Friday, July 8, 2011

Good Eats: Manchego

by Sarah Clifford

A few weeks ago, I ventured out with my fellow for date night and we were in the mood for something new.  After a quick Yelp search, Manchego was our destination for the night. 

When the restaurant is named after traditional Spanish cheese, you know you’re in for a great meal.

Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, this small, tapas-style restaurant has an intimate feel with dim lighting, amazing service, and even better food.

We were the only ones in the restaurant and with the help of our waitress, selected the roasted red pepper and feta spicy dip, shrimp wrapped with prosciutto, the two cheese plate with manchego and iberico (served with bread and the house tomato sauce), and were given a ton of complementary humus.

As we finished off our meal with a shared slice of cheesecake, we noticed the restaurant was completely packed.  If you come an hour or so after they open, expect a decent wait.

We both were a little nervous waiting for the check because we didn’t even look at prices as we ordered away, but to our surprise, it was under $40. This was thanks in large part to Manchego’s (brace yourself) BYOB policy and NO CORK FEE!  I had smuggled some $10 bottle of zin we had sitting at home in my purse and timidly pulled it out when the waitress smiled and asked, “Would you like me to open that for you?” Um, yes please.

Manchego does not disappoint.  If you’re in need of some tapas and romance for a reasonable price, definitely check it out.

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