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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Miro Tapas Bar, Sydney

garlic prawns
Gambas al Ajillo $12.00
Garlic prawns


Perhaps it's the Sangria, but tapas always seems to go hand-in-hand with a party.

So for a festive end to the year, our cheerful group of twelve headed to one of my long-time favourites, Miro Tapas Bar.

whitebait
Chanquetes Fritos $10.00
Fried white bait


Despite our waiter's recommendation, I dismissed the $30 banquet option and chose a selection of tapas instead. Whilst some were a little disappointing--the whitebait was a little bland in a thick heavy batter--others were impressive: the tortilla espanola was piping hot and fresh from the stove, sweet with the scent of onion, soft discs of potato set in a sunshine-yellow omelette.

tortilla espanola
Tortilla Espanola $10.00
Potato and onion omelette


Chorizo was moist and seared nicely, but I was in search of more sticky sweet garlic in both the garlic prawns and the garlic mushrooms. The prawns were very fresh though, soaring in sweetness on the palate.

patatas bravas
Patatas Bravas $9.00
Deep-fried potatoes in spicy tomato salsa


garlic mushrooms
Champinones al Ajillo $10.00
Garlic mushrooms


chorizo
Chorizo a la Plancha $10.00
BBQ Spanish sausage


calamari
Calamares a la Romana $11.00
Deep-fried calamari rings


By the time I'd soaked up the last of the garlic prawn olive oil with my second bread roll, I was reaching saturation point. The spectacular arrival of the paella opened another emergency stomach and although I was disappointed there were no crispy bits on the bottom (my favourite) we made short work of the dish in no time.

paella
Paella $48.00
Rice, chicken and seafood


Dessert stomachs were unlocked and whilst others enjoyed the simplicity of creme caramel
and biscuits with dulce de leche, I only had eyes for one thing: churros.

crème caramel
Flan $7.00
Crème caramel


dulce de leche and biscuits
Alfajores de Dulce de Leche $8.00
Caramelised fudge and biscuits


chocolate con churros
Churros $7.00
Ladyfingers with thick hot chocolate and caramelised fudge


Alas this wasn't as divine as my first encounter with churros at Miro - the churros were thinner and not as fluffy, the chocolate not so headily thick and rich that you could almost stand your spoon upright.

The little saucer of dulce de leche, a thick sweet caramel made from condensed milk (much like the filling of a caramel slice) was a tasty addition, although I found myself eating the caramel separately, so as to not overwhelm the flavour and texture of the hot chocolate.

dulce de leche

A delicious finale, evidenced by the finger-licking marks inside my chocolate bowl.

miro tapas bar

Miro Tapas Bar
76 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 3126


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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 12/21/2006 11:58:00 pm


7 Comments:

  • At 12/22/2006 7:29 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    MMMM, that looks DELICIOUS!!!!!

     
  • At 12/22/2006 8:52 am, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    You know i found this really great tapas place on Oxford street called Cantina, the servings was small but really nice. I was dying to take photos but because it was a work function it wasn't appropriate to whip out the camera.

     
  • At 12/22/2006 9:33 am, Blogger Food Hog said…

    Yummmo Tapas!! i still think Miro's has some great dishes that are more flavoursome compared to other spanish restaurants on liverpool street.

    But the churros was such a disappointment as the chocolate that it came with was watery and luke warm!! im still in search of a place with thick thick chocolate sauce. Will let you know if i find the place!

     
  • At 12/22/2006 10:48 am, Anonymous cin said…

    Mmmm, sounds like you made some good choices in the food department!

    I agree with FH that the chocolate needs to be thick enough so that you can scoop it out with the churros :)

     
  • At 12/22/2006 10:44 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi yvo - Tapas always is! And that's not just the sangria talking :) Nah, good stuff here. Another one for your Sydney itinerary? :)

    Hi pickles - Never tried it. I know the feeling about snapping at work functions. Isn't it agonising?

    Hi food hog -I was disappointed with the churros only because we'd had such a fantastic experience the time before (admittedly two years ago). I should've scoffed more churros in Spain... Definitely let me know if you find any spectacular churros joints in Sydney!

    Hi cin - Yum, thick hot chocolate. Surely donuts and hot chocolat are the ultimate comfort food!

     
  • At 12/23/2006 5:51 am, Anonymous gobsmack'd said…

    Hi Helen, Was the paella for 2? Or has Liverpool St gone strastopheric with its prices? Was it worth it?

     
  • At 12/28/2006 9:07 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi gobsmack'd - Yes the paella was for two, although with our tapas order preceding it, we shared one of these between six people and there was still leftovers!

    Our final bill was $30pp + tip, and was definitely worth it.

     

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