El Pecado, Bold Street

It’s always with a small amount of trepidation that I venture to Spanish restaurants in the UK, especially when I have been invited to do a review. I am a massive Hispanophile (it’s a word, I’m sure!). I studied Spanish at university, lived there during my degree and take every day of annual leave (when I can!) in my favourite country. And I am obsessed with the food and culture and ask myself every other day why I don’t live there (answers on a postcard, please!) so I can be a bit of a pain* when it comes to Spanish food and drink (* obnoxious pedant 😂).

When I heard about the opening of El Pecado (the sin) I was intrigued by the name and authentic looking menu (even if it isn’t in Spanish!). I ambled down last week with my friend to try Bold Street’s latest offering. As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I am a small plates fan, it’s a great way of trying more dishes and I like the informal share-sies.

We started with a rosé sangria which was delicious, ice cold and perfect for quaffing on warm day.

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We started with a classic, sourdough toast with tomato. The tomato spread was deliciously garlicky and more-ish, the perfect started for the feast that followed!

We were advised by the lovely waiter that three tapas per head would be enough to get started, we scoffed thinking we would be doing a re-order but the portions are so generous that it really was enough (although we did find space for dessert!).

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Crispy calamari with aioli

 

Photo 23-05-2019, 20 05 15These prawns were phenomenal but the lobster sauce that came with the dish was a bit too rice for me, I asked for extra aioli to go with them!

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Belly pork, chorizo picante and chickpea caldot

This was our favourite dish by an absolute mile. The chickpea stew was amazing and the pork had been slow roasted, it wasn’t chewy like some belly pork can be, the perfect balance of soft and crispy.

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Picos blue and chicory salad, candied walnuts, dates, apple

Token salad as a note to health! Picos blue is my favourite of the blue cheeses so I couldn’t not order it, the candied walnuts were delicious, too.

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Spiced lamb shoulder, baba ganoush, pomegranate syrup, flatbread

As if that wasn’t enough, we were talked into dessert, and glad we were! The churros are delicious and not always on the menu so make sure to ask!

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Churros con chocolate

El Pecado do a fantastic lunchtime menu, three tapas for £12 served between 12pm and 5pm so well worth giving that a try, too.

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All in all, we had a fantastic meal at El Pecado and cannot wait to go back, we’ve already booked a table for next week!

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Liverpool Ice Festival

With only four weeks to go until Christmas (four weeks!! How did that happen?!) the festive spirit is definitely in the air Chez FoodieLiverpoolEats. I’ve been listening to my Christmas playlist since the beginning of November and I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out of the loft. I absolutely love a Christmas activity so when I found out that the Ice Festival was back, I recruited some friends for a Saturday of fun!

The first thing to mention is that if you go to the ice bar, and I recommend that you do, you get a fabulous poncho which makes you look like a jacket potato. As incredibly mature adults (apparently) we found that particularly amusing and kept them on all day so if you saw four 30 years olds walking through town on Saturday afternoon dressed in tinfoil, it was definitely us!

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Jacket potato vibes!

The Ice Bar this year has an Enchanted Forest theme and the frozen sculptures, some of which took up to 200 hours to carve, are amazingly intricate.

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The Ice Bar

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The Tree of Truth- inspired by Rome’s Mouth of Truth

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Seating area- lovely place to hold a meeting!

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Modelled on the throne from The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the ice throne provides a great photo opportunity

But there’s more! This year’s ice skating rink is 25% bigger and the 100ft ice slide has an extra lane for even more icy fun! The ice slide was brilliant and the views are spectacular. I’d insert a picture here but I didn’t take one, we were too busy running back up to the top to slide down again!

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Not only are the activities great but the Christmas market stalls are fantastic. The smell of mulled wine is in the air and there’s melted chocolate all around. The Après Lodge had a great DJ and was really busy, a fantastic chill out area for when you need a little rest from all the fun!

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival runs through Christmas and New Year until 7 January.

Enjoy!

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Ice Festival Liverpool