Address: 256 Roy Street East, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1M6
Official website: http://pintxo.ca
Chef Alonso Ortiz offers patrons an impressive selection of unique and savoury pintxo dishes inspired by the flavours from his Mexican upbringing and his years studying Basque gastronomy. A pintxo, in Basque culture, is not unlike tapas, with the difference being a pintxo consists of a small portion of bread topped with an ingredient held together by a toothpick or skewer. Over half of the menu is dedicated to these tapas like dishes in addition to a dégustation menu option for lunch and supper meal times.
For your first visit, I would recommend the chef’s dégustation menu offering 3 or 4 pintxos dishes and a main dish as a great way to fill your curiosity and hunger.
An example of a dinner degustation menu:
- Grilled chorizo and octopus, chickpea puree marinated red onions and citrus vinaigrette followed by foie gras torchon (of generous size) with onion confit and stuffed fig with serrano ham and mahon cheese.
Unsure of what wine to choose? Don’t hesitate to ask your waiter for suggestions. You’ll find the individual pintxos dishes perfectly sized to tease your palate while allowing you to keep the conversation going with your table mates as you wait for your next dish. As for the main dishes, they are as flavourful as the pintxo dishes.
Located just off the “Main”, Pintxo is neatly tucked away on a quiet street which adds to the restaurant’s ambiance as a cozy location for an intimate gathering of friends or family. Reservations are strongly suggested given the close quarters and are required for groups of 6 or more.