I have always enjoyed eating Tapas, this time I made my way down to Semaphore to a restaurant called El Toro Espanol. To me the set up was more like a cafe for casual dining than a restaurant, with approximately 20 people seating, I suggest a booking beforehand. The prices for each dish was very reasonable.
Tapas are little dishes that is meant to be shared, although on the menu there was a choice between tapas size or main size. We opted for the tapas size for the dishes, this would allow us to try a little bit of everything. Decision time, I chose the pork belly hoping that the skin would be crispy. It was chewy, however the meat itself had been marinated so well that it was very tasty.
Croquettes were my favourites, the batter was thin and crunchy just like how croquettes should be. The consistency of the chicken stuffings were perfect and had great depth of flavours too.
The prawns were delicious, they were soaked in garlic and paprika sauce. Give me more please.
Last but not least, whiting fillets wrapped in Jamon ham. This one was my least favourite, there was a strong fish taste to this dish and it was also served cold.
When I think of Spanish food, I immediately think of Paella. I would always order seafood paella but today I decided to try the chicken one.
The paella was definitely a winner, it was not undercooked nor burnt. There were enough ingredients on the pan with each scoop of rice. It was a generous serving, if you plan to have the paella, allow yourself 45 minutes because this is how long it takes to cook. I would recommend trying a few of the tapas to nibble on whilst you wait. Don't get too full, because the paella is definitely enough to share between a few people. If you don't finish, not to worry. The friendly waitresses would be more than happy to pack a takeaway box for you.
Visit El Toro Espanol - 39A Semaphore Road, Semaphore, SA 5019 - (08) 8449 1949
Discount: ENTERTAINMENT BOOK - 25% off the total bill.