06 Mar El Burro, Williamstown
After a short trip to the Westside with the relatives, they were hankering after some Spanish food. We found ourselves at El Burro, not far from the Williamstown foreshore, settling in for a night of tapas feasting.
Menu items are named simply after the star ingredients. 36 month Jamon Serrano is smooth and supple, and not overly salty. Thinly sliced chorizo can be ordered by the board too. The Salsa del Dia is a smooth and smokey eggplant dip, served with warm, super fluffy slices of Turkish bread with crispy crusts.
We tuck into juicy cobs of corn with mayonnaise, paprika and manchego melting on top, then the grilled tiger prawns of the Gamba, which are small but very juicy. Albondigas, beef and pork meatballs, are seasoned with paprika and cayenne pepper, but are a tad dry. Fortunately the accompanying spicy tomato and pea sauce is very good, and provides some moisture.
We partake in the Carne Paella, which is full of pork belly, chicken, chorizo, capsicum, peas, and green beans. The ingredients are exciting, but the rice lacks depth of flavour and salt.
The crumb around the Chorizo and Mushroom Croqueta is crunchy, though quite thick, and the filling is tasty thanks to a plentiful amount of chorizo inside. The scallop, chorizo and caramelised apple combination of the Vieira sounds delicious. They certainly deliver a punchy flavours, but I find the amount of chorizo given overwhelms the more delicate sweetness of the scallops.
Much better is the Cerdo, confit pork belly, which delivers on its promise. The succulent cubes of pork arrive with crispy skin, and a very complementary sweet pear and raisin chutney.
Though some of the tapas at El Burro need a bit of tweaking they’re generally good, and it’s a warm and cosy, local place to enjoy Spanish tapas
209 Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC, 3016
(03) 9399 9292