Monday, 2 March 2015

A Truly Spanish Date Night!

This weekend couldn't have got off to a more perfect start... dinner with Mr LMLD at Pulpo Negro, a fabulous new Tapas restaurant right here in Alresford, where we live. Mr LMLD is half Spanish and whilst he is modest about his heritage, news of a Tapas restaurant opening on our doorstep caused A LOT of excitement in our household. You can take the man out of Spain, but you can't take Spain out of the man!

Sat along their Spanish style bar at the windows, watching the world go by and with happy banter and the smell of pimientos (roasting peppers) filling the air, we were quickly taken back to memories of wonderful, carefree weekends in Barcelona.

We nibbled on a picoteo of bread and aoli as we perused the menu and sipped on crisp dry Cava. But what to choose? Their signature dish is "Pulpo Negro" (black Octopus) which I hear is wonderful (my taste buds aren't that brave!) We started off with the most succulent Gambas Al Ajillo (prawns with garlic) a firm favourite of mine, Lomo Iberico (dry cured pork), Spinach and Picos Blue Croquetas and Ambogidas (meatballs); then swiftly moved on to platos of Tortilla, Chorizo with Watercress and Judion Beans and Mojama with Pears and Olive Oil.

An Extra Virgin Olive Oil that carries my surname has got to be good!

Mojama with pears and olive oil - the saltiness of the tuna with
the sweetness of the pear was just exquisite

No Spanish meal is complete without Cafe Con Leche

Everything was just beautifully presented and beautifully cooked; I really can't remember eating somewhere where every mouthful was so tantalising.  In the words of Al Martino's song, Spanish Eyes, "this is just adios and not goodbye, soon I'll return..."

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