by Sophie Gayot
After my very good tapas dinner at José Andrés’ Jaleo restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week, I wanted to try more Spanish small plates. I decided to head to Bar Pintxo, chef Joe Miller’s restaurant in Santa Monica, California.
I had a disappointing meal when I first visited soon after its December of 2007 opening, but hadn’t been since the arrival of chef David Plonowski about a year and half ago. On my return, I just did not want to leave and wanted to try more and more of his dishes. They are small, so it is easy to ask for more.
Watch my exclusive video interview with chef David Plonowski to discover the dishes I enjoyed. Hopefully, it will whet your appetite! One warning: the restaurant does not take reservations for parties under 6, and it gets quite busy, so smaller groups may have to wait.
Congratulations to chefs Joe Miller, who is the man behind Joe’s in Venice, and David Plonowski as Bar Pintxo is now on GAYOT Top 10 Los Angeles Small Plates Restaurant list. Check out the rest of the list to learn what other places are among the Top 10 Small Plates restaurants in the Los Angeles area. I also raised the rating one more point in our rating system, and wrote a new review.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from the Bar Pintxo restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.