It didn’t matter what time of the day you get to Pinchitos Tapas restaurant in Old Street, London, it was a culinary occasion. In fact, the only thing you needed to worry about up until it’s close was getting a table. Even at lunch time was worth booking in advance. Especially on a sunny day in the city as everyone in the area descended on the little tapas restaurant for its impressive little dishes.
It didn’t necessarily look all that special from the outside with its classic tapas style Spanish restaurant charm and a big, square central bar. It had a few cleverly crafted rough edges to give it a bit of the shabby chic appeal, but by far the most important thing to consider is that the food was delicious, making it pretty sad that the venue is now closed.
Every dish tasted like it was prepared with love, an in-depth knowledge of Spanish cuisine and a little flare to make tapas more than just run of the mill. Whether it’s perfectly cooked slices of melt-in-your-mouth hanger steak with a paprika alioli or the chorizo in a cider and apple sauce (the best chorizo dish we’ve ever had by the way), it all tasted genuinely amazing.
Other dishes we can vouch for include the tortilla de patatas, which is a classic, tasty patatas bravas dish; the amazing albondigas (meatballs in a luscious olive sauce) and the brilliantly salty sweet taste of the port wrapped fig on a stick, which was selected from the ever changing specials menu. Washed down with an Estrellas shandy and it made a great mid week lunch, but like we said, it was class at any time of the day. To be honest we would have gone for breakfast.
As well as being such a great restaurant, Pinchitos Tapas also did takeaway and deliveries, along with Paella classes to give you some tips on cooking up your own feast. It was easily one of the best tapas restaurants in London in our opinion, so it was well worth the effort for a visit, but if you’re in Old Street you might have been lucky enough to sample the great food before it shut up shop.
Pinchitos tapas restaurant review: 4.5/5