EL 58

Is there anything more annoying than going to a restaurant and discovering that it’s closed?
Well after our not-so-quick siesta, and a fifteen minute walk to our location, that’s exactly what happened to us.
It was annoying to say the least, especially as I tend to get very… hangry… when I wake up.
But every cloud has a silver lining, because if that restaurant wasn’t closed we may never of discovered EL 58, and that would have been a darn shame.

From the front EL 58 looks as though it’s just another spanish storefront that you could stroll past on your evening walk, but inside it has layers of paint peeling off the walls that expose the aged brick work beneath, creating the most beautifully rustic mismatch. The dimmed lights create an air of romance, yet the conversation from the fully-booked tables surrounding you stop it from being over the top. The place buzzes with atmosphere and the tantalising aromas entice you in.
We were lucky enough to get a table without a reservation, and after sitting down we were handed the menu.
Which was Spanish.
Which would be ok… except I don’t speak a word of Spanish.
Luckily all of the staff speak English, and whilst they were happy to talk us through the entire menu, S and I were feeling adventurous so decided to randomly pick a few dishes and got the waitress to surprise us with others.

The joyful thing about tapas is that each dish is brought to your table as and when it’s ready (in England the dishes always arrive at your table at the same time) and it was just mere minutes before our food started arriving. Unfortunately I was far too hungry to pick up my camera for the first few items, but once the hanger was temporarily sated, I snuck in a few shots.

Patatas Bravas unlike any I have tried before.
Perfectly cooked potatoes with crisp outers and fluffy insides sit beneath intensely deep sundried tomato sauce and the most delicious garlic aioli I have ever sunk my teeth into.

Homemade Spanish quesadillas filled with shredded duck, crunchy onion and melted cheese, served with a tomato and basil blended salsa which was so insanely fresh I pretty much spooned the bowl clean.
Fried chicken (so good it warranted three photos!) served with a honey and wasabi mayonnaise dip.
I’ve never been much of a fan of wasabi, however this dip perfectly balanced the three S’s (sweet, savoury and spicy) so well that I’ve officially converted.

^^ S mid “mmmmm that’s good!”
We finished our meal with cheesecake topped with berry compote and served with berry ice-cream.
The cheesecake was a lot more dense then any I had tried before, but was delicious and the ice-cream so smooth and perfectly balanced in flavour that it cut straight through the sweetness without leaving an ounce of bitterness behind.

The flavours were incredible and it was by far one of the best meals I have had.
It’s obvious that the chef’s have a true passion for cooking and their confidence and capabilities to experiment and innovate in the kitchen ensure there is something to satisfy every tastebud.
It was that good, that we went back the very next evening eager to try more of their menu.

This time we dined beneath the stars on their terrace and chowed down on more of the wasabi chicken, quesadillas and potatoes as well as

Freshly baked tomato brushed bread served with jamón serrano
200 grams of melt in the mouth steak, served with Mediterranean vegetables and couscous that was so well flavoured even S ate it!

And finished off with chocolate mousse served with coconut ice-cream that tasted better than this one.

The staff are friendly and the food has attitude.
It’s a menu of classic tapas favourites combined with new and exciting innovations, and I’d be more than happy to go back and eat there… Again.

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