285 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9416 2238I was lucky enough to try this place out recently for Mallymoodle's going away drinks before her trip abroad in pursuit of postdoc prospects. Good luck and enjoy the many European delights!
The name of this place I guess might be a drawcard for some (or may scare off the religious never nudes out there) but whatever the angle that's used to get you in, it certainly delivers some delicious snacks and interesting drink combinations.
Most folks know pintxos/pinchos as the popular Basque/Spanish bread based snacks- the toppings held in place by skewers (pincho = spike sp.) and best consumed with drink in hand. Another version of tapas but something that hasn't been done to death just yet.
The concept is simple- order drinks, grab a plate and load it up with some pinchos and you're off.
There's a good range of omnivorous and vegetarian options- classics such as jamon, braesola and some curious varieties like honey and eggplant. The wait staff also come by your tables to tempt you with hot pinchos straight out of hell's kitchen - the garlic octopus was awesome, the crumbed sardine a bit average so the choice is a gamble but at $2 each, you can try out as many as you like.
We were lucky to be sitting near the kitchen so had first pick on the hot options! When something is offered to you on a plate (similar to the trolleys at yum cha) it's hard to resist and soon you find yourself with a full plate - having said yes to everything!
The drinks are good too- not quite sure where they fit the in-house vodka distillery but they certainly infuse their vodkas with such things as chocolate or violets and it makes for so some interesting cocktails - such as the satanic splendor or lucifer's lovejuice. If that doesn't sway you there's also a good range of local and foreign wines and some potent sangria which comes in glass although you're better off going the carafe!
I forgot to take a snap of the decor which is also very interesting-somewhere between steam punk and seedy den, but you can check it out along with more reviews at Melbourne Gastronome, Fitzroyalty, Food Fable and Where's the Beef.