Paco Lafuente Small Sardines in Olive Oil 16/18


A lot of the cheapest sardines are the big chonkers that cook unevenly. A lot of people find sprats (aka brisling sardines) to be too soft. If the first tinned fish everyone ever tried was small sardines in olive oil, the food world would be a very different place. They are the porridge, the chair, the bed that is just right.

125g tin

In stock

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Ingredients: Sardines, olive oil and salt.


  1. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Stunning. A unicorn tin that demands your attention on the first bite. Texturally mind blowing. It’s a firm small sardine that defies science by also having great moisture, almost coming across as if it was a smoked sprat … but it’s not smoked. Depth of flavor as if it came from Fangst … but it’s Paco Lafuente! I can maybe best compare the texture to a Mabuti spiced sardine, since both use a killer flavor + texture combo to break through (what I thought was) the ceiling in their own category.

    When you’ve tried so many different sardine/sprat tins, it takes a LOT for a regular, unflavored “sardines in olive oil” tin to stand out, let alone make you double-take on the first bite … but Paco Lafuente, you’ve done it. Totally unexpected. As far as I’m concerned, these are way up there with the Pollastrini di Anzio regular tin as the most interestingly-delicious unflavored, unsmoked non-chonker sardines I’ve ever found. Buy, buy, buy.

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