Pinchos is a tiny, narrow room in Newcastle just off the main Oxford Street drag in Leederville. A few high tables and stools out front on the footpath and a few more inside along one wall, and near the window make up the seating, while a long bar with representational legs of ham and garlic strings, cans of pimento, empty bottles of Spanish wine, dominates the other side – with a small kitchen at the back.
The menus hang from hooks on the wall and the northern Spanish themed food is divided as starters, salads, cured meats, small plates and desserts. The starters served on skewers are pinxto, pronounced pincho, and therefore the name of the place. On the reverse is the drinks list – sangria of course, three white wines, two rosé, four reds, two sparkling – all Spanish, along with six sherries, some beer and cider and mixed drinks.
Lady FWO and I perched precariously on stools and sipped on a couple of glasses of 2013 Muga Rosada, a deliciously dry Spanish rosé – pale pink, almost orange, beautiful clarity, with pineapple and peach aromas, and well integrated acid providing a long, satisfying finish, with hints of peach also on the palate. It was a perfect accompaniment to our food.
We started with Pinxto Gilda, a salty white anchovy, sliver of spicy, vinegary guindilla pickle and an olive half, served on a toothpick – at a dollar it is hard to beat as a light bar snack.
We followed with Brochetta de Gambas, two skewers of prawns which had been marinated in a spicy sauce with tiny cubes of capsicum and carrot, and served on a slice of crunchy bread. Beautifully cooked prawns, retaining a nice bite, spicy, garlicky marinade, all came together well, and the bread soaked up the delightful juices.
Finally we chose Tortilla de Bacalao y Patata – salt cod and potato – this was a nice slab of a Spanish style tortilla – soft potato, salty cod, creamy eggs cooked somewhat like an oily thick omelette, topped with quartered tomatoes, more of the spicy pickled guindilla chillis and drizzled with a creamy aromatic dressing. It was a wonderfully presented dish, tasted even better than it looked, and it was the highlight of our quick visit to this deservedly popular little spot.
The food served at Pinchos is high quality, and astoundingly good value; it has specials each day to cater for the lunchtime crowd and certainly made its mark on the Leederville strip. Recommended.