eating out: pintxo spanish taperia

A couple of nights ago, we were meeting some friends for a cheap and casual dinner before heading to the movies. We settled on Pintxo Spanish Taperia, partly for the novelty factor of a tapas train and partly because it’s currently Brisbane’s top-rated restaurant on Urbanspoon.

In many ways, it was the same as the more traditional sushi train – a selection of cold tapas went around on the train while hot tapas were made to order. Each tapas came on a coloured plate to signify its price and you could eat as much or as little as you liked.

To get the party started, we ordered a litre jug of red sangria to share and despite lacking the traditional chunks of fruit, it was fantastic. I was designated driver so I only indulged in one glass but it was so good I wished I could’ve had more.

The food, on the other hand, was slightly underwhelming. I know this was intended to be a cheap meal (which it was at about $15 a head for food) but I just felt it was a little lacking in flavour. My favourite dishes were the béchamel and potato croquettas and the mini chorizo sausage served with caramelised onions. When ordering, bear in mind that serving sizes are quite small (generally comprising only two of each item) but I found the food to be quite filling. As a guide, we shared 14 plates between the four of us.

I’d recommend Pintxo’s tapas train as a good spot for sangria and a snack but maybe try the table-service taperia part of the restaurant for a proper dinner.

Pintxo Spanish Taperia on UrbanspoonWhere to find it: 561 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Where to find it online: www.pinxto.com

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