If you’ve wondered for months and months what was happening at the northeast block of Manchaca Road and Lamar Boulevard, wonder no more. Spanish chef Pablo Gomez will open his tapas and pinchos restaurant, El Chipirón, this weekend at 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. The first week will serve as a soft opening with limited hours, with the grand opening taking place July 1.
The tapas and pinchos menus will include bites like fried calamari, shrimp, and pork meatballs. In addition to the small plates, El Chipirón will serve fixed dinner menus with dishes like Gulf shrimp cooked over the griddle with a seaweed and sea water air; creamy rice made with squid in its own ink, sautéed veggies and ali-oli sauce foam; and Cordoba-style oxtail.
“When you travel outside of Spain, you have a hard time finding proper Spanish restaurants,” Gomez said. “I feel responsible for spreading knowledge about Spanish culture and doing things the right way.”
The bar features 20 to 30 Spanish wines, several Spanish beers, and a few local labels, as well as house specialties like red vermouth to accompany the pinchos and Spanish gin and tonics
The first week of service will include dinner nightly, and brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. After July 1, the restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch served on the weekends. Reservations can be made online.