I first heard of Subsolo about a year ago. Someone I knew had dined there and was enjoying telling me about the great Creme brûlée she had that night. So it went on my 'to dine' list!
Subsolo is located a block away from my workplace. Recently on one weeknight I took the opportunity to check it out when a good friend was in town on a work trip.
It is a Spanish restaurant and had a cavernous look and feel to the surrounds. It was quite dark and felt quite spacious. After thoroughly perusing the menu, we decided on sharing all the plates.
Sardinas Fritas - fresh fillets of flash-fried sardines with saffron aioli. Normally I wouldn't have even looked at ordering this dish but AK was keen and I thought why not! Well, I am glad I did agree to it. It was a lovely dish, the sardines were lightly fried and lightly salted and went well with the aioli.
Croquetas de Manchego - cheesy Manchego croquettes. These croquettes are not for the faint hearted. If you are not into strong cheese, I would suggest staying away from it. But we love good cheese and I really enjoyed how cheesy it was. Yum!
Filete de Cadera con Pimenton - paprika rubbed sliced rump with chimichurri butter. There was a slight theatre when the dish was about to be served to us. The young waiter flamed grilled the rump right in front of us with a small blow torch. Sorry, I wasn't quick enough with my camera. But all I can say is that the meat was perfectly cooked, slightly pink and oh so tender.
Panceta de Cerdo con Chorizo - Pork belly with chorizo skewer presented quite dramatically at the table. Wow! Talk about calling attention to the table. I really liked the presentation of this dish - quite impressive! And all I will say is pork belly with chorizo cannot ever go wrong!
And after all that, we still found a spot for dessert. We decided to choose the same dessert and we had the Crema Catalana con Pure de Membrilla. You guessed it! It was the Catalan Creme Brûlée with quince purée. It had a lovely crust and cracked beautifully when yours truly did the gentle tap. And it was deliciously creamy on the inside. Another yum!
All in all, it was a lovely evening of catching up, very enjoyable food and a rather entertaining waiter. Why entertaining? Well, when he first took our order he was convinced we had ordered too much and we had to convince him otherwise. And I think he was slightly taken aback we actually found room for dessert to boot! :)
161 King Street
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