Casa Naranjo, Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XA (Tel: 01743 588 165)
Casa Naranjo is a relatively new family run tapas bar right in the centre of Shrewsbury. Following success with their first Tapas Bar in Bridgnorth, Alfonso and Emma Yufera-Ruiz opened this authentic slice of Spain in Shrewsbury several months ago.
Next door to The Good Life, Casa Naranjo is and excellent evening destination either for informal socialising over food or for a date night with your current squeeze.
This is authentic tapas, and so the menu is a list of small dishes that range from a single ingredient simply cooked through to a mini meal on a small plate. The staff recommend starting with two or three dishes because you can always order more if you want to. A variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes are available (no meat or fish) and the staff are very knowledgeable and accommodating about ingredients and which dishes suit coeliac or people with different allergies.
The waiting staff buzz around like bees and are very efficient. All dishes are pepared to order, and they come out as soon as they are ready. This means you might end up being served all three of ‘your’ dishes and your companions none of theirs – lucky you! It is probably best to agree your sharing or not sharing strategy at the beginning of the meal…..
There is an appetisers and cold Tapas menu that includes bread, olives, cheese and salads; a hot fish and meat Tapas menu with traditional offerings such as Iberian pork, lamb casserole and Albondigas (meatballs); and hot vegetable Tapas menu that includes patatas bravas, tortilla and garlic mushrooms. There is a fiesta menu and a 2 for £5 deal served weekdays at lunchtimes and monday evenings. The range of dishes available means that whichever menu you choose there is going to be something to suit most tastes and diets.
The building itself is wood panelled, with cosy pine tables and spanish paraphenailia on the walls. There are two floors, with toilets on the ground floor, and the restaurant on the first floor. Unfortunately I don’t think that there is a way for a wheelchair to access the restaurant, (this can sometimes be the case in Shrewsbury with our listed buildings and flood prevention measures). In the winter, the convivial atmosphere and Spanish flavours were a much needed mood booster and in the summer, you can enjoy Sangria and pretend you are somewhere far away!
I try to choose different things when I visit, but I really can’t resist the Esparragos a la plancha (grilled asparagus with maldon salt), Patatas mixtas (fried potatoes with alioli and spicy tomato sauce) and the Pimientos Rellenos de Queso de Cabra (Piquillo peppers stuffed with goats cheese). I have visited the restaurant four times and only managed a pudding once, and it was a delicious almond tart. With spanish beer or wine and a glass of Sherry or Port, you can expect to pay between £25 – £30 per person.