If you’ve been looking for a paella place that also serves tapas, or small plates, then you’ll want to check out Barraca, which has opened at the Blue Star Complex, 1420 S. Alamo St.
The restaurant, located across the alley from Stella, offers dishes you would expect from Spain plus a few surprises.
The menu now features a host of tapas, including gazpacho, papas bravas and a tortilla españ0la, all traditional servings. But the list goes on to include Coca de Tocino, pork belly with manchego, serrano ham and a spicy aioli; Pulpo Asado, grilled octopus with mixed greens and romesco sauce; and Piquillos Rellenos, peppers stuffed with duck carnitas.
Other small plates include grilled asparagus with a leek sauce; a croqueta with serrano ham and manchego; quinoa with orange, olives and asparagus; and Mejillones, mussels and clams in a tomato-saffron broth.
The paellas, which serve two, include a Borraca with roasted lamb shank, mussels and chorizo; seafood, with shrimp, fish, mussels, clams and squid; carne with pork lamb, chicken and chorizo; and Fideua with fideo, chicken, chorizo, shrimp and mussels.
Desserts include freshly fried churros with a spiced chocolate mousse and caramel-white chocolate sauce; Crema Catalana, which is akin to flan; goat cheese cheesecake; and Chocolate Crema Catalana.
Several Spanish wines are on the menu by the glass and at least one Spanish beer, Estrella, is available on tap.
The restaurant is an outgrowth of Javier Flores’ food truck, Cheeks and Chops, and he plans on offering his famous pork belly sandwich in a slightly different form when Barraca opens for lunch. Right now, the restaurant is only open for dinner. Plans are for lunch to follow as soon as next week. Current hours are 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
For more information, call (210) 445-2203.