Restaurant Review

A bite-sized review of Cape Town's cool tapas bar, Pintxos

The menu of this new bar takes its cue from the cuisine of northern Spain

19 May 2019 - 00:00 By Staff Reporter


Pintxos (pronounced peen-chos) are small bites of northern Spanish deliciousness. This Basque cuisine originated in San Sebastian, and is the region's answer to the more common tapas of Spain.
Typically consumed in the early evening after work, pintxos are small, tasty bites of food served on bread, using traditional ingredients like fish, cheese, olives and meat. Expect combinations such as tuna remoulade with sliced black olives; cream cheese & aioli with anchovy & basil pesto; and prawn with boiled egg and salmon roe.
Variations include small bowls of octopus and marinated peppers, skewers of meat, and those tasty mouthfuls, crispy croquettes, with two different fillings. And what's tapas without jamón serrano sliced off the bone?
These tasty nibbles cost R15 to R50 each. Savoured with a selection of South African wines and local craft beers, this is not quite the complete Spanish package, but it comes pretty close.
• 199 Bree Street, Cape Town. Tel: 021-422-0567. Open Monday-Saturday

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