For the tapas folk who have hopped on and are riding the tapas wave that is spreading like fever across London, Pinchito’s menu doesn’t quite excite especially if you’re looking for more ‘pinchitos’ on the menu. The atmosphere fits in with the East (central) London scene; low lit, grungy, arty with a large Spanish flag over the bar cementing their allegiance. And with a spot on Featherstone Street (near Old Street), you’ll find the usual office crowd in the evenings who pop in post a days work for a sociable platter or two and a tipple.
I would have thought that with such a name there would be a considerable number of ‘pinchitos’ or ‘pinchos’ to choose from but sadly, that was not to be. Instead, you find the usual menu of vegetarian, meat, seafood and sweet tapas options with a couple of pinchitos thrown in for good measure. But with dishes such as ‘patatas bravas with aliolo sauce’, ‘baby eels with garlic’, ‘hanger steak with paprika alioli’, ‘garlic chicken skewers (Pinchitos)’ and ‘chocolate churros’ on the menu, you’ll find it hard to complain about choices. The cocktail menu could be the winner at the restaurant with plenty of exotically named drinks to choose from such as ‘Pura Raza Manhattan’, ‘coffee caleta blazer’, ‘blood and sand’ and the ‘Francavilla Martini’; each designed to fit in with the tapas scene and served in small glasses you could wrap a finger around.
The service was a little shoddy, the food took time arriving and when it finally did, it turned out that one of the tapas was not going to make it and we had to remind them again that we had ordered it.
Would I recommend this? If you’re in the neighborhood, then yes. If not, I wouldn’t go out of my way to drop in for a visit.
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