I loved everything, and many of the plates reminded me of Sundays spent at my paternal grandmother’s house growing up.
Opening night at Barlata. Apparently me and everyone else in Austin couldn’t wait for this place to open, because on opening night the restaurant was at capacity and the wait was well worth it. Lucky for me I dined with some friends of the owners of the restaurant, Daniel and Vanessa, so we gave them full reign to send over whatever they felt like giving us. I loved everything, and many of the plates reminded me of Sundays spent at my paternal grandmother’s house growing up. Highlights were the Gambas Ajillo (garlic shrimp), grilled Chorizo with garbanzos, and the three Paellas we tried, especially the Arros Negre (black rice) served with squid, squid ink, and clams. Definitely worth noting is the tomato dessert we had, probably one of the most creative and delicious desserts I’ve ever had. We also had a bottle of the 2009 Protos Tinto Ribera del Duero wine, which was incredible, and even more incredible was the $34 price tag.