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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Miro Tapas Bar, Sydney

garlic prawns
Gambas al Ajillo $12.00
Garlic prawns

EDIT: Miro Tapas Bar has closed

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
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 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.

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 CLOSED
76 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 3126
4 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 12/22/2006 7:29 am, Blogger Yvo Sin 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 10:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous 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 12/23/2006 5:51 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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


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