Pass The Pintxos | Can Cava The Verdict

By Phoebe McRae
29th Mar 2017

There are few things in life I like more than wine; so imagine my excitement when I heard a wine bar was opening in Bondi. And not only would there be wine, there would be pintxos too.

Nestled on the corner of Glenayr Avenue and Hall Street, Can Cava is exactly what Sydney (and I) has been waiting for. With a casual, yet trendy setting, and totally laid-back beach vibes, as soon as I took my seat, I knew I wasn’t going to want to leave.


Greeting me with a glass of Cava (aka Spanish sparkling wine), the staff here are not only friendly, but also full to the brim with knowledge of their vino and food. Hot tip: follow their recommendation and order the pan con tomate (think bruschetta with a twist) to start. It might be basic AF but it’s god damn delicious and packed with garlic.

When it came time to order the pintxos, I wanted one of everything. Luckily, that’s the whole point of pintxos. You can have one of everything, judgement free, without slipping into a total food coma (unless that’s what you want to do, in which case order double).


From the melt in your mouth goats cheese croquettes, to the succulent lamb rib paired with a mojo verde (which translates to green sauce), I was not disappointed. The fresh to death tuna tartare is served on a potato chip (yes, a potato chip) and dished up with just the right amount of crunch and salt, and the chickpea frite is complete with an incredible manchego cheese.

If you’ve got room for dessert, which I always do, you can either continue on with a cheese and/or charcuterie board, or go all out and order the alfajores. Not one to shy away from calories, I ordered the alfajores and boy oh boy was I in for a treat. Paired with a 1927 sherry (because #imsofancy), these shortbread style cookies are stuffed with dulce de leche and the perfect way to end any meal.


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Image credit: Caitlin Hicks

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