Last month, I attended a launch event for Pinchos, the latest venture for chef Justin Bell, best known for Jus Burgers – gourmet burger bars in four locations around Perth and in Chapel Street, Melbourne.
Pinchos has moved into the space left by Justin’s hotdog shop in Leederville, Snags & Sons, which he’s relocated to Jus Burgers Northbridge, now known as JUSS – “Jus Burgers and Snags & Sons”.
“Pincho” (Spanish) or “Pintxo” (Basque), pronounced “pin-cho”, means “to pierce” or “to spike”. Pintxos/pinchos are bite-sized snacks typically served on skewers, traditionally served in bars in northern Spain. Perth’s first pintxos bar, Bar de Halcyon opened in the CBD in September last year.
Pinchos’ menu includes skewered/spiked snacks that range between AU$1-$5 (most items priced from $1-$2); small plates/tapas from AU$6-9 (most priced at $6-$7); salads for $9; and dessert and cheese at $9. Larger ‘mixed boards’ (meat, fish or vegetarian) designed to serve 2 people are $28 each. You can wash it all down with Spanish wines at $8 by the glass; Spanish beer and cava starting at $8 per glass; and Pedro Ximenez sherry for $7 per glass. A selection of savoury snacks to go with a drink or two looks to be pretty good value.
Pintxos may seem a surprise move after burgers and hotdogs, but Justin’s no newbie to Spanish cuisine, having spent many a summer in Spain and, pre-Jus Burgers days, opened tapas bars in Sydney and Hong Kong. He adds a twist to some of his dishes – his tender lamb meatballs are sprinkled with dukkah, for instance, which may cause some purists to grumble (the meatballs are delicious though!). Only time will tell what sort of appetite Perth’s got for pintxos, but as we discovered at the launch, the food out of Pinchos’ kitchen is tasty and fun to eat.
Pinchos (Facebook page)
749 Newcastle St, Leederville WA 6007
Telephone: 9228 3008
TFP was invited to attend Pinchos’ celebration event and sampled items from the menu with compliments of Pinchos. All prices quoted were correct at the time of launch and, as with all prices provided on this blog, are subject to change.