Friday, 10 March 2017

Empanadas & Co. is the way to go!

You might have tried the empanadas at Simon's Cuisine when they first opened in the Food Hall last year...but they've added a whole new slate of empanada flavours under their new name, Empanadas & Co. by Simon's Cuisine.

So naturally, we went down and tried one of each. The results? DELISH.

They still offer the old reliables - traditional flavours including beef, spinach + ricotta, chicken and straight-up cheese. But taking a peek into the offerings under the Gourmet heading you'll see the likes of Breakfast (with scrambled eggs, bacon + cheddar cheese), Chorizo (spicy chorizo sausage, jalapeno + mozzarella), Chicken Parmigiana (chicken, tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham), Blue (blue cheese, mozzarella + fig), Hawaiian (mozzarella, ham + pineapple), Bacon Cheese Burger (beef, bacon + cheddar cheese). And a few dessert empanadas, including the Manzana (apple pie), and Frutilla (sweet strawberry)...mmm!

You can choose whether you have your empanadas baked or deep fried (but really, if you're indulging, you really might as well get 'em deep fried).

In addition to the many empanada choices, the sandwiches at Empanadas & Co. are out of this world. Jose, the owner let us taste-test a little bite of the grilled beef tenderloin before we fully committed to the Gaucho sandwich, and it was deliciously seasoned and juicy. The sandwich itself was topped with provolone cheese, arugula, a sunny-side up egg (cause for many napkins!!!), and a nice little kick from the horseradish mayo.

We splurged and went for the crispy fries too, some with the Provenzal sauce (parsley, garlic, olive oil, sea salt - amazing). These are no ordinary side of fries...something about that extra crispy crunch is super satisfying.

And of course we washed it all down with a brew from the rotating tap at The Common - the Beau's Strong Patrick Irish Red Ale - to keep it multi-cultural.

What's your favourite on the Empanadas & Co. menu? What do you recommend we try next?!

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