Opening Pinchos within a castanet’s click of another well-established tapas bar was a ballsy move. But Justin Bell had a niggling suspicion that opening next door to his first Jus Burgers outlet and down the road from Duende in the inner-city village of Leederville would mean plenty of organic foot traffic.
But let’s face it, Bell had the goods after previous tapas successes in Hong Kong and Sydney, plus the foresight to hire Spanish-speaking staff and chef Oscar Inchausti from Madrid.
Instead of a traditional menu, on arrival you’re presented with a paper form which could easily double as an eating personality quiz. A) Traditionalist: pintxo chorizo, patatas bravas and carafe of sangria. B) Connoisseur: jamon, pork belly, saffron-poached pear tart and three tasting sherries. C) Healthy(ish): beetroot soup, anchovies, iceberg salad, a dark chocolate truffle and a Gypsy Pear Cider.
Private parties are usually ushered into the backroom. Walk-ins are eased into one of 32 spots against whitewashed brick walls and Spanish paraphernalia, most of which looks like it’s been there since tapas bars were first frequented in Spain. Otherwise, snag an al fresco stool for some footpath people watching.
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