Bocadillo is Spanish for sandwich. After reading their intriguing sandwich menu on my first visit to Encasa Restaurant in Lane Cove, I returned on the weekend to road test these lunch favourites personally.
While bocadillos emerged from peasant food, over time these long Spanish rolls have evolved into universally popular Spanish eats. There’s nothing particularly peasant-like about the tender eye fillet medallions on the Pepito ($16.00). With fried egg and cheese, as well as lettuce, tomato and aioli, this is a dense, stomach-satisfying lunch.
Presented on long freshly baked baguettes, the bocadillos here are presented without fanfare, sliced in half on shiny silver plates.
Before you get too disappointed, turn your Boquerones ($12) around and see the tiny little white anchovies poking out. They’re left the star of this crusty roll by being teamed with soft, semi-sweet confit piquillo peppers and a roast garlic aioli.
I was also pleased to see that since my last visit, their long-awaited liquor license has finally appeared, allowing me to up the ante on lunch with a fruity glass of Sangria ($8.50).
NOTE: See a dinner review of this restaurant HERE.
Encasa Restaurant Lane Cove
132 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
Ph: (02) 9418 8577