppers and a glass of fino at the bar…. small but perfectly formed!
When our 16 strong group rocked up, we were ushered to a stool area where we were told that our birthday entourage couldn’t be accommodated. Birthday boy was a little upset, but they did provide complimentary paella to apologise.
Barcelona-feel, exposed brick work and open kitchen couldn’t disguise the fact that whilst the food was quite good, there are so many kick ass tapas bars in the areas I wouldn’t come back for a second visit. Highlights included the sangria, another sangria and the tomato salsa bread. Otherwise, if you see the neon sign and you’re hungry it’s well worth a visit, but when it comes to quality, this is definitely not in the premier league.
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