I am currently in the midst of my final exams at uni and last week I had my Spanish oral exams, so what better way to prepare then going to a Spanish restaurant and practise my Spanish, ¿no?
We decided to head to El Borracho de Oro in Edgbaston, and considering the restaurant name literally means ‘he who gets drunk on fine things’ my friend and I both believed that this would be the perfect place to get some good tapas and of course sangria. We went on a Tuesday evening when they have a deal were you can get two tapas dishes for £7.50 (they also have this deal on during the week), and there was also a 2 for 1 offer on the cocktails and sangria – a win-win situation all round.
The menu was full of traditional tapas dishes and narrowing it down to a few dishes can always be a tricky task. In the end after a lot of ‘ooh that sounds nice’ ‘mmm I like the look of that’ we went for: croquetas de bacalao (crispy cod croquettes), albóndigas con salsa de tomate (pork meatballs in a tomato sauce, pollo al ajillo (chicken thighs cooked in garlic, white wine and herbs) and patatas arrugadas which are salt cooked potatoes served with two different spicy sauces. It wouldn’t have been a true Mediterranean meal if we didn’t have some bread and Salchichón Ibérico too.
When it came to the drinks there was only ever going to be one option: sangria. We were presented with two large glasses of red wine sangria which came in a very large glass, perfecto! Since we had an exam the day after we decided it would be best to stick to just the one glass of sangria.
We left a bit of room for dessert and fancied some churros. Unfortunately, they had run out of churros L so we went for cheesecake and crema catalana (similar to a crème brûlée). The cheesecake had a lovely gingery base and my friend assured me that her crema catalana was delicioso.
The restaurant itself has a real nice welcoming and trendy feel. Some of the dishes came served on tiles, and it’s those little touches and all the intricate décor that makes the place even more interesting. El Borracho de Oro is great if you want to sit down and have a meal with friends, family whoever – and If you want a real Mediterranean experience then head to the bar and enjoy your tapas in a more Spanish environment.
Edgbaston is really becoming a hub of good pubs, bars and restaurants and El Borracho de Oro is just another one worth checking out if you’re in the area. I thoroughly enjoyed El Borracho de Oro and would recommend it to anybody who enjoys tapas.
And, If you enjoy tapas or Spanish food in general, then check out this other article I’ve written about where to get good tapas in Brum here.