Do you ever feel like it could be possible you’re missing out on something greater? Neither. That was until we visited Pablo Pablo. This place is serving up fine tapas and good vibes in an intimate venue that, we think, could run rings around South Bank favourite Ole. Step through the vibrant cobalt blue door and be welcomed by white-wash walls, rustic wooden tables and a DJ spinning beats near the bar.
We’ve only found one problem with Pablo Pablo – the menu is too delicious. Sure you can order the crowd-pleasing jamon croquetas, but that would be unadventurous. It’s not often you stumble upon a menu that both surprises you and makes you salivate at the thought of every flavour combination.
A must-try is the Cangrejo De Chorizo - at $4.50 a pop they aren’t cheap, but these chunks of chorizo layered with a spanner crab and fennel cream and served with lime will be perhaps the greatest thing to ever dance on your taste buds. If you want to continue the taste bossa nova, order the Jamon Iberico Gran Reserva. Not only is it delicious, but you get bonus bragging rights – we’re talking 24-month cured-ham from free-range, acorn-fed Iberian black pigs. Yep.
Even the simplest of dishes shouldn’t be overlooked; the Maiz La Plancha ($3), a grilled cob of corn topped with shaved manchego and a lime wedge, is served with a smoked butter consisting of 42 ingredients. Yes, 42. Our waiter dared us to try and guess them all, we made it to 16 possible ingredients – good luck to you.
Apparently the Spaniards tin their best catch of fish and eat the seconds fresh. At $12 a serve, this is no ordinary tinned fish. Served straight from the can with a side of bread, the belly of white tuna in olive oil is like no tuna you’ve had before. For somethin more filling, try the slow-cooked lamb ($19), chorizo and cannellini beans. Pair it with the beetroot almond vegetable salad ($15) with crunchy zucchini fries – a winner in our books.
Now that we’ve known food-love at first sight, there is that sickly-sweet desire to share our passion publicly. Pablo Pablo, we’ll be back. And we’ll be bringing our friends. No one should miss out.