More tapas and wine are in store for South Austin. El Chipirón soft opens Friday, June 23, on South Lamar Boulevard.
Santander-born chef Pablo Gomez will provide Austin with authentic Spanish cuisine in the form of tapas and pinchos, high-end, bite-sized bar snacks.
"When you travel outside of Spain, you have a hard time finding proper Spanish restaurants," says Gomez in a release. "I feel responsible for spreading knowledge about Spanish culture and doing things the right way."
The menu will focus on classic dishes with modern flair, including unique renditions of oxtail stew and squid ink rice. And, as in Spain, many of the tapas and pinchos can be paired with wine. A full bar will serve a wide variety of Spanish wines and gin and tonics, in addition to a small selection of local and imported beer.
Gomez teamed up with architect Martin Barrera to design the restaurant. The open, modern space features a lovely stone bar with community seating and intimate dining tables.
Look for El Chipirón at 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. on the ground floor of the Bell South Lamar Apartments. During its soft opening, June 23-30, El Chipirón is offering a prix fixe menu and limited hours. A grand opening will take place July 1, with full brunch and dinner service.