Rico Libre

 

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Spanish tapas, always a good deal! Even if I haven’t planned to visit Rico Libre by the end of 2014. It just happened when I was in the Digbeth – on one of those Sundays afternoon looking for some new street art in the area.

And as it was very cold, the client Spanish food seemed to be a good option for my husband and I. I had not booked a table for that day, but we were so well welcomed at Rico Libre that I really felt like I was invited to someone else’s house for supper.

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The idea was to tuck in some tapas of all types and taste. Some seafood, meat and fried ones. We decided to start with the delicious pan of ajo – toasted garlic bread.

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As Rico Libre is not currently licensed establishment, it is working as a “bring your own booze” kind of restaurant, and I really missed the chance of having a decent bottle of wine with me to accompany my tapas indulgence. However, some delicious options of juices did the trick, anyway.

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While our tapas (from a selection of 3 for £12- not bad!) were being prepared I had a look at the restaurant itself. The décor is very personal, with a bit of music in the air. Don’t forget to have a look at the ceiling – there are posters, posters and more posters

I have to confess that I thought it was a bit unusual. Why Jared Leto, by the way? But I am sure there is a funny explanation behind this …

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A very friendly service is provided by the family who run the restaurant. It is proof that Rico, apart being a brand new place in town, is already well-established in the area.

A tip: as Digbeth streets can be a bit tricky sometimes, it worth it having a look at the map before visiting, just in case you are not sure where Rico is located. It’s also a good idea to check its opening time.

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Time for some food so. Six Tapas plates delivered! I had some pescado frito (deep fried fish in a light batter), gambas pil pil (king prawns in chilli and garlic oil)-absultely delicious!-and some championes al ajillo ( mushrooms sauteéd in garlic and parsley).

My husband was persuaded (by me, of course) to try the chicken livers with chorizo and red wine because I knew it would be delicious! He also got more mushrooms sauteéd and albondigas Jardinera (Meatballs in a rich tomato sauce).

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I really think that £12 for 3 tapas is quite a lot of food for a very good price. You’re definitely very well fed at Rico Libre.

I was temped to try the passion fruit mousse but there was no more room at my tummy. But a (free) espresso ended well my food marathon that day. Siesta, por favor!

Rico Libre is a delicious experience. This is about food made with passion. Spanish passion. Olé!

Published January 13th 2015 here.

 

 

 

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I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications. Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

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