Minggu, 22 Juni 2008

Tapas y Vino- a traditional authentic Spanish

Tapas y Vino

111 London Road
Twickenham, TW1 1EE
Nearest Transport: Twickenham
020 8892 5417

Tapas y Vino is a traditional tapas restaurant offering authentic Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisine to enjoy with family and friends.

mixture of traditional and specialty dishes covering Spain, the Mediterranean and even delving into Northern Africa. The restaurant is decorated with a Spanish feel and has tables packed in pretty close together so you can get a good look at what your neighbours are eating and perhaps make a new friend or two as well.

Service was mostly friendly - the Serbian restaurant manager was keen for a chat and to tell us about the second branch of Tapas y Vino which will be opening in Kew. The other staff were less friendly though possibly more Spanish.

The wine list had a good range of prices, though I was disappointed not to see a few more Spanish options on the list. We choose a mid-priced Rioja which was very enjoyable.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food - it was actually pretty good. We started with Toast of Catalan bread topped with goats cheese, and the Spanish cured Iberian Jabugo ham. I do love a good goats cheese, and this one was smoky and rich.

To follow we had three of the 'speciality tapas' - the Scallops with risotto and squid ink sauce, the Oxtail in red wine, potatoes & carrots, and the Snails with Jabugo ham cooked in pastry. The scallops were my favourite, and I love how your tongue goes so black from the squid ink ; )

We weren't completely full, so decided to have a dessert as well. How could we resist the Chocolate & Almond Bastilla - a flaky pastry parcel filled with oozy chocolate mixed with almonds.

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