Welcome to Pata Negra, an intimate tapas and wine bar with friendly and professional staff located on Stirling Highway in Nedlands.
We started with a delicious Turkish delight martini!
And a Pomegranate capricoska, fresh and bright with a delightful pomegranate flavour, a great light cocktail to enjoy with dinner.
Overwhelmed with the large number of delicious dishes on the menu, and eager to try as much as possible, we elected to get the ‘degustation’ option. This gave the chef the power to select ten dishes for us, and not necessarily those listed on the menu. Needless to say, we were pretty excited to sample ten of the best tapas courses on offer!
The first dish consisted of olives, as well as spiced and salted almonds. There were lots of different varieties of olives, small to large, with a delicious pop of flavour exploding in your mouth. A good start to the meal.
The next dish was a selection of cured meats, including fennel sausage, and jamon serrano ham. The jamon serrano was brilliant, just loaded with flavour. The fennel sausage was a little fatty and I’ve never been that fond of fennel but everyone else at the table loved it. The Iberian ham had a lovely full bodied flavour, we were unanimous in our enjoyment.
Next came mountain bread and a fresh hommus dip. The bread reminded us more of turkish bread, it was fresh and hot, soft and just perfect to mop up the hommus with. Despite knowing there were many courses to come, we finished all of the bread and dip. We still would happily have eaten more if it were placed in front of us.
Our next dish was a grilled squid. It was enjoyable and well cooked, but nothing to particularly rave about, or that really stuck in your mind.
The prawn dish had a subtle charred flavour and was smothered in a lovely pesto sauce.
The grilled zucchini was just delightful, soft and delicate, with a refined flavour.
The next to arrive was a fabulous chorizo and green bean dish. This dish was just packed with flavour. The burst of meaty chorizo, a rich tomato sauce and the green bean to carry it all, made for a great dish.
Then came the pork cutlet, beautifully moist and delectable meat, perfect straight off the bone.
For the first time I had an opportunity to try quail meat. I wasn’t sure about it initially (smaller animal, greater cuteness, more guilt) but it was really tasty. It came with lemon, but it wasn’t necessary, the lovely BBQ flavour and tender meat spoke for itself. If it’s this good I’ll have to try it again.
Finally dessert! A sherry ice cream with Spanish donut and raisin. The ice cream was deliciously creamy and light, great dipped with the crispy edged donut. The donut itself was cooked to perfection, and considering the difficulty in finding a well cooked churro we were very impressed. The chewy raisins worked to compliment the sherry flavour. All in all, a satisfying dessert and something we’d order again.
Pata Negra do their version of a degustation well. It was great to allow them to serve us with the best, and we felt we got to try more of everything, and more adventurous options then we might have chosen ourselves. Pata Negra is one of our celebration restaurants that we return to at various milestones and it continues to meet our expectations.