Looking a little on the cheesy side complete with bright yellow signage and comic-sans looking font, I'll be honest to tell you that I wasn't expecting much when I was brought in by a friend.
Walking in, I was surprised to find the inside bustling with after-hours business men and women, and luckily we were able to catch the last table available at 7pm (it would be fully booked by 8pm). Diving into the menu, we ordered from the tapas menu the 'Patatas Bravas' (fried potato with garlic mayonaise and tomato salsa), and the 'Pulpo a la Plancha' (fresh grilled baby octopus). From past experiences of bad grilled baby octopi, i.e. mushy and watered down, this one was certainly satisfying. The elasticity and the chewiness of the texture complimented the fresh grilled saltiness of the dish excellently, and reminded me again of why octopus is and will always be my favourite seafood. A simple yet enjoyable dish. The fried potatoes were decent but I had pictured pan fried potato with intricate sauces, and got chunky pseudo-french fries with what look liked mayo and tomato sauce variants. I guess I was a tad over expectant in that respect. However this dish was flavoursome and served as a good filler.
On top of this, we ordered a jug of Sangria (a sweet wine based fruit punch). Inherently fearsome of overbearing sweetness in punch concoctions, I pleasantly enjoyed this beverage on the contrary, with my female counterpart agreeing to my predicament.
Next, we ordered the 'Toledo' medium sized pizza, which consisted of chorizo, artichoke, capsicum and olives. Although the dish seemed a tad on the small size when first served, the quality and amount of cheese on the dish more than made up for my suspicions, both in taste and in filling me up.
Encasa Tapas Restaurant is found in amongst a strip of rather inconspicuous restaurants on Pitt Street between Capital Theatre and World Square, and easy to miss if you happen to be walking by. If you are not too fussed on fancy aesthetics and looking for a quick bite to eat with value, here is another place to jot down on your list of eat-outs. With a pay-out of around $60 for three, I would certainly take my friends here for an after-work hours catch up. I don't know how authentically 'Spanish' the dishes turned out to be, but it sure was tasty. Encasa is a place that isn't too overbearing, rather, somewhere cozy, where I wouldn't mind coming back to time and time again.
Rating: six out of eight grilled octopus tentacles.
I've eaten at Encasa a few times before & ordered the Patatas Bravas twice and both times it was delicious and had nicely fried potato cubes, so it's a disappointment that you didn't have the same deliciousness!