What is tapas? Tapas are snack size dishes, ideal for sharing. Serving of tapas helps to encourage conversation as people are not so focused on consuming an entire meal. The name means lids and originates from the practice of putting slices of bread, ham or chorizo on top of people's sherry or beer in bars to keep the flies out. The meat, being salty, encouraged people to drink more which encouraged bar owners to invent new kinds of tapas. Here are some examples:
Spanish potato and egg dish with roasted red peppers and peas.
Sauteed kipfler potatos served with Aioli (garlic mayo) or Chili mayo
Crumbed croquettes of smoked ham hock, manchego cheese and mashed potato.
Pimientos de Padron (Father's peppers) are lightly fried in olive oil and then salted. They are sweet and flavoursome. Most of them are mildly spicy although around every 7th to 10th one can be hot, hot, hot so watch out! Spiciness varies with the time of year.
A selection of marinated olives, Manchego cheese, fruit paste, chorizo, roasted peppers, fish pate and crustinis.
Datiles con bacon
Dates wrapped in bacon and oven baked
What is Paella? It is a Spanish rice dish, traditionally eaten on a Sunday. Cooking it was often a good way to use up any food left from the week as it is a very versatile dish.
Seafood, chicken, mixed and vegan options available