We have fond memories of the original Encasa in the city as one of the first Spanish restaurants we tried in Sydney, which kicked off our love affair with the cuisine. Fortunately for us, Encasa has expanded to the lower north shore with an eatery on the main strip in Lane Cove, decked out in rustic chic decor.
We stopped by for lunch one weekend and tried out a few tapas – including our old favourite, the Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with aioli and spicy tomato salsa which were as garlicky and delicious as ever) and the Jamon Iberico Croquetas which were creamily smooth and moreish. We also enjoyed one of their specials, which was the Chorizo a la Sidra (chorizo sausage poached in cider) that was packed full of flavour.
Patatas Bravas, $11.5
Chorizo a la Sidra, $13
For our more substantial tapas dishes, we shared the Pinchos Morunos which showcased prime lamb fillet that had been marinated in aromatic Moroccan spices and we each had a piece of the flavoursome Pepito Bocadillo sandwich which featured tender eye fillet medallions paired with fried egg, cheese, tomato, lettuce and more of that tasty aioli.
Pinchos Morunos, $17
Pepito Bocadillo, $16
The newer outpost of Encasa still lives up to our memories of quality, authentic tapas in the city and the variety of options on their sharing menu keeps things interesting with something for everyone, making it a great spot for catch ups – especially since there’s plenty of seating inside or outside on the sidewalk.
132 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Telephone: (02) 9418 8577