It's a great 'date' spot to go on w/ other couples. We usually get out of there for about $115 b/t us, $350 for the entire table, but it's enjoyable. Enjoyed pretty much everything I have eaten there. It's nice to split with a group as you can order so many tapas you get a little of everything.
Pamplona is awesome, probably my favorite restaurant I've been to over here. Just order tapas off the menu and you'll hit some winners. Calimari with jalapeno mayo is awesome. Duck fat fries are good too. Order both as they are relatively cheap and filling (and if you aren't careful, that place will run amock on your bill).
Bacon wrapped dates are good too and the drinks are awesome..man, I love that place.
I gave this place a review after eating there a while back.
"I stopped by Pamplona and tried some of their Tapas for the first time.
The interior has an impressive upscale yet warm feel to it, and the staff was very accommodating and professional.
We had just a little bit of time for some appetizers. A Ciabatta loaf ($4) was ordered. I normally don't like the concept of paying for bread in a restaurant, but it's the norm in a tapas restaurant, and it was really good bread. We passed on the garlic chili oil that accompanied it, because the raw garlic chunks were simply overpowering. I preferred to dip the bread into the various sauces with each dish.
We began with the Ceviche ($9 - Fresh shrimp in a tomato based marinade with citrus and cilantro.) I think this marinade/sauce was probably the tastiest part of the meal, and I loved dipping the bread into it. My friend took the first shrimp and immediately said that they were overcooked, and I couldn't have agreed more. It's a sin to overcook shrimp in a Louisiana restaurant of this caliber.
Next, we moved onto the Andalucian Lamb Kebabs ($7), which was the best of the three dishes that we sampled. The lamb had a fantastic taste to it and was perfect with the simple yogurt sauce that was with it. There were four bite sized pieces on skewers.
Finally, since I love octopus I had to order the Galician Octopus ($11 - Galician octopus, crisp confit potatoes, smoked paprika oil.) Again, it was four bite sized skewers with the potato disk on the bottom and a small piece of octopus directly above it on the skewer. The ratio of the potato to octopus was so lopsided that it really should have been named a potato dish instead of octopus. In fact, the potato chunk was so large (and I didn't find it crispy at all) that when I tried to pick up the skewer it fell apart under its own weight. Once the components were reassembled on a fork, it was clear that the octopus was lost in the mostly bite of potato. This dish just didn't do it for me. I would have been happy with the octopus chunks in olive oil and herbs or even ceviche style.
I had a glass of the Vina Gormaz Tempranillo Ribera Del Duero ($7) which had dark cherry and spice notes. They have a killer selection of Spanish wines.
I am anxious to go back, as I'm excited to try more items on their adventurous menu. Except for the fact that the shrimp and octopus weren't exactly the stars of their respective dishes, I was impressed with the experience."
Pork Que New Orleans Saints Fan New Orleans Member since Jun 2010 653 posts
re: Pamplona Tapas Restaurant in LafayettePosted by Pork Que on 1/16/13 at 5:08 pm to TheIndulger
My favorite overall restaurant in Laffy (French Press has the best food). If it's just you, sit at the bar, have a cocktail, peruse the menu, tell the bartender it's your first time there. Mention some things that look good to you and he/she will be able to guide you. They have a very stable staff there, so everyone is familiar with the menu. Enjoy.