My hometown, Williamstown, has been described before as a gastronomic wasteland.
Harsh words yes. But sadly mainly true.
Being such a popular tourist spot, the place is littered with joints serving poor quality, pub style parmas and chips and cafe food at its worst.
So when El Burro, a tiny restaurant serving Spanish tapas opened in the heart of the tourist trap Nelson Place, it was met with excitement and hesitation by locals.
For too long locals have ventured out to sample what Willy has on offer and subsequently been stung too many times by woeful service and food to match.
How do I know this? I was one of them! Until El Burro changed my opinion completely.
The staff here actually, surprise surprise, give a damn about the food they are serving. They also care about the customers. Each time they have gone out of their way to make sure my friends and I were always enjoying ourselves.
There are heaps of vegetarian options, even a vegetarian paella which is pretty hard to come by.
The standouts for me though are the pesto and parmesan arincini balls served with rocket and aioli, the fried goats cheese balls, the amazing sangria and the churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
El Burro has become a frequent local hang out for my group of friends and I, hence why there are so many photos over lots of different times!
Monday nights are $8 tapas nights and the weekend lunches are all $8 tapas as well. I’ve also tried their cocktails which are awesome on a Saturday night before heading out.
I fully recommend getting down to this place not just for the great food, but because we should be supporting local businesses that care about the stuff they’re serving!
All of the frustrated Williamstowners will understand where I’m coming from.