How can anyone say no to $5 Sangria Sundays?! I certainly couldn’t when looking for a comfy spot to hang out on a Sunday, I decided it was finally time to try Enrique’s School for Bullfighting.
This is a super fun and quirky bar on the Beaufort St, Highgate strip, with a cool Spanish vibe, an amazing array of gin to satisfy all those gin aficionados out there, great tapas and delicious Sangria’s. Enrique’s is brought to you by the same people responsible for the Beaufort Local and The Shorehouse and has it’s own unique personality with loads of fun.
We were pretty excited about the sangria’s (if you couldn’t tell already) so they were ordered straight away. We chose the red but they also do white and rosé and it’s served with port sherbet and grilled peach rum syrup. Yum! The sangria was sweet enough for me without adding the sherbet but I was taken back to my childhood just by eating this straight out of the jar.
A sangria or two in we decided it was time to order some food. First up we had the duck liver parfait brioche sandwiches. This would have to be one of the best combinations ever! It was delicious. Soft, sweet, toasted brioche and a creamy, rich parfait, so moorish I definitely could have devoured more of these.
Next up we had the crispy squid sliders with creamed corn and jalapeño cos slaw. I’m a total wimp when it comes to chilli so I was a bit worried about the jalapeño but it wasn’t overpowering. It was nice and creamy and had a slight warmth rather than a chilli hit. The squid was crispy and tender and the corn gave it a bit of sweetness. These were delicious too!
Still a little hungry we ordered the jamon and manchego croquetas with manchego aioli, which were a joy to eat. Simple, super cheesy and with a perfect crunch. These were golden little gems that were devoured in an instant.
Last up we went with the asparagus salad with manchego, crumbed egg, rocket and paprika aioli. This was a lovely fresh end to the meal and I really enjoyed the rocket and grilled asparagus. This was well seasoned with the aioli and cheese and was a really tasty salad. Wasn’t totally sold on the crumbed egg but it added an interesting element to the dish.
Enrique’s was a delightful, fun way to spend a Sunday, the staff were lovely, service was great, food was delicious and don’t forget about those $5 Sangria’s.
I’ve heard that they are closing in late May to reopen in July as Enrique’s Mustachio Academy (if the current name isn’t hard enough to say) so if it’s on your list and you haven’t been you should get down there before it changes. I’m sure they will still be fabulous when they reopen, apparently we should expect some garish and outlandish changes to the decor and cocktails, with a focus on a $55 six course set menu and will be open later.
Put it on your list for the Sangria Sundays and other specials they have during the week or if you’re a fan of gin and you haven’t been there, you’re missing out. With it’s relaxed, fun vibe and awesome play list, think Def Leppard, ACDC and Kylie, Enrique’s will suit any sort of date night.