Hard ta-pas(s) up on

This weekend has been mental! It is my birthday on Tuesday so my boyfriend (Rory) and I went home to see my family. Saw some good friends on Friday evening down at the local pub, Saturday day spent walking my two little Jack Russell’s at Clumber Park and in the evening going to see the local pantomime. Then on Sunday another pub visit near home and a great Sunday dinner with some of the famalam. A quick drive back up to Manchester; moving Rory’s stuff out of his house and into mine, until our new place is ready next month. With all this I have barely had time to think, let alone blog, so this post is a little later than normal.

However, Rory and I always have time to eat, so tonight after moving Rory’s stuff we decided to take advantage of the Didsbury location and go to my all time favourite restaurant in Manchester; Pinchjos. This is without a doubt my favourite restaurant; I would highly recommend anyone visiting Manchester to come here! A quaint little Spanish restaurant, seating about 26 people in total and offering a great selection of fresh home cooked food and a good wine selection.

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Rory brought me to Pinchjos on our second date, and since then we have gone back many times and never been disappointed. The food is unbelievably good, the wine is delicious and staff are very welcoming. Although the service is a little slow, it is made up for how amazing the food is! Genuinely can’t rave enough about the food (try it yourself if you don’t believe me).

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In the traditional tapas style everything comes as it is cooked. First out of the kitchen doors was the Gambas Pil Pil. An obvious choice and favourite of mine, king prawns cooked in chilli and garlic, bubbling away as it comes to our table; a delicious meaty taste with a great kick of chilli after swallowing.

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Gambas Pil Pil – Regular price (RP) £6.50
Next up Patatas Bravas, I don’t know anyone who goes to a tapas restaurant and doesn’t order Patatas Bravas. Small, fried potatoes with smoked paprika and bravas sauce; a very simple dish but cooked perfectly, the potatoes were chopped smaller than normal, almost sautéed as apposed to in chunks, but I enjoyed it all the same.

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Patatas Bravas – RP £4.95
Then came the Meat Paella, Rory’s favourite; chicken marinated in paprika with chorizo and piquillo peppers. This dish was full of flavour; perfect amount of chorizo for a great smoky flavour without overpowering the dish. This went very well with the patatas bravas!

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Meat Paella – RP £6.50
Cheese has got to be one of the best creations, so many forms and such amazing tastes. Halloumi, an ultimate favourite was next to be eaten. Pan fried halloumi with oregano served on a fresh salad. Fried just enough to create a golden skin, but not too much to let it go dry and rubbery; melt in your mouth halloumi which had such a delicious salty taste I only wish there was more of it!

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Pan Fried Halloumi – RP £5.95
The penultimate dish was Pinchitos; skewered chicken breasts marinated in ginger and chillies served on tabbuleh. The chicken just came away from the skewer, and it had a wonderful tasting marinade that just makes your mouth water; so much flavour, again the only problem being that there isn’t enough (maybe we are just a little greedy though)!

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Pinchitos – RP £6.50
Finally, the last dish of the evening, fresh to order tortilla, which is a Spanish omelette with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, served with what I believed to be bravas sauce. A delicious combination of vegetables and potatoes; which with the tangy bravas sauce went down a treat. This was a new one, which we haven’t ordered before and definitely will again!

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Tortilla – RP £5
I couldn’t give Pinchjos a better review if I tried, I absolutely adore he food cooked here and love the quaint, simple look of the restaurant. Dishes range from £4 to £7 but on Sunday to Thursday, 5-7pm; a wide selection (all I have discussed) are £4.50 each. Definitely a reasonable price for the delicious food! You can check out the restaurant here.

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