If you are staying in Sotogrande of nearby, take a trip to nearby Torreguadiaro to indulge in some sensational tapas at InBoca.
Situated right next to the much revered ´Pura Tapa´, which is a different review for a different day, InBoca offers some of the best tapas I have eaten on the Costa del Sol. Fresh, innovative and truly delicious, the choice and quality of food is fantastic.
Greeted warmly by the barman and chef, we settled at the bar for a couple of pre-lunch drinks. The barman told us that any bottles of wine on the list could also be ordered by the glass, which was music to my ears.
There is no excuse for serving poor house wine in Spain. We all know how much they pay for it, and to serve inferior wine for enormous profit, is quite simply WRONG! Rant over….
In complete contrast to the ex-pat haunts of Sotogrande Port, and the British-style pubs in nearby Duquesa, InBoca attracts the locals, and is usually packed with Spanish families at the weekends who come to enjoy the warm atmosphere and the superb food.
Situated in an unassuming building beneath an apartment block, the decór and stylish interior of the bar is a pleasant surprise. Elegant, minimalist and attractive with a well-lit bar and plenty of high tables with stools, InBoca is everything that a modern-day tapas bar should be.
We were the first to arrive (1pm is more like late breakfast time for many Spaniards) but every seat was taken by 2.30pm.
Blackboards offer ´Specials of the Day´ including such delicacies as ´cream of fresh artichokes with foie gras´ and ´black seafood rice with prawns, alioli and basil´.
The waiter recommended crispy langoustines with basil mayonnaise, which were delicious, and served with home-made rustic bread.
We followed this with the lemon boquerones, which were so fresh, they were almost jumping off the plate. Something of a local delicacy in southern Spain, boquerones are slightly larger than whitebait but smaller than sardines, and are usually eaten whole. These were among the best I have eaten anywhere on the Costa del Sol. The fish were lightly fried and served with a slice of lemon, black pepper and mayonnaise, and were so good we ordered an extra portion.
Keeping with a fishy Friday theme, we then tried the tuna sashimi with seaweed which was stunning. Cooked medium rare and encased in a lighter than light batter, the dish was served with a sweet and spicy chilli dip. Again, we ordered an extra portion.
To finish off we shared a mini oxtail hamburger with crispy onions…absolutely delicious. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked, the bread home-made and the salsa a perfect accompaniment. Over fifty different tapas are offered at InBoca, plus a range of home-made desserts including: A glass of Pannacotta with strawberry cream and a red fruit compote, which we would have tried had we not eaten so many tapas!
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