July 03, 2010


6 reasons why Manchego is such a hit in my book:

1) Intimate and cozy setting with just the right amount of mood lighting and music.
2) BYOB - no corkage fee!!
3) Great service.
4) Great presentation of food.
5) Very reasonably priced.
6) Everything from the freshness and tastiness of the ingredients to the innovative combos, the dishes were thoroughly and deliciously prepared.

Pictured (from top to right):
Baked brie w/ honey & dried figs: you can never go with baked brie.
Proscuitto stuffed w/ goat cheese and dried cranberries: Just the right amount of goat cheese & cranberry.
Potato blini w/ salmon and cavier: Wow.
Dolma: the rich, flavorful sauce really melded the flavors together.
Chicken & mushroom skewers: Well-marinated. Meaty mushrooms, I love!

 I'll be back, Manchego!
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cuisine: Spanish Tapas
location: Santa Monica, CA
website: { menu , yelp }
good for: L, D
cost: $6-10 (small plates); $12-14 (sandwiches, salads)