On New Year’s Eve we had reserved a table at Pinche Pinche so we could enjoy an evening together without one of us being stuck in the kitchen and the other having to do the washing up.
I’d become aware of Pinche Pinche’s gluten free friendly menu via Twitter and it seemed like a good choice as we hadn’t eaten there together.
We arrived for our table at 7.30pm and ordered a bottle of white at the bar as we waited for the table. It wasn’t too long before we took our seats – I perched on the bench which is the length of the restaurant and dressed with plump cushions and Chris took the seat at the other side of the table.
The menu predominantly consists of Mexican tapas and we decided to have Guacamole to share as a starter with 3 dishes each for our mains. I had hoped that we would have been able to share our dishes but Chris chose 2 which aren’t gluten free so we decided to stick with what we’d ordered individually.
I picked out the Manchego cheese and Serrano ham Quesadillas, Sweet sticky pork Sopes and Lamb with medium spiced beer based salsa Tacos whilst Chris decided on the Slow cooked lamb Sopes, Cactus Tlacoyos and Spicy cheese balls.
The Guacamole seemed to arrive minutes after ordering but we’d drunk nearly all of the bottle of wine by this point so my sense of time might be slightly out! It was lovely and fresh which contrasted well with the slightly salty and super crunchy nachos.
As we got to the bottom of the guacamole mountain our other dishes began to arrive and the table was overwhelmed with Mexican goodness. We’d ordered another bottle of wine to help us wash everything down and began to tuck in.
The lamb tacos had a fiery kick from the beer based salsa whilst the Sopes had a consistency of doughnuts – soft, squishy and the type of food that gives you a warming feeling. The Quesadillas we’re packed with meat – Pinche Pinche certainly don’t skimp on fillings – with the cheese bulging out of the side. What really made the Quesadillas though was the guacamole on the side, it totally transformed a ham and cheese toastie into something memorable.
Chris’s tapas trio seemed to be slightly doughier, heavier than my own and he struggled to finish everything. This didn’t stop me insisting on ordering Churros for dessert to share though. Whilst I shouldn’t have Churros with my gluten free diet, I was quite intrigued to see what they are like and nibbled on a smaller Churro.
As I’m not fond of desserts that have a strong taste of cinnamon, I wasn’t a fan and left Chris to find room for the rest! I think that this is one of the rare occasions where I’m more interested in the savoury offering compared to the sweets.
Our table was cleared when it was obvious that we didn’t have room for any more Churros and we received the bill. It was on the high side owing to the two bottles of wine which came to £30 alone. When I saw the final price I remembered how easily it is to end up with a large bill when you’re eating tapas – smaller, slightly lower prices add up when you’re buying 2-3 items each!
New Year’s Eve comes around but once a year so for a blow out treat, this was perfect and I have a feeling we may find ourselves returning this year. If you’re looking for a cheaper evening out, that’s not to say that Pinche Pinche could be for you, you’ll just have to have more self-control than us.