Tapas Revolution is the latest edition to Greys Quarter within intuEldon Square! I’ve been banging on about Greys Quarter pretty much all year since I’ve done a lot of foodie reviews at a few the exciting new restaurants that Newcastle has finally been modernised with since January. Intu, has done a fantastic job at bringing life back into the food scene within the city centre of Newcastle, you’re totally spoilt for choice now!
Tapas Revolution is the outcome of talented Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy vision. Madrid-born Allibhoy, came to the UK back in 2008 where he conducted El Pirata Detapas kitchen in West London. Thanks to him, it quickly became one of London’s best tapas restaurants! Moving here, shocked him at the lack of Spanish joints and how rarely people cooked tapas at home, he decided it was his time to change this and that is where he claims his ‘tapas revolution began’. Quite the achiever, Omar has also published hugely successful cookbooks, also called Tapas Revolution and Spanish Made Simple, both topping book charts! The first of the chain opened in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush in 2010 to rave reviews, following the huge successes there are now 7 Tapas Revolution Bars & Restaurants in the UK with sites in Shoreditch, London; Bluewater, Kent; Grand Central, Birmingham; Meadowhall, Sheffield; Eldon Square, Newcastle; Bath, Southgate. With such a positive reputation, I was very excited about my visit.
I headed to Tapas Revolution on Monday with my uncle Rob, a self-acclaimed foodie critic and tapas connoisseur. On arrival, we were met with open arms by manager Julio and waitress Jennifer. They guided us through the restaurant to a table, the atmosphere throughout the full place was great, honestly, I felt like I was back in Spain haha! There is a warmth, perhaps it’s the sunny colours and decor. I would say it’s like a modernised Spanish restaurant, kept to the roots with hanging meat on the wall which you always see in Spain, dark deep wood furnishing and Sangria glasses on the bar.
Julio kindly talked us through the menu and even recommended a few dishes which were his favourite, we appreciated this since he was Spanish meaning he definitely must know his stuff ha, just like us Britons know how to make cuppas, Spanish know how to make the best tapas!! We ordered a bottle of Rose, which was very light and fresh, good wine and a very good first impression.
After much deliberation, we went for 7 dishes:
- Pan de la casa – toasted bread, tomato topped with garlic sauce and serrano ham
- Tortilla de patatas – classic Spanish omelette with free-range eggs, potato and onion
- Albóndigas en salsa – beef meatballs in a vegetable, tomato and white wine sauce
- Chorizo a la parilla – grilled smoked sausage, cider reduction, baby gem lettuce and bread
- Gambas al ajillo – tiger prawns with garlic and chilli oil cooked in a terracota dish
- Bacalao con piperrada – roasted cod loin with slow-cooked red peppers and olives
- Pinchos morunos con mojo picón – marinated beef skewers with a spicy dipping sauce
I mean how amazing do all of those sound?!
None of the dishes come out together so be warned, but that’s the best bit! They come out roughly one after the other and it keeps it exciting. All of the dishes were beautiful, our favourite was the Pan de las casa, the tomato which was topped with garlic, was melt in the mouth. It wasn’t how I’d imagined it either, the tomato was pureed meaning the garlic was mixed in properly creating the perfect taste explosion, and the ham was light, thin and tangy. Our second favourite was the Gambas, the prawns were a decent size and there were the right amount to share, the garlic oozed within the chilli oil…one word scrumptious! Jennifer, the waitress had recommended the cod and we loved that too, that was soft on the platte and flavoursome.
Like I said they were all delicious! Eyes bigger than our bellies meant were officially stuffed after all 7 dishes. Lastly, we decided on a coffee before we left, I had a Latte and Rob went for a cappuccino. Spanish not only create the best tapas, they also know their stuff about coffee too.
We had a fantastic visit to Tapas Revolution and I can not recommend the place enough, the staff are lovely and the food is superb, value for money too – prices range from £3.95 – £7.96 for individual dishes. We’ll definitely be back with the rest of the family!
Do you like tapas?