I’ve probably said this before, but tapas are my ALL TIME favorite food. So when my friend Gustavo was planning his birthday brunch, I didn’t want to influence him too much as he was the birthday boy, but I was pretty happy we went with Dupont’s Boqueria. We had a group of about seven people, which thrilled me additionally as large groups for tapas means you can try everything. Estadio is another of my favorites and I always try to round up a crowd for that too.
We got the prix fixe brunch for $39 a person. As with most all-you-can-eat deals, the whole table must participate, so I’d recommend making sure everyone is down before going. While we browsed the menu, deciding where to start, our server offered to order for us. She asked if we had any dietary restrictions (we had one vegetarian) and went from there. This ended up perfect because we were able to get right to drinking and gossiping instead of strategizing the food plan.
So, drinks. They have three sangrias (white, red, and rosé) and mimosas. You can switch between them too which of course we love. That being said, most of our table went with the Sangría Rosado and liked it and just stuck with it. If possible I like to make it easy for the server to refill promptly and without much discussion.
The first thing she brought out was bacon, which combined with the first round of sangría made everyone very happy. After this the food kept rolling in: asparagus, scrambled eggs with mushrooms and goat cheese, lamb meatballs, pancakes with peaches… I did find myself waiting for a few specific items I really wanted though, like pan con tomato with manchgo cheese and jamón. My other favorites I wanted were tortilla española and patatas bravas. I was pacing myself at the beginning in anticipation of these things. Next time I would probably mention the items I wanted to ensure getting them and getting them sooner. The salads were probably the least favorite as they’re the least sharable and also healthiest. Next time I’d also try to identify anything I didn’t think we’d want and let the server know that as well.
For dessert they have churros y chocolate and Piña Inopia, which was basically pineapple with molasses and lime zest. I was definitely slowing down by this point but I do love me some churros. I tried to ask the group what their favorite dish was and got a lot of answers. More pancakes were definitely ordered. Personally I liked the tortilla, which reminds me of Spain…
During brunch of course I was Instagramming the play by play, and my mom immediately texted me requesting that we go to Boqueria when my family visits around the holidays. I hesitated because I have a family of difficult eaters, but I do think Boqueria is a great place for groups and does have something for everyone.
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