Last week Friday I popped into Sotano in Bree Street (did you know this Mouille Point favourite had opened a 2nd branch in town btw? Now you do…. 🙂 ) to try out their new Pintxos Bar:
Sotano on Bree is split into 2 levels: Upstairs you’ll find their main open plan dining area with a cosy lounge & bar. Downstairs you’ll find the new Pintxos Bar space which has a very relaxed vibe with a fireplace (which is going to be fantastic in winter), a beautiful wooden bar area and eye-catching black & white flooring which I must say has a bit of a Spanish feel to it.
To me Pintxos are kinda like mini tapas. It’s the brainchild of the Spanish, specifically the Northern part of Spain, where they enjoy these delicious bites as early evening treats after a long, hard day at work. I was lucky enough to hit the Pintxos bar scene in San Sebastián (the foodie capital of Northern Spain) back in 2013 and ended up having some of the best food of my life, all served as tiny little bites of culinary pleasure.
So with that in mind, my expectations were high… very very high…
Now Pinxtos are typically washed down with an ice-cold beer, so my friend Werner & I decided we’d stick to that tradition:
This gave us a chance to have a look at the menu & then pop over to the bar to see what was on display:
The “on sliced baguette”, “bowl”, “skewers”, and “warm” items you can simply pick up at the bar as they’re specially prepared for the pinxtos service (and refreshed throughout) and are therefore ready & waiting for you to snap them up.
The two “to order” dishes (as the name suggests) need to be ordered from a waiter & require a little bit of a wait, but trust me, it’s worth it as these two items ended up being my absolute favourites:
These felt more true to the bars that really stood out for me during my San Sebastián visit & therefore took me right back to all those great travel memories. * insert tears of food happiness here *
All ‘n all, this was a really cool experience & I’ll definitely be back (particularly for those mushrooms & the beef shin). I’m therefore going to give the Sotano Pinxtos bar a score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.
As an added bonus: They have a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays as well as on event nights like First Thursday.
So the next time you’re heading out of work & need to unwind, or you’re roaming the city over the weekend and in need of a tasty late afternoon/early evening snack, do give the Sotano Pinxtos bar a try.
You’ll find them at: 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
And for inquiries or reservations you can contact them on: 021 422 0567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
** I was invited by Sotano’s PR company & therefore this meal was on them. **