Just around the corner from Danks St is Bocata. Refreshingly cheap and, unlike the rest of Danks St on a Saturday, had a very little wait time. This Spanish deli specialises in bocata (Spanish style rolls with lots of delicious fillings) and various other very Spanish foods — They had pintxos!!! I didn’t think good pintxos existed outside of San Sebastian, but it was on the menu and only $1 each.
We ordered a chicken bocata because I think you’d be silly not to order a bocata when the restaurant is named after these rolls, Spanish baked eggs and 4 types of pintxos. I was a happy person at this point. The bread was soft and warm, the anchovies were salty and combined with Manchego (one of my favourite cheeses) and the bocata was filled with slightly spicy chicken and fresh vegetables. The baked eggs were alright… But I still think my favourite baked eggs so far is at Cafe Mint, which I’ve yet to blog about. My tip, forgo the baked eggs and get yourself a bocata and some pintxos on the side.
The waitstaff are very Spanish and friendly. Sometimes a little hard to understand, but it’s all part of the charm. They said my brunch date looked like “that famous movie star… You know… Sherlock Holmes…” Ummm, Robert Downey Jr? Not such a bad thing, I suppose. My brunch date wasn’t as amused as they were.
If you’re around on Friday lunches, they do paella for only $10 a plate. I plan to get in on that at some point because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be good.
What do I think? I think Bocata is good. I would like to pick up a bocata take away and eat it in the park with some jamon and manchego on the side.