Hinterland unveils new tapas lounge menu
Tapas - it's all the rage. Really, it's a brilliant concept for both your waistline and your wallet. Those Spaniards had it right all along.
The trend has recently caught on in Milwaukee thanks to trailblazer Peter Sandroni and his restaurant La Merenda. Ginger also recently opened in the former space of Barrosa. I've heard they have a few new-restaurant kinks to work out though.
Hinterland, already known for its top-notch cuisine, introduced a tapas lounge menu about two weeks ago. Located at the corner of Eerie and Water Street, both the restaurant and bar cater to a trendy Third Ward crowd. With not an entree in sight on the dinner menu under $29, the new tapas menu allows a much larger group of Milwaukeeans to partake in the foodie fun.
The small plates are artfully prepared using fresh ingredients resulting in savory flavor combinations. Even better, the plates are priced just right ($3 - $12) so that you can try a bit of everything.
My companion and I ordered the sesame-crusted crab cakes ($9), the fish taco ($3), braised pork taco with jicama and chorizo ($4) and the flatbread with caramelized onion, mushroom, goat cheese and watercress ($12). Every bite of everything that we had was phenomenal.
The crab cakes were thick, meaty and very light and the flatbread was sweet, rich and crispy. The tacos were both excellent, prepared with crunchy red cabbage and a cilantro-lime aioli.
When the bill came, I was perfectly satiated. I noticed that my Rehorst dirty martini was the most expensive item we ordered. It's okay, it's good to support the local guys; and the olives were hand-stuffed with blue cheese. That's well worth the $14.75.