I headed to Tapas Revolution a few weeks ago, again! I fell in love with the place back in May when I visited for the first time, you can read my review here. For summer 2017 Tapas Revolution Newcastle put on tapas dishes from the North of Spain against dishes from the South of Spain. The idea is for us foodies to explore classic regional dishes from the North and South and vote for their favourite tapas taste. Both menus are priced at £9.95 and include three tapas from either the North or South of Spain. Omar Allibhoy, chef and founder of Tapas Revolution, said when asked about the menu creation; “I really want to show people how diverse Spanish cuisine is, and how important regional specialities are to the Spanish. I hope you get a taste of San Sebastian and the Basque country from our Northern menu and the beautiful coastline of Andalucía from our Southern menu.”
I went along with my boyfriend, who, if you’ve read from previous posts, is THE pickiest eater ever! Personally, I love tapas but was rather apprehensive as to whether he’d like it or not. He’s hard to please! We decided to go on a Sunday afternoon, around 1:30 pm and the place had a lovely atmosphere. It was busy, but it wasn’t packed. We were welcomed with a huge smile by the staff who couldn’t have been any nicer if they tried, they’re all Spanish too so it all feels very authentic! We were seated in a cosy little booth and handed the North vs South lunch menu. Spanish food varies across the huge country, reflecting the diverse geography, Mediterranean culture, Moorish influences, and rich ingredients that are typical to each region. From the sun-soaked, Mediterranean coastline of the South to the lush, green and humid areas in the North.
The menu is fantastic for a lunchtime special, there is a huge range of tastes and dishes on both sides. On the North side menu, there’s Pan Con Tomate (Toasted Bread, Garlic, Tomato and Olive Oil – Catalonia), Chorizo A La Sidra (Spiced Asturian Sausage roasted with Cider – Asturias) and Tortilla de Patatas (Classic Spanish Omelette with Eggs, Potato and Onion – Navarre). While the South Lunch Taster Menu includes highlights such as Pan de la Casa (Toasted Bread topped with Garlic & Tomato Sauce and Serrano Ham – Madrid), Calamares A La Andaluza (Squid Strips tossed in Flour, deep-fried and served with Alioli and Lemon – Andalucia) and Patatas Bravas (Roasted Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Alioli – Madrid). I’ll be honest, I wanted both to myself. It’s a good job my boyfriend shares or I would have ordered both. He went for the North and I went for South. It’s making my mouth water just writing about this menu!
Whilst awaiting our dishes, I had indulged on a few cocktails since my boyfriend was driving! The LIFE! I went for the Blood Orange & Cherry Royal Cocktail which has Larios gin, blood orange, aguardiente de cerezas, pimento dram shaken with lemon and topped with Cava. And then I tried their Summer Gin & Tonic. Their cocktails aren’t that badly priced and they have 241 on most days!
The dishes arrive at different times but there’s never long periods of time, it’s like 5-10 minutes within each other. It’s ideal really because you can concentrate on one dish at a time, you are spoilt for choice though. Out of all the dishes, my favourite was the Pan de la Casa, the bread is lovely, soft and warm, the garlic and tomato basically melts into the bread creating a burst of flavours together alone, then with the serrano ham on top, it’s out of this world, divine, delish, beautiful, every word you can think of. The best ham I’ve ever tasted. Coming second favourite for me was Calamares A La Andaluza, maybe because I’m a complete sucker for Alioli, if there’s anything that reminds me of Spain it’s that.
Turns out, my boyfriend LOVES Tapas. Well done Tapas Revolution, you have turned him! I was relieved when he said he liked it all, he actually tried it. I knew he’d like it though since everything is lathered in garlic, our fave. His favourites were the Pan Con Tomate, the bread was the same the Pan de la Casa very warm and easy to tear into, then the garlic mixed with mashed tomatoes and olive oil warmed with the bread fumes was melt in the mouth. And his other favourite was the Chorizo A La Sidra, the chorizo has been marinated so well with the cider, you could really taste it and it blended well with the spices.
We had a fantastic afternoon at Tapas Revolution and I think the menu and food overall is value for money. I’d definitely recommend a visit if there’s a one in your city. If you’re visiting Newcastle and fancy a bite to eat, you can find it here:
Tapas Revolution Newcastle, Unit S3, Lower Level, Greys Quarter, Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AP