Going into town on the weekend is an exercise I prefer to avoid as the Monday to Friday trudge is enough for one week. For some reason we needed to head into the city centre to look at or pick something up so seeing it was almost lunch o’clock, Encasa Deli down on Bathurst Street was a good contender. Plus I’d been wanting to try try it since they opened towards the end of last year.
The set-up is a neat little parcel of Spanish food to be eaten inhouse and other bits to be purchased for home. Smallgoods and drygoods, predominantly from Spain, cover the deli component. A dazzling array of charcuterie, bacalao, oils, spices, even bathroom products.
Aside from the great coffee they churn out, it was the bocadillo’s that got our appetites. A crusty baguette filled with a variety of tasty ingredients and something that anyone could settle on. Something that became our staple on both previous visits to Spain was the good old bocadillo pa amy tomaquet (8.5), or tomato-rubbed bread with jamon serrano. A simple arrangement and a mighty fine one. I went for a bocadillo with a little more substance – the pepito (13). Consisting of pan-seared medallions of eye fillet, a fried egg, cheese, aioli and lettuce. Man, what a sandwich! Finished off with a second macchiato (3) and a custard tart (3.5), that was our stomach’s sorted for several hours.