This is a summary of my experience at Pintxo.
Overall: It was good food and nicely balanced in terms of 'heaviness' that could accompany such a menu. I chose the a la carte option rather than the Degustacion.
(Mache, chorizo, rio tinto cheese, grape tomatoes, balsamic)
- A nice start to the meal. The chorizo was not overly salty and went well with the dressing. A simple pedestrian dish but done well.
White Asparagus wrapped in Serrano Ham
(A single slice of ham with a few cooked spears, all garnished with fried leeks)
This dish was a little too watery for my liking. As you cut into the 'wrap' liquid would spurt out the end result was a somewhat bland dish despite the salty ham and the onions. The asparagus was kind of lost.
Filet of Basque Cod with pepper and tomato sauce
(pan-seared filet w/ mustard mash and tomatoes)
The fish was amazing. Not much going on in terms of spicing but the crust was stupendously good. Minor slip up... instead of the pepper/tomato sauce, this came with mustard mashed potatoes; which turned me off...IMO the other sauce would have been better.
Scallops on Chorizo Tapenade
(seared sea scallop with sauteed chorizo, red roe?)
Just meh. I was expecting something more as this was a staff rec., but was underwhelmed. IMO, the scallop, though perfect in itself was overpowered by the chorizo and this was the only dish that left me without a balanced mouthfeel. It felt a little too rich.
Grilled Shrimp on Red Pepper Sauce
(2 jumbo shrimps in a peppery broth)
One of the stars of the evening. Perfect in all aspects
Lobster Tail w/ Fennel
(2 tail halves w/ fennel salad)
Another good dish. This was the special pintxo of the day and though double the price (disclosed later) kinda worth it.
Quintet of Grilled Vegetables
(neat stack of eggplant, red + green tomato, Artichoke and cucumber, grilled and topped with fried leeks in a balsamic sort of dressing)
I found this to be a welcome respite from the menu. I ordered it twice just to balance the palate some.
Braised Beef Cheek
(exactly what it says, served w/ mash potato)
Not my fave dish, but good. The cheek was succulent and melt in your tender. mash was meh
Mushrooms w/ duck confit
(hollowed out 'shroom, duck, confit)
I liked dish. The size is what made it IMO, any bigger and it would seem too much.
Thats all folks. I skipped dessert but they had a cheesecake, a nougat ice cream, chocolate creme brulee and one other I can't recall.
And now, I fell like a thanksgiving turkey and am gonna go for a walk before hitting up APDC tonight.