Encasa translates to 'at home' and the vision is to provide Sydney with 100% authentic Spanish food - similar to what you would find on the streets of Spain. Encasa first opened in 2008 and has been a popular venue since - with almost every night filled with customers, they've expanded to multiple locations.
We started with three different types of olives. Olives are quite salty, oily and can taste very mushy. I prefer green olives (they are slightly harder than black olives) and pickled with different flavours.
We started with cauliflower and blue cheese croquettes which was so soft on the inside and oozing in your mouth. The layer wasn't too crunchy on the outside but the flavour was delicious. Substituting potatoes with cauliflower really made a difference in the texture of the filling.
Ever since we were studying at UTS and when we wanted to treat ourselves to something nice, we'd order the bravas from Encasa. Several years later, the taste is still the same and everything we've ever remembered. The interior has not changed at all and is still flowing with customers. The bravas is fried potato with aioli and spicy tomato salso.
One thing I find most intriguing about authentic places is not the ambiance, interior or people. Can you guess what it might be? The moment when you are not able to read the menu (but still pretend to) hahaha. The dish pictured above is one of Encasa's special, it's scallops wrapped in Jamon with caper vinaigrette and cauliflower puree. The scallop was quite chewy but the flavour was enjoyable. Everything worked so well together - the saltiness from the Jamon together with the sweet cauliflower puree.
It's almost a sin not to order a Paella from a Spanish place. The muscles, prawns, pipi, calamari was cooked perfectly. We wished the prawns were deveined; we got our hands messy and tried to eat around the poop shoot. The rice was cooked perfectly and the paella had bold flavours. This was enough to feed a family of four - the serving size is quite generous.
Snapshots of Food dined as guests of CPM Online Marketing and Encasa