Lunch at El Borracho de Oro

When you’re hungover, you really just need someone to be nice to you and feed you something tasty. Nursing a hangover post Midlands Food Awards, I was perusing Instagram and feeling sorry for myself, when an excellent looking grilled cheese went past.

“Dave. Laura’s at El Borracho again. If we go now, we can make the end of the lunch menu.” So we did, emerging blinking into the sunshine, once again enabled into food ordering by Bite Your Brum.

I’ve written about El Borracho de Oro before, as a guest post for Brummie Gourmand, but have somehow never got round to reviewing it here.

The restaurant

We settled on a table out on the terrace, which is a bit of a sun trap, and ideal for this heatwave. Inside you’ll find warm, spanish tiles, friendly staff and a kitchen you can peer into from the tables. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away behind Morrison’s in Edgbaston.

On arriving, we were greeted with a glass of Cava to celebrate their awards win from the night before, and I set to work deciding what my hangover wanted to eat.

The food

If you’re looking for mid-week lunch, the lunch menu at El Barracho is excellent value. Served Monday to Friday between 12 and 2.30pm, you can bag yourself bargain tapas, £6.95 big plates, or the best sandwiches in Birmingham.

Toastie

Sobrasada Sandwich

Dave and I both opted for a Sobrasada Sandwich (£5.95). Sobrasada is a soft chorizo, and is kept company between slices of just fried bread by some very sexy manchego and Alioli. These sandwiches are simple, but glorious. Cheese oozes everywhere, the chorizo is rich and incredibly juicy. Perfection.

Tapas

We also ordered some tapas to share (three dishes for £9.25). The Spider Crab Croquetas are perfection; fluffy inside with lots of rich crab flavour, and the coating is crispy. We tried Patatas Panaderas instead of our usual bravas. This version is lighter, cooked in onion and wine. The thin slices are well flavoured, and are less heavy than a bravas, although I think I prefer the tomatoey version. My favourite is always Padron Peppers (you get a bigger portion than this, but I accidentally ate a load before photographing, while chatting with owner Emma). These are well grilled and piled with salt for a savoury flavour bomb.

You can’t go wrong with simple spanish food for a delicious bargain lunch in the sunshine. I’ll see you on the terrace.

I paid in full for our food. Our drinks were complementary as a part of a promotion available to all customers. Emma knows I’m a blogger. All opinions, words and images are my own. Prices correct at the time of writing.