I think perhaps in a past life I was Spanish. I love Spain, I adore the culture, I admire the language and most of all I worship the food. Spanish cuisine is just out of this world, don’t you agree? Little bits of everything, all at once… what more could you want? Spanish food just suits everyone, whatever you fancy.
Last week I was invited down to my favourite Tapas restaurant in Newcastle, Tapas Revolution with my Mam! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll have heard that name before as I’ve reviewed the place before here and here (just in case you missed it, y’know!).
Since opening within the relatively new foodie scene, Greys Quarter intuEldon Square, it’s been a hit with the Geordies (and Mackems)! Talented Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy has well and truly captured his hometown of Madrid and brought it to the toon, impressing us locals with his authentic recipes.
New to the restaurant is Bar de Tapas! Located just off Blackett Street, Old Eldon Square you’ll find the entrance to their newly renovated lounge & sangria bar. It was the first time I’d visited the bar and it certainly put a Latin twist on my night out. I couldn’t help myself when it came to their range of Sangrias with different fruit and wine combinations! Try the Blood Orange Rose Sangria if you get the chance it’s gorgeous and why not take advantage of their ‘Happy Hora’ which is Sunday to Friday 12-7PM to receive1/2 price Sangria jugs, 2-4-1 Cocktails and 2-4-1 Larios Gin Tonic! The interior matches the rest of the place, it really is like stepping into Spain for a few hours.
After a drink or two, we headed to the restaurant for some Tapas with Alex our waitress! The new summer menu is great, a lot of the good old favourites plus some exciting new dishes, Alex kindly explained. There’s a lunch menu or should we call it a Menú del Dia’ that’s available through the day, Monday to Friday 12 till 5PM where you can get Pan Con AliOli aka bread with homemade garlic mayo plus a choice of 2 tapas dishes from a small selection!
We choose eight dishes, which were:
Pan de la casa (£4.75) – toasted bread, tomato topped with garlic sauce and serrano ham.
Tortilla de patatas (£4.50) – classic Spanish omelette with free-range eggs, potato and onion.
Albóndigas en salsa (£6.25) – beef meatballs in a vegetable, tomato and white wine sauce.
Chorizo a la parilla (£5.75) – grilled smoked sausage, cider reduction, baby gem lettuce and bread.
Gambas al ajillo (£7.95) – tiger prawns with garlic and chilli oil cooked in a terracota dish.
Bacalao con piperrada (£6.75) – roasted cod loin with slow-cooked red peppers and olives.
Croquetas de Jamon (£5.50) – Deep-fried cured ham and béchamel croquettes.
Patatas Bravas (£4.25) – Roasted potatoes with spicy
tomato sauce and alioli.
I always go for the pan de la casa because the serrano ham is just to die for, mouthwateringly good. The beef meatballs are really tender and succulent, another must-have dish! We both loved every single dish to be honest. I honestly can’t fault the food. It’s total 5-star culinary! Another favourite of mine is the gambas, the prawns are saturated with garlic which as a garlic lover myself is insanely good plus since it’s mixed with sharp chilli oil is a recipe for complete seafood heaven.
Mid devouring the food, I decided to order my self the Ampersand Cádiz (£7.50) which is a four times distilled London dry gin with Spanish lemons and sun-dried oranges served with Fever-Tree Mediterranean
tonic and a clove-studded orange slice. I didn’t realise G&T was so popular with the Spanish! ‘Gin Tonics’ as they are called in Spain are an extremely popular night-time bar drink to the extent that Spain has now become Europe’s largest gin consumer!! Tapas Revolution has a fantastic Gin & Tonics menu which features a selection of Spanish distilleries that use fresh regional botanicals to produce a fine aromatic combination that can be enjoyed with a range of Fever-Tree tonics.
After clearing all of the dishes, literally, it was time to squeeze in dessert Alex insisted! I couldn’t say no to the Churros Con Chocolate (£4.50) which is the famous Spanish crispy doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with hot dipping chocolate dish and my Mam went for the Pastel De Chocolate Y Turron (£4.75) which is a chocolate and walnuts brownie served warm with poached red berries and Spanish almond nougat. My churros were absolutely delicious, the churros and the chocolate were warm and succulent with the cinnamon sugar complimenting the flavours. The brownie was equally scrumptious!
We had a lovely evening at Tapas Revolution, as always! The staff are so warm and friendly, the food is outstanding and the atmosphere never fails to amaze me! I’ll definitely be returning for a drink or 2 soon in their new bar.