From ‘costilla de Cerdo’ to ‘almejas a la marinera’, or ‘pimientos padrón’, El Pincho’s menu can come as a bit of a surprise to some. Madrid-born chef Emilio has hidden the best part of his Spanish roots into the menu, and that is something you taste. “If something is not fresh, it does not enter Emilio’s kitchen,” begins owner Paul van der Werff. “Spanish cuisine is known for its pure and honest dishes, made using fresh ingredients.” El Pincho serves tapas for every palate, from the smaller vegetarian plates to ‘rabo de toro’ (braised oxtail with pepper and onion). The Tapa del Día (Tapas of the Day) is truly a surprise: a weekly changing dish, depending on what chef Emilio is making that day.