After wine tasting, we wanted to grab a light dinner and more drinks. Spanish tapas came to mind. Bar Pintxo on Santa Monica Blvd by Ocean Blvd. is the perfect place. The restaurant is owned by Chef Joseph Miller, who also owns Joe's Restaurant on Abbot Kinney. I've walked by Bar Pintxo a couple times last year when it first opened and it was filled to capacity (apparently, that's 30 people). You can't make reservations so your best bet is to get there before happy hour, or after the happy hour crowd has dissipated. When we arrived at 8.30, there were still four spots open at the bar. The space is small, which is similar to the tapas bars in Barcelona.
There is a jamon carving station at the side of the kitchen.
Sangria. Tasted good and refreshing.
Olives were served.
Our first dish was Jamon sofrito and fried leeks. The menu listed leeks, but as it turns out, the leeks looks like they were more for decorational purposes. You couldn't taste any of the leek flavor in this dish. Instead, the stewed tomatoes seemed to be the main component, even though it wasn't listed on the menu. In any case, I thought that this was a nice little bite but I don't think it was anything exceptional.
Parfait of Foie, caramelized onions and apples. This came with one piece and is perfect to share as there was a lot of foie on the bread. OMG, the foie is absolutely rich and divine. The only downfall was the bread; it was over-charred and you could taste the burnt flavor.
Another from the specials: Coca pintxo. This is octopus with potatoes and a light salad. The octopus was cooked perfectly; it had a clean flavor and was not at all chewy. The potatoes were firm, freshly fried and well seasoned. They had a little sweet taste, similar to that of a sweet potato. The aioli on the side had a good flavor as well. This was an excellent dish and probably our favorite of the night.
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