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Encasa Tapas Restaurant

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Published June 24th 2015
A hidden tapas gem - you will want to keep it a secret
Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Winter = Tapas & Sangria & Merry Conversations


It was a cold winter's night and I was glad to get out of the bone-chilling cold wind and into an externally unassuming restaurant called Encasa Restaurante on Pitt Street in Sydney. I was immediately met with heated warmth and excited greetings in Spanish.

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
The newly renovated Encasa


Encasa means ''at home'' in Spanish and it is one of my favourite Spanish restaurants in Sydney. The atmosphere inside Encasa reminded me of a lively and noisy tapas bar in Spain.

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
An Inviting Bar


Pitt Street on Haymarket's end used to be a fairly uninviting street, but over time it reinvented itself as Thaitown and evolved into an eat and drink Sydney hotspot with more and more quality places opening up. Encasa is located just around the corner from the Capitol Theatre, making it an excellent choice for a pre-theatre meal.

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Good range of Tapas Menu Daily Specials


I always like sharing a range of different dishes, flavours and textures in one meal sitting and tapas dining is the perfect way of eating for me. It was a hard choice when we saw the menu, but these are my top tapas picks from Encasa:

1. Sangria De La Casa - Spanish punch with a kick.

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Spanish Sangria with a kick $7 for a FULL glass!


Encasa's special concocted red wine Sangria ($7.00/glass) is a must-order. I have tried many sangria drinks but I have always preferred Encasa's version. We usually started with a glass and without fail, we would order a jug of Sangria half way into the meal.

This Spanish red wine punch was sweet and easy to drink. It was the perfect drink to indulge all the savory tapas to come.

2. Chorizo A La Plancha - Grilled Spanish sausage

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Grilled Spanish Chorizo $12.50. These are SO yum


These grilled chorizo sausages ($12.50) have a nice little heat of its own, but not too spicy. They were really moreish.

3. Croquetas - Cauliflower and Valdeon cheese croquettes

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Cheese croquettes $12.00. Can't share these!


I could never resist a good croquette. Encasa's special cauliflower and Valdeon cheese Croquettes ($12.00) made its way to our table. These were creamy addictive morsels fried to golden perfection.

4. Bravas - Fried potato with aioli and spicy tomato salsa

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Potato Bravas $11.50. I can't stop eating these...


Any Spanish tapas meal would not be complete without the classic deep fried potato cubes - Bravas ($11.50). We fully enjoyed these crispy potato cubes topped with creamy garlic mayonnaise and spicy tomato salsa. I have tried many Spanish restaurant in Sydney and I have say, to date, Encasa's bravas is still the best.

5. Albondigas - Beef meatballs in almond sauce

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Jumbo Meat Balls $14.00 ... These will give you that good home-cooked feeling.


These jumbo spicy beef meatballs ($14.00) come with a tomato-based almond sauce. It was a solid good comfort food full of flavours. My friend said it was the best tapas of the day and he was happy to order repeats.

6. Pinchos De Pollo - Grilled chicken skewers tossed in green mojo

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Healthy grilled chicken skewers with mojo sauce $14.00


These grilled chicken skewers ($14.00) presented themselves on half dinner plate sized portion served with vibrant green mojo sauce and a lemon wedge. They were deliciously tender on the inside but too lightly seasoned on the outside for my liking. My other dining companion actually flavoured this tapas above all.

7. Vieiras En Azafran - Scallops in the shell with saffron, shallots and cream

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
My FAV scallop tapas in saffron sauce $16.00


After some meaty tapas, my eyes lit up at the sight of scallops in shells ($16.00) drenched in a yellow saffron, shallot and cream sauce. These bite-sized scallops were juicy and tender to the bite. My palate danced at the wonderful flavours and textures. This was my absolute favourite tapas and I would order a plain bread roll just to mop up all the delicious sauce.

8. Churros De Chocolate - Chocolate stuffed churros with dipping white chocolate

Encasa, Spanish, Tapas, Sangria, Street Food, Comfort, Cheap, Food & Wine, GMV, Sydney
Chocolate within chocolate Churros $11.00


To end a hearty tapas meal, we were eager to try one of the national desserts of Spain, the Churros. Encasa tweaked the Spanish fried dough pastry sticks slightly. These churros ($11.00) were stuffed with chocolate and comes with a small pot of delectable white chocolate dipping sauce.

It was a divine way to finish the meal.

Encasa's tapas used to be the cheapest and most tastiest in Sydney. However, with the recent renovation and expansion of their Deli business, the tapas prices have been noticeably adjusted.

The service was generally polite and attentive, but the hustle and bustle between kitchen and dining tables can be quite noisy and disruptive specially during Friday nights and the weekends. In addition, the timing of food arrival lacks orderly co-ordination.

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buen provecho!!


This is still a good-value family-owned restaurant that has been around for over 20 years. Overall, the combination of good tapas and service still makes Encasa a revisit in my book.
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Why? For flavorful Spanish Tapas
When: 12pm - 10pm
Phone: (02) 9211 4257
Where: 423 Pitt Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
Cost: Average $30 per person
Your Comment
Great review GMV - Visited Encasa recently definitely recommend the Potato Bravas, Deluxe Sangria and Pasta with Spanish Blue Cheese.
by Richard Ramnac (score: 2|352) 808 days ago
Thanks for your kind comment! Coincidentally, those are my fav, too! Glad you enjoyed the dishes. Cheers GMV
by GiGi GMV (score: 2|312) 797 days ago
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