I actually stumbled on Berrinche by accident (although it’s close to the main Avenida, just behind the main post office) a few days before it opened, and thought it looked promising. Finally a couple of weeks later I came back – and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s quite cosy, with about half a dozen tables around the bar, unpretentious but with a nice open feel. Also with friendly barman/owner Pepe to give us a few recommendations. Pepe also runs the Tenderete bar in barrio Santa Cruz, an earlier version of which used to be one of my late night stop (back when I was young enough to do late night stops). Berrinche is Pepe’s second venture and it looks – and tastes – like it’s going to be a success.
The food was excellent, including some properly crunchy Patatas Berrinche (like patatas bravas but with Moroccan spices), prawn croquettes with lovely chunks of prawn in them (this doesn’t often happen), wonderful breaded swordfish, and a grilled pluma from heaven. I always love it when I can recommend small neighbourhood bars like this.
Tomas de Ibarra 20
Tel 954 966 390
Open 13.00 – 16.30 / 20.00 – midnight
€ € €
Food 8 | Wine 7 | Service 8 | Ambiance 7
croquetas: prawn & chipirones ; duck mousse
breaded swordfish sticks with citrus mayo
bravas Berrinche – with Moroccan spices
grilled pluma Ibérica and veggies, mashed potato, hierbabuena mayo
affable owner Pepe