Sometimes you don’t realise that something is missing until it turns up in front of you. When I was little our local suburban Chinese restaurant was traditional. By traditional I mean they served chicken and corn soup for entree and beef in black bean sauce for mains. But best of all were the meals that came out on fire. It’s the sort of theatrics that were left in the 80’s and just isn’t seen in restaurants anymore.
And that is why when the waitress poured sherry over my chorizo and set it on fire I knew things were going to be good. The blue flame wrapped around the spicy sausage, the grill plate below it sizzled and the piquant smell reached my nostrils.
Sebroso has only been open for a few months but it does appear to be making a name for itself in the restaurant glut that is Pakington St, Geelong West. It serves a long list of tapas type items, designed for sharing over a few vinos but there are also main meals available. The tapas items are generally good value however some of the seafood items are not so generous, more of a taste than a snack.
The stand out on the menu are the croquetas (Spanish croquettes). They are such a simple combination of ham, cheese and crumbing but sometimes it’s the simple things that are the best. They were crunchy on the outside and impossibly creamy on the inside, to the point where it is a wonder that they even hold together. At $3.50 a serve they were exceptional value. Don’t even consider sharing these.
Also ordered were eggplant chips, batons of crumbed eggplant deep fried, served on a wooden board with a mayonnaise and a cumin spiked tomato relish.
There was however definitely something missing from Sebroso and I mused over this while chewing on a tasty piece of chorizo. More friends, that’s what was missing! More friends mean that you can order more plates of tapas to taste and share. That can only be a good thing.