Red7 , February 27, 2014
Who would have thought that a piece of tapas speared to a slice of bread with a toothpick could become the latest foodie craze? These delicate appetizers, originating from Spain’s Basque country, after popping up in trendy bars all over Barcelona, have finally made the move to London.
Pintxos, pronounced peenchos, is translated as, spike, after the wooden skewers which hold the delicious bite-sized bar snacks together. The skewers come in two sizes, depending on the price of the tapas, and customers help themselves from the colourful buffet. At the end of the meal, the waiter simply counts the cocktail sticks.
Pix Pintxos Bar, which has outlets in Soho, Islington, Notting Hill and Covent Garden, has succeeded in capturing the creativity and flavours of Basque tapas, while creating a replica of a cool Barcelona tapas bar. The décor gives a nod to Barcelona, with a few bull artworks on the walls and soft candlelight over the modern, bar-style tables. Diners can sample traditional Pintxos combinations and innovative new flavours such as marinated fig and goats cheese, Iberico ham and quail’s egg, brie, bacon and foie gras and diablo meatballs. The seared tuna pipperade, in particular, deserves a second helping.
The drinks are, of course, Spanish also, with an extensive wine and cava menu, a range of beers served in bottles and plenty of cocktails.
It’s the ideal place to start a classy London night out although with an up and coming tapas bar in London like this one, it’s wise to book a table after 6pm, when Pix Pintxos Bar fills itself with sophisticated after work drinkers and first dates from the surrounding offices.