Pintura Basque Kitchen Summer Menu Launch*
Pintura is one of those restaurants that has always been on my ‘to visit’ list yet I’ve just never got round to it. I’m a huge fan of Cielo Blanco (read my review here), one of six other restaurants owned by the same company. So when I was invited to take Pintura’s Summer Menu for a spin, I went in with high expectations…
And I immediately fell head over heels for the dreamy interior (SO instagrammable) We kicked things of with everyone’s favourite – a G&T. I adore gin but I’ve never been a huge fan of tonic (a sin, I’m well aware). Even so, the quality of the ingredients shone through and almost converted me. Throw in the homemade bread and ‘hipster with an x’ dipping sauce and I was a happy li’l thang, eating and catching up with blogger pals.
As the first of the tasting plates was served up, I got stuck into what looked like an oriental inspired dish but was actually the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten. The crispy chicken skin served with it was the icing on the cake (well, chicken). Following this came a charred cauliflower dish. It wasn’t quite to my taste but then again, I’ve never been a fan of cauliflower.
We moved onto the first fish dish – Gin cured salmon with crispy salmon skin and pea puree. Now we’re talking… Anything that’s taken a dip in gin is essentially my spirit animal. The salmon skin truly impressed me too, full of flavour and not a soggy bottom in sight. Then came the muscles which where HEAVENLY. I wasn’t sharing this dish with anyone.
Another plate from the sea, I was intrigued to try the Calamares. Unlike the rubbery calamari you’ve probably been served in any old restaurant, this was a completely different kettle of fish. Delicately soft and swimming in squid ink then topped with aioli and toasted brioche breadcrumbs.
Moving on to the final savoury dish of the evening, and they really saved the best till last. A Basque take on cottage pie, with foam whipped potato, summer truffle and beef cheek. This dish left a room full of bloggers in silence (which is probably the first time I’ve experience it ‘cause we’re a talkative bunch).
Dessert shows us a whole new side to kitchen. The Basque tart came first, served with brandied cherries. It reminded me of Pastel de Natas (a fave of mine) but with flakey pastry. The sourness of the cherries cut through each bite. We finished with a freshly made cinnamon donut filled with dulce de leche. We had an all-in consensus that this and a coffee beats a visit to Krispy Kreme any day.
Thanks to Pintura for a fabulous evening – I’ll be back soon to sample more of their delights inspired by the Basque Country. Have you visited Pintura before? What do you think of the new menu?