Gambas al Ajillo $12.00
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.
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 $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 $9.00
Deep-fried potatoes in spicy tomato salsa
Champinones al Ajillo $10.00
Chorizo a la Plancha $10.00
BBQ Spanish sausage
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.
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.
Alfajores de Dulce de Leche $8.00
Caramelised fudge and biscuits
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.
A delicious finale, evidenced by the finger-licking marks inside my chocolate bowl.
Miro Tapas Bar
76 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 3126
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Miro Tapas Bar (August 2004)
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