Jimmy Blanco is without hesitation, the type of place you want to spend your Saturday night. The food, the drinks, the ambiance = it has “good fun” written all over. And on Saturday nights, their dinner menu turns into a tapas menu, a live band appears, and then you know you’re in for a good time!
We started off with a pisco sour, a South American cocktail that was absolutely deeeeelish! Consisting of pisco, lime juice, syrup, eggwhite and bitters. It has a very distinct sourness that you absolutely cannot miss which is coupled with a little bit of sweetness. It’s refreshing and has a generous alcoholic kick, so watch out!
Our tapas night started with a Peruvian salmon ceviche with avocado, mixed herbs, mango salsa and a touch of spice. This is fresh, it’s delicious and it’s the perfect starter.
Another fantastic starter and to be quite honest, a must order, is the jalapeno poppers. Who doesn’t love a spicy (but not too spicy) pepper filled with warm oozy melted cheese that is deep fried to perfection?
And a night full of tapas would not be complete without a serving of empanadas. One was filled with a spicy minced wagyu beef – and the favourite! And the other was filled with spinach and feta. That pastry was pure flaky heaven!
We then moved on to the more substantial plates. Slow roasted pulled pork sliders with a sticky BBQ sauce, coleslaw, garlic aioli on a mini brioche bun. Ah yes. A crowd pleaser for sure, pulled pork always gets the votes!
We also tried the more healthier halloumi sliders. Halloumi, Mexican style salsa, cumin infused guacamole, garlic aioli, butter lettuce on a mini brioche bun. A completely different combination of flavours to the pork, so recommended to try both if you have the stomach space!
Next up we delicious chargrilled banana prawns, garlic aioli, avocado and a deconstructed Mexican salsa. Juicy plump prawns that were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Prawns, a must on every tapas menu!
The beef short ribs were tender and succulent. Slow cooked for 24 hours and served with a housemade slaw. The Carolina sticky BBQ glaze is very sweet but otherwise, the meat was melt in the mouth tender.
Our vegetable hit came in the form of a chorizo, corn and black bean salad. Fried Rodriguez chorizo with spanish onion, charred corn, black beans and baby rocket. Not exactly a healthy salad but who’s looking to eat healthy on a Saturday night out! Loved the chorizos and corn in this.
Our last savoury dish was the mini beef nachos. Chilli con carne, parmesan, jalapeno, cumin infused guacamole on corn chips. The corn chips are splayed out in the shape of a flower making it very easy to tackle this dish. And the perfect amount to round off our dinner.
Dessert was a tasting board of 3 variations of alfajores, a cookie sandwich very popular in Colombia. They’re not actually on the menu, so they may only be weekend specials. If you see them on offer, be sure to order a platter!
Jimmy Blanco trades all day so if you’re only in need of coffee, then look no further. However, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you were not to take advantage of their awesome tapas menu. Bite sized morsels of delicious latino inspired food as you down a couple of cocktails. We can think of no better way we’d like to spend our Saturday night!
54 Foveaux Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Contributed by Susan who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys