As a Food Blogger, I like to visit eateries that are new or ones I haven’t been to (in that order). On a wet and blustery night, together with fellow bloggers Tempting Palates, we checked out one of the new kids on the block along the Marina Pier, Si Senorita. Serving Spanish tapas they offer a selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian small dishes, larger plates, paella and pasta.
The space is very warm and inviting. Set in a large open plan area, there is a long bar to one side of the room and a more casual dining space towards the rear. Its position along the Marina is unique with multiple frontages that allow plenty of natural light to flow through.
When it came to ordering, the original plan was to order two dishes each and then share them amongst the table. After a bit of thought, we then decided to go for the “Senorita Please Feed Me” option for $59 per person. With this particular deal, Chef Pepe decides what dishes will be brought out and the menu assures us that no one leaves hungry. One of the risks of allowing the establishment to choose dishes for you is that they often select the cheapest dishes from the menu. Anyway, only time was going to tell what the experience was going to be like.
All the starters were quick to come out, one of which was the Hot Mini Loaf. The bread was stale and it wasn’t a great start to the evening.
The Senorita Embutidos Board was a platter made up of chorizo, jamon, salchichoin, morcilla, cheese and Spanish omelette. The Spanish omelette was the classic variety and served cold. The scrambled egg mixture was soft and firm, and the thinly sliced potatoes were quite starchy.
The Paella Arancini Balls were simply amazing! Utilising the ingredients from a vegetarian paella, the well seasoned rice and vegetables were combined with Manchego and Parmesan cheeses to create something that was moist and full of flavour. The Arancini Balls were sitting on layers of Romesco puree and garlic aioli which gave the dish more depth. If I was going to be critical, I thought the Arancini Balls were fried too long and the exterior was more crunchier than it should have been.
The Albondigas was also another highlight of the night. The handmade pork and beef meat balls were tender and succulent, and full of flavour. The rich Spanish tomato suge was well infused into the meat making this a very tasty dish.
The Alitas De Pollo are chicken wings roasted with smoked paprika and mixed with a tomato salsa. The chicken was soft and tender, and the meat simply fell off the bone. The flavour was really bland and the tomato salsa didn’t do much to help it.
The Pinchos De Pollo are marinated chicken skewers that are topped with tomato salsa and saffron. Just like the last dish, the chicken as tender and succulent, and perfectly cooked, but even the salsa in this one couldn’t help it from tasting bland.
The Creme Brulee with Blood Orange Gelato was the first of our desserts. The creme brulee was blow torched to lovely golden brown, and the caramelisation was thin and delicate. The custard was soft and creamy with subtle notes of vanilla, however, it was a little too runny for my liking.
The Churros were freshly fried to a nice golden brown and there was a generous amount of cinnamon applied. The chocolate dipping sauce was disappointing as it was watery, and very little of it stuck to the churros.
Unlike some of the reviews that have been written about the place, we thought the service was really good. The meals came out really quickly, drinks were constantly refilled and even the owner joined us in taking food photos. The atmosphere was very relaxed, although the Latino tunes playing in the background did make you want to get up and dance.
As mentioned earlier, each person in the group payed $59 for their “Senorita Please Feed Me” package. As predicted, we got all the cheap dishes which didn’t represent good value for the price we were paying. On top of that, only two of the dishes were a standout, while the rest were mediocre.
Service and atmosphere was great. Food was average.
WHERE: Lights Landing Holdfast Shores, Marina Pier, Shop 6/3 Chappell Drive, Glenelg