Regular guest quester Freya and I have been having a little difference of opinion, recently. She is of the view that Spanish tapas place Serrano Manchego has improved out of all recognition of late, while I reckon it’s pretty much the same as it ever was – decent but with frequent weak dishes.
To continue the debate, we agreed to visit neutral tapas territory. Curiously neither of us had visited popular South African/Spanish tapas favourite Indaba (although I have a visited their splendid Deli near Summerhall a couple of times) so that seemed a good plan.
The fabric of the place is much as I remember it from previous incarnations as Coconut Grove. They have an exciting new neighbour in the shape of the third restaurant from the Sushiya/Kanpai team opening next door very shortly. It will create a buzzing little Tollcross stretch.
The menu blends South African and Spanish influences, as mentioned, with a daily changing specials board to augment their main menu selection.
We took a blended approach with a cheesy pa amb tomaquet, chicken and manchego croquettas and pork cheek from the specials board plus the patatas braces, calamari, boquerones and boerewors from the a la carte.
Things arrived as they were ready in the expected style. First up was the excellent anchovy goodness of boquerones. They were splendid and probably the outstanding dish of the evening.
The pa amb tomaquet was very good and the calamari had impressive char matched with a good softness of texture. We disagreed slightly about the croquettas which I thought were very good but Freya was slightly less convinced by.
The boerewors sausage from Corstorphine butcher John Brash was excellent while the pork cheek was solidly good. The patatas bravas were a touch ordinary by comparison with the rest of the parade of quality.
We accompanied things with good wines and Estrella Galicia lager.
So overall, it was really good to finally visit Indaba. I enjoyed pretty much everything that we sampled with the boquerones memorably good. I’d recommend it to you next time you’re looking for a quality munch of some fresh and vibrant dishes.
Blythe scores Indaba
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15.5/20
Today’s questers were: Freya, Blythe
We ate: pa amb tomaquet, croquettas, pork cheek, boerewors, calamari, boquerones, patatas bravas
We drank: white wine, lager, red wine
We wore: traditional tapas appreciation trousers
Total bill: £77.05
Address: 3 Lochrin Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9QJ