A new month brings a new pop up to 1000 Trades, and I can’t deny I was absolutely buzzing to find out it was El Borracho de Oro taking over the kitchen.
Led by El Borracho de Oro’s head honcho (and absolute gem) Emma-Louise Yufera, I was hoping for big Spanish flavours and some bespoke dishes; I got both, and then some.
The Jewellery Quarter venue hosts monthly residencies for restauranteurs to take over the venue’s kitchen and knock out lunch and dinner. Last month was Salt & Earth (which included some insanely delicious fried chicken); for March it’s El B.
I last visited 1000 Trades for drinks at The Vanguard upstairs, but this time I arrived purely with food in mind. The menu – as usual with the kitchen takeovers here – is varied and offers both meat and veggie options. At lunchtimes the focus is on pimped up sandwiches, whereas small plates and Tapas-style dishes are the evening’s focus.
Incapable of saying no to cheese and bread, the Sándwich Sobrasada y Manchego (£5.50) was a given. Providing a substantial and seriously sexy lunch, the paprika-spiked soft sausage and tangy Manchego provided a rich and gooey toastie filling. But it’s the crunch of the just-fried bread encasing all that chorizo and cheese loveliness that makes the difference. It’s simple but absolutely glorious.
Catalan-inspired Piquillo Relleno (£6.95) offered piquillo peppers stuffed with Bacalao (or salt cod) and parsley before being baked. The sweet ruby red peppers benefited from a healthy glug of olive oil, and complemented the crumbly savoury and herby stuffing. I didn’t get as much of the garlic flavour the menu promised, but it was still enjoyable.
My classic Spanish Omelette (£5.50) was generous in portion and immediately sparked a memory of a sunny afternoon in Barcelona with my mum. Littered with flecks of smoked black pudding, this to me is Spanish comfort food with the volume turned up. It’s homely and filling, and spiked with garlic from the liberal drizzle of alioli sauce.
Honest, authentic and delicious. El Borracho de Oro can usually be found on Harborne Road in Edgbaston, but if you’re looking for an introduction to the flavours available, this pop up is a great way to frequent yourself with the style of grub available.
I liked it so much I’ve already booked myself a table for the weekend for more, and there’s still three weeks left. Go!
Will you be visiting 1000 Trades for this pop up? Let me know in the comments.
1000 Trades, 16 Fredrick Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B1 3HE
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