I was recently invited along to Tapas Revolution in Westfield London, a delicious tapas eatery owned by the very passionate and inspiring Omar Allibhoy. The mission should I choose to accept it was to sample dishes from the new menu that had recently been launched. I obviously dived in with no hesitation at all. All I can say is the only thing that was missing was the beating sun burning into the dress on my back and the sound of a Mandolin gently playing in the background..
The Tapas dishes were simply sensational, amazing olives, to bursting tomatoes and mouthwatering seafood and cured meats. Omar has a clear focus and passion and is completely driven to offering and providing the best that Spain has to offer to us here in the UK. The Sangria tasted like none I had had the privilege of sipping before. It was clearly a recipe of labour made by Omar, the difference is the fruit is steeped and warmed, before being doused in red wine. The Sangria was flowing and the tapas dishes were honestly divine! Omar has a vast understanding and knowledge of what makes the best tapas, from quality ingredients to seasonality, hence the reason Omar chooses to alter and change the menu per season quarter.
I would hurry back tomorrow, without fail and very much look forward to the opening of Tapas Revolution in Shoreditch later this year. Here are a few dishes I sampled on the evening!!
Fuet - Catalonian cured pork sausage offered with small bread battens
Pan de la casa - Toasted bread topped with a tomato and garlic sauce and delicious jamon Serrano
Ensalada de tomate, red and yellow tomatoes, olive and red onion salad and amazing Pulpo a la Gallega - Steamed octopus with potatoes and pimenton paprika
Arroz negro - Black rice with prawns and squid, served with aioli, an unbelievable dish, the flavours were so complex, I wanted more.
Gazpacho de sandia - Traditional chilled vegetable soup with a hint of watermelon
Alcachofas con salsa romesco - Baby artichokes with oil and garlic served with a romesco sauce
Croquetas de jamon - Deep fried Iberico ham croquettes
Pimientos rellenos de setas - Piuillios peppers stuffed with mushrooms and to finish my favourite,
Crema Catalana - Traditional dessert of Spain made using vanilla pod, lemon and cinnamon.
Amazing Tapas, Gracias Omar.