27 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Advice: Go early or make an advance reservation.
It’s as if I was back in Barcelona, sitting in a courtyard off the beaten path enjoying delicious tapas and tastes. This 28 seat, tiny restaurant is one of Sean Heather’s latest projects and he has nailed it with great food and great prices. Our server explained how we were to order, my friend and I then check marked each of the selections on the single sheet menu and handed it to him, voila it was just that easy. To begin our sharing meal we had two of the Bruschetta selections ($2.25 each or 4 for $8) the Stewed Mushrooms with Sherry and Comte ($2.25) and the Piquillo Peppers with Serrano Chilli & Goats Cheese ($2.25).
This followed by the outstanding and well presented Beef Brisket Meatballs ($6) with Rustic tomato sauce, topped with grated ricotta cheese. Next up was the surprisingly tasty Potted Prawns with Pistachio Butter ($7) this dish was intriguing, served cold in a pot with Croistini. We decided that having a salad was a good idea to add some vegetables to the mix and we enjoyed the Marinated Beet Salad ($7) with shaved ricotta salata and aged sherry vinegar.
To end the meal we chose one dessert and shared the divine Dark Chocolate Tart with Chili jam ($7). I was surprised to see how well Chef Lee Humphries and his chefs navigated around the small kitchen and turned out dish after dish. Although Spain is the inspiration, the tapas are also influenced by Italy, France, and beyond. The wine list is simple featuring a good selection of Sherry from Spain, along with some white, red and pink wines from Spain, France, Germany and one from BC and one from California. Next visit I must try the Spanish Coffee Truffles and I’ll make that two desserts.
Review by: Richard Wolak