How was it?
The great thing about having my birthday on a Monday, was that I got to have a birthday feasting weekend leading up to the big day (June 15, fyi ;)! After the first stop at breakfast on Saturday morning, K and I made our way to Spain for dinner via Encasa Restaurant. We had originally planned to head down to The Rocks to watch the fire water festival, but we sadly missed that. Oh well! After many failed attempts at going to Encasa, I finally made a booking a few weeks in advance and locked myself and K in for dinner there.
We were greeted with a long queue winding out of the tiny entrance and I was surprised that the people in the queue all had reservations, but the line moved quickly and we were promptly shown to our table. From the outside, Encasa doesn't look very welcoming, but once you step inside, you will feel a warmth and a certain charm about this bustling and noisy Spanish joint. We order a couple of items from the special tapas menu and a couple from their normal menu to share.
We had planned on going on the Vivid Light Walk after dinner, but those plans failed due to the Sangria! Lol. It was strong and made me happy ;)
I somehow thought that we were going to get something like a bruschetta, but out came this plate with two slices of toasted bread, some garlic, salt, tomatoes and olive oil. We were a little bit puzzled for a moment, and then I started to chop away and try to create something special! Didn't expect to have to work at dinner!
We didn't order this dish - the patatis bravas. We actually ordered the grilled prawns dish, but that never came :( When the waiter put this down, I said to K: "We didn't order this (pause) but it smells good"... K: "Eat it".. "Ok". In case you're wondering, they did charge us for this. They must have gotten some orders mixed up. Wonder who got our grilled prawns?
Service was pretty terrible. It was so hard trying to get their attention, and once you actually had their attention and asked for something, there was never any guarantee that they would actually process your request. I.e. They mixed up orders, we ordered two dishes and didn't receive them, it took us so long to flag down the service people, AND one of the waiters knocked into me without saying anything. Hmph.
Anyway, back to the food :)
We ordered these stuffed dates from the specials menu. This was by far the standout dish of the night for me! It could definitely induce a food orgasm ;)!! The combination of the sweet date, the creamy and rich flavours of the blue cheese and walnut stuffing, wrapped in a salty jamon - really confused my palate and threw it into a spin - but wow, what a spin! It was oh so beautiful!
Chorizo a la Plancha $9.50
Grilled Spanish sausage
The chorizo looks deceivingly small, but there were so many pieces in there, we struggled to finish it off. It was a little on the too-salty side for us, so we requested some bread. And out came these ginormous looking things..
Squid cooked in it's own ink served with rice
Another item from the specials menu was the squid tapas. There was lots of oohing and ahhing at the sight of this dish. This was K's favourite, the fat and chewy squid pieces and the lite accompanying rice.
Aww... my surprise cheesecake :)
And when I went to the bathroom, K secretly organised for them to bring out a (mud) cake slice for me! It was so sweet, and I was completely shocked (and embarrassed) when the lights went off and people started singing happy birthday! lol. And even though they brought out the wrong cake, it was still super lovely :) So a huge huge thank you to K! xoxo
This Spanish eatery is very popular, so make sure you book well in advance. I know that they have vouchers in the entertainment book, so a good idea for people with the book! I thought that the dishes were either really amazing or quite mediocre. I did have very high expectations for Encasa though, which may have been a problem. Despite the poor service, it is a very fun and lively place, we stayed there for a few hours and were not pressured to leave.
423 Pitt St,
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9211 4257