Yesterday Jezebelle announced their new Spring tapas menu, and it couldn’t have worked in better with my feeling for not wanting to cook on a Friday night.
As usual the place was bustling on a Friday night, it’s a popular venue for cocktails alongside their menu of shared plates. As we hadn’t made a booking, we ended up sitting at a high bar table down the back of the restaurant. Note to self: make a reservation next time!
Once we were seated we proceeded to look over the new menu (which I had thoroughly stalked hours before online, check it out here) and of course the wine list. It’s funny when we go out for dinner, the wine list is always given to Mr. Spittoon and they always go straight to him for the order. He then looks blankly at them and I jump in. Obviously, I hide my wino appearance well!
The wine choice was pretty easy, it’s a compact menu and since I was after something to celebrate #GrenacheDay I narrowed it down easily. We ended up going for a bottle of GranRojo ‘Rojo’ 2010 Garnacha from the Valeapenas, Spain for $39. The sommelier came over to pour it and gave us some insights on the wine which was absolutely lovely. Read my tasting note here.
Now for the food ordering. As per usual we over ordered, but hey YOLO! You only live once!
Here is what we went for:
- Rye, tomatillos, house made fresh cheese $6
- Marinated olives; gordal, sicilian, lingurian, wild red $6
- Bravas, smoky tomato, crème fraîche $10
- Pork belly, peanut & chilli, fennel, orange $24
- Beef short ribs, chilli & bean stew, tortilla, sour cream $28
I really love how they have definitions down the bottom of the menu to explain what things like bravas and tomatillos were (see the menu here), as we both had no idea! All up the food was lovely.
The rye dish was tasty and awesome value for money. The wild red olives, to die for! The bravas, spanish potato chips with paprika seasoning, where sooo good with the sauces however our only critique here would be to have the chips a bit crispier. The pork belly…. well… the BEST crackling either of us have ever had. And the short ribs were cooked to perfection with plenty of beans and tortilla wraps to eat it with.
You would think we stopped there, we should of stopped there. But I couldn’t help myself though and we ordered the Spanish donuts for desert – buñuelos, choux pastry puffs, chocolate, vanilla custard for $14 alongside a glass of the lovely Talijancich 1961 Solero Muscat for $19 (we had this recently at Stewart’s and loved it, read my tasting note here) and a glass of Sanchez Romate Moscatel ‘Ambrosia’ for $16. Read my tasting note here.
The donuts and wine choices weren’t the best matches. However, each in their own right were truly divine. I was dreaming about those donuts in my sleep last night I swear!! An awesome way to end a lovely evening of eating, drinking and chatting. I think we’ll definitely be back soon!
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