When I stepped through the doors of Roja Pinchos, it became immediately clear that I was in for an entirely unique dining experience. It was an uninspiring, bleak night, thanks owing to the naturally grim British weather. But as the pungent aromas of Spanish cuisine drifted past our cold noses, our spirits lifted. The restaurant itself was much smaller than I ever anticipated, yet bursting with unmistakable character. And judging by the content faces and empty plates of fellow diners, my partner and I guessed that the food was going to be pretty damn charming, too. It was moderately busy; hardly unusual nor unexpected for a Friday night venture to Liverpool. Because the few tables in the restaurant were occupied, we were shown to a slightly smaller, basement-come-waiting room; dimly yet romantically lit by a strategic scattering of tealights and those vintage bulbs that are quickly becoming the ‘in thing’.
We were offered the drinks menu, from which we selected a delicious bottle of Spanish red, boasting opulent notes of dark, rich fruits. Our table was ready sooner than expected, so said bottle also accompanied our meals after providing a much-needed pre-meal luxury.
Although we’re devotees to exotic foreign cuisine, my partner and I had never heard of (much less, experienced) the Pinchos concept, so our waiter kindly explained it to us. Pinchos are a Northern-Spanish tradition as well as being incredibly popular in the Catalan city of Barcelona. To put it into the simplest terms, Pinchos means to eat delicacies from a stick. Doesn’t sound all that fancy, does it? On the contrary, it turns out that eating from a stick is deceptively fancy. Although, this is only fancy (and socially acceptable) when performed in a Spanish restaurant where such a thing is traditional practice. Please, do not take a stick with you when dining in the likes of Alma De Cuba or Carpathia.
We quickly fell in love with this rather absurd, Spanish custom, with the bubbly and passionate staff and with the environment. Even if you only do it once, I would seriously recommend a visit to those who are adventurous diners.
Visit Roja Pinchos online at http://rojapinchos.co.uk/ or follow @RojaPinchos on Twitter.
For further dining information or to make a reservation call 0151 378 9563.
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Until next time…