During my high school days, snacking was pretty much an extensive hobby within my cohort. Signs about “no eating in class” were pushed away as shiny chip packets rose from backpacks.
You could imagine my excitement when I finally got to try out Barrafina Tapas for its wide assortment of appetisers and finger food. The perk of tapas would be the ability to give each dish a little peck, kind of like speed dating. Yes, i just compared food to speed dating.
Located in the CBD, I was expected to be seated amongst important-looking people in important-looking suits. I was just casually whipping out my DSLR whilst the table next to us discussed their stakeholders and how Bianca from level 10 makes a shit coffee.
Soft Shell Crab Slider ($7 each)
There’s a lot of pressure choosing items on the menu when you’re a self proclaimed foodie. Although, there are a lot of things that sell me out – soft shell crab is one of them. Also, if you know me well enough, I’m a sucker for mini versions of anything.
The savoury crab had the satisfying crunch of a well fried crustacean, balancing well with the creamy avocado mousse and chipotle mayo. If this slider was a date, we’re off to a good start.
Seared Yellowfun Tuna, Black Sesame, Peach and Chilli Vinaigrette ($22)
I was so glad I asked for a recommended dish because not only was this dish pleasing to the eye, it was bombdigity in your mouth. The play of textures were great with the grainy sesame against the soft melt-in-your-mouth tuna. On the dating radar, this dish would be the guy that tries to be cool and manly but he’s all soft and sensitive on the inside.
Pan-seared Scallops with Chorizo and Sweet Corn Puree ($23)
You know what else i’m a sucker for? Scallops. The wild chorizo was great at punching some spice in the naturally mild scallops and sweet corn puree.
Grilled Octopus ($20)
This vibrant dish holds cuts of grilled octopus with mint – cucumber yoghurt, preserved lemon and chilli. The mint in the yoghurt and lemon were a refreshing kick for the grilled octopus. All in all, grilled octopus would be the decent guy that knew how to dress himself properly.
Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Chicken Pintsox ($12)
The chicken was soft and succulent but lacked the rosemary garlic flavour I was looking forward to. Just like the last guy I went out with, the dish wasn’t bad, just nothing great.
White Chocolate Parfait, Pistachio Crumbs and Berries ($10)
Like many of my other food weaknesses, white chocolate brought me to my knees. The crumbs worked well with the sweet white chocolate and sour berries.
Belgium Waffles, warm banana toffee caramel, vanilla bean gelato ($12)
There is ALWAYS room for waffles, so this dish was a must for the day. The toffee had crisped up on the corners of the waffles giving it a great crunch against the soft caramelised bananas.
Barrafina Tapas Bar
2 Bligh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Contributed by Katrina who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys