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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Iruna

7217 E. First St. (Scottsdale Rd.) Send to Phone
480-398-3020
Aaron May brings us a taste of Spain with tapas and cocktails in a funky, hip lounge ambience.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Iruna Restaurant Review

: Owner Aaron May just can’t be stopped. As quickly as he closes one restaurant, he opens another. In this snazzy salute to Spain, set in an industrial warehouse and dressed up with an ornate wood bar and offbeat artwork, he goes for a lounge-funky flavor that encourages drinking as much as eating. The food, served as small plates, is good, though uneven: ensalada de arroz con atún (salad of tuna and rice) is dull, and salpicón de cangrejo (crab salad) isn’t reliably fresh, but then the kitchen sends out a first-rate lobster decorated with corn and Serrano ham, truly garlic-rich gambas al ajillo (shrimp), and addictive little chicken meatballs perfumed with truffle jus. No complaints about cocktails, though, and the staff keeps them coming, popping in with the request “refill?” before we can take our first slurp. Especially good is the sangría, in red or white, and happy hour offers discounts inviting enough that the occasional clunker dish still goes down easy.

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