El Borracho is my favourite place for Spanish food in Brum. There. I said it.
It’s one of the few places I return to again and again without feeling guilty that I’m missing out from elsewhere. FOMO is very real and I live it on the regular because ya know, an interest in good food and social media, breed it. But going back to El Borracho as opposed to queuing 40 mins for a pop up on a rainy night? El Borracho it is, bab.
Based on Harborne Road, El Borracho accompanies The Highfield, The Edgbaston, Boston Tea Party and the new Loki bar/shop around the corner. It’s a part of the city, I’ve been enjoying for a while now and it’s probably in part due to El Borracho if I’m being totally honest.
El Borracho de Ora has the ability to pull off sensational Spanish food in a warm, inviting and relaxed setting, owned and led by Emma. Its is cosy and comfortable; think dark wooden tables of varying sizes, plush chairs to sink into, low lighting and homely Spanish touches throughout, with a well stocked bar at the back of the restaurant keeping you topped up.If you’re lucky with your booking, you’ll catch the live band, creating a backdrop to live your best life. I’m talking, Drake’s Hotline Bling with Spanish vibes and anyone that knows me, knows that that’s my kinda thing, with a juicy Drake on top.
When it comes to the food, the menu is extensive and packed full of authentic Spanish classics from tapas to paella with some great offers too; Tapas Monday and Tuesdays- two tapas for £7.50, Paella Thursdays- £18 for a 2 person paella and 2 glasses of house wine, 3 for 2 tapas every Sunday and happy hour every weekday from 5-7pm.
But tonight, we’ve been invited to sample some of the new menu and some old favourites and it looks so god damn good. We start with Catalan bread, soaked in good olive oli, grated tomato and garlic that retains its crunch and immediately takes me back to Spanish breaks where I’ve indulged in this for breakfast/lunch/dinner/any opportunity.
Slow Cooked Rabbit is seasoned well, tender and falls apart in a rich Garlic & Tomato sauce that’s packed with layers of flavour and satisfaction.
Secreto Iberico- Iberian Pork Steak is delicious, tender and cooked pink alongside a nut and red pepper-based romesco sauce that appears on the side of lots of the tapas which I’m pleased to see as it gives each dish a lovely edge.
Toasted, crispy discs of Aubergine are tossed in honey, sesame and chilli and are a unique and delicious take on one of my favourite vegetables and certainly gives me inspo to try this one at home. It would also be good as part of an antipasti board- Italy and Spain, unite.
Long Giant Onions, similar to the texture of spring onions, come grilled, drizzled in olive oil and salt, yet still retain their layered texture. Romesco sauce makes a welcome appearance again to allow for generous dunking and dipping of the onions.
Squid Ink Paella with Fresh Squid and Prawns is a generous portion of colours, textures and flavours and disappears as quickly as it arrives.
Spinach with Garlic, Pine Nuts & Rum Raisins, packs a flavour punch, with the nuts and raisins adding a lovely crunch to the spinach.
Other dishes include Crispy Chicken Wings with Brava Sauce and Lamb Meatballs in a Lamb & PX Wine Sauce.
We finish with oh so luxe, crispy deep-fried Churros that are piping hot, coated in sugar and stuffed with fluffy pastry with a divine chocolate sauce. A lovely end to a fantastic array of dishes.
A few days later, I return for Paella Thursdays where we order a colourful Chicken and Chorizo Paella packed with seasonal veg buried under layers of sticky paella rice, like a foodies treasure hunt.
El Borracho is, as you’d expect delicious with attentive service and extensive knowledge of the menu by its friendly staff. This is a restaurant to come back to again and again, whether it’s mid week fun times you’re after or to celebrate a special occasion. This is real, Spanish food, forget all the others proclaiming to do this in Brum, it’s all #fakenews. Try this place, try the new menu and listen to that Drake song.
*Thanks to Emma, I was invited along to try the food but paid for my own drinks- I didn’t have to write about it but I did because it’s fab. On my return visit, I paid in full. As always, my opinions are my own*