One of my favorite food adventures was a trip to Northern Spain, where all I did was go from bar to bar to eat pintxos (bites on tapas served in small dishes or toasts). A couple of weeks ago, my good friend treated me to a birthday celebration at Teleferic Barcelona in Walnut Creek, California, where their menu is full of tapas and pintxos!
We got things started with a red (sangria teleferic) and white (sangria barceloneta) sangrias:
The Iberian Ham and Bechamel Croquetas were hot and crisp on the outside:
Grilled octopus, one of my favorite proteins in the mediterranean, is served on truffled potatoes:
There was a “new” notation next to a dish called Iberian Asparagus Tempura, which I could not resist:
A tempura made from asparagus and serrano ham, it is served over a combination of mascarpone cream, honey and lime vinaigrette with pumpkin seeds. I have never had anything like this – and definitely not in Spain – but this was quite yummy.
And who doesn’t order Gambas when out for tapas!
A dish called the “5th Champions” caught our eye – made of sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, iberian ham, and truffled egg yolk:
We ended up having to send this dish back once because they forgot the ham, but as I look back on this picture, I realized they forgot the egg yolk too!! Either way, this was bleh. Not cohesive or palatable.
Their brussel sprouts are grilled with a honey and cherry vinaigrette, topped with manchego cheese
Wait staff pushed around carts of pintxos for us to choose from:
The pintxos served were various combinations of ham, truffled potatoes, fried sweet potatoes, grilled brie, and spanish omelets:
Loved the variety of pintxos to choose from and each bite brought back to sweet memories of my time in Spain. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food here, especially being out in the suburbs. But glad to know that they are there and will definitely be back for more!