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Encasa, Haymarket

I can’t remember the last time I was here at Encasa, two or three years perhaps, but I do remember the seafood paella and really enjoyed it. As you know ‘The Mother’ loves tapas, it is a fun way of eating, especially if there are four or five of us.

Encasa is located on the busy street of Pitt Street, where most of the Thai restaurant can be found. The place was extremely busy for a Thursday evening, and if you didn’t have a reservation expect to wait for at least an hour! Lots of different types of tapas dishes on the menu, as well as pasta, pizza and many more.

‘The Mother’ wanted to order one of everything on the tapas menu! Thankfully, we all said no as that is insane and we were right, of course. We struggled to finish what we ordered yet alone one of each!

Started with the sangria – love the chopped fruits, it makes it so much healthier!

We started with the Alcachofas ($8.50), artichoke hearts in olive oli, fresh herbs, lemon and chili. If you don’t like artichoke then this is not the dish for you, I love the tang from the lemon which gave it a nice kick.

The Mejillones a la Marinera ($13), black mussels in fresh tomato sauce with basil and chili was a hit amongst the diners.

Champiñones al Ajillo ($8), sizzling garlic mushrooms were excellent, it was so garlicky that I smelt like garlic the next morning!

We couldn’t help but get two serves of patatas Bravas ($9.50), fried potato with garlic mayonnaise, and spicy tomato salsa. Golden chunks of potatoes, crispy on the outside and generously drizzled in garlic mayonnaise and spice tomato salsa – YUM!

I’ve never had the Tortilla Española ($8.50), omelette with potato and onion and I have to say, they were delish! Cooked to perfection, this could be a new favourite tapas dish!

Unfortunately the Pinchos de Pollo con Mojo ($12), chicken skewers with red capsicum, olive oil, cumin and vinegar were a bit ordinary. Thought the chicken were too dry and tasteless.

The Albondigas ($12), three large tender beef meatballs in almond sauce were seriously delicious. Served in a terra cotta dish, these meatballs were HUGE! Half was more than enough for enough as I was getting quite full by this stage!

Loved the grilled asparagus with crispy jamon and melted Manchego cheese ($13).

We also ordered a plate of the cured chorizo which was served with toasted bread ($10.50).

We did order Chorizo a la sidra – Spanish sausage poached in cider but thankfully they forgot and we managed to cancel it. We were SERIOUSLY stuffed, thank goodness none of us listened to ‘the Mother’ and order one of everything from the menu!

Unfortunately they ran out of churros, but that was probably a blessing in disguise. I don’t think I could have fit anything else – I was so full that I was ready to roll home.

Tapas is definitely a fun way of eating, you get to try a bit of everything. Service was friendly, even though they did forget one of our orders, we didn’t mind. It’s a shame we didn’t get the paella or the pizza, they looked good!

Would definitely come back for the pizza and the paella.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10


423 Pitt Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 9211 4257

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  1. January 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I’ve got friends who love going to Encasa, especially for larger gatherings like birthdays, so I tend to eat here once a year or so. And I always come out of Encasa smelling like garlic – hair, clothing, breath, everything haha!

    And a happy Chinese New Year to you, by the way =)

  2. January 23, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Tortilla espanola is always my must-order dish when having tapas. It’s the har gow equivalent! lol. I do like the one at Encasa too. Always moist and delicious!

    • January 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

      i never ordered it until last visit, think it will be on my ‘must order’ tapas dish!

  3. January 23, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Oooh, I always get the grilled chorizo – never even seen that cured one with toast!

    • January 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

      damn! will have to get the grilled chorizo next time. the cured chorizo was on the specials board.

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme
    January 23, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I haven’t been to many Spanish places but I do hear lots about this one. Food looks so good!

  5. January 23, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Ooo I LURVE Tapas…I might have to twist the BFFs arm to come with me to this place.

  6. kiki
    January 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

    mmmmm 🙂 the Bravas sounds so freaking awesome!

  7. January 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Dont blame you for having two serves of the patatas Bravas – its also a favourite here!

    Its just so hard to choose!

  1. January 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

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