209 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 879-3100
Advice: No reservations, between 4-5 tapas hour type of service, after 5pm dinner.
With it’s focus on Spanish tapas and drawing their inspiration from the tapas bars in Barcelona and Madrid, Business partners, Frankie Harrington, Shaun Layton & Chef Justin Witcher have created a beautiful eatery with tasty food. The décor is vibrant, notable local designer Craig Stanghetta has designed this eatery just like if you were in Spain.
Lawrence and I visited on a late Saturday afternoon snagging the best seats in the house overlooking the chefs cooking; as it was their tapas hour we enjoyed a couple of small dishes to wet our palate so to speak. Starting off with the tasty Croquetas de Jamon; followed by the delicious Patatas Bravas crispy potatoes with spicy smoky chili (brava) sauce and garlic aioli.
As it got closer to 5pm, we ordered up a bunch of dishes to get right into it. The Meatballs with slices of apple, pinenuts was outstanding in a delicious sauce; as was the Hamburguesa Con Foie (with foie butter on the side and very good crispy potato chips).
The Bikini was a very good little sandwich with serano ham and cheese; we then enjoyed the Payoyo from Cadiz (cow and sheep cheese) and quince.
For dessert, we had both of their offerings and both were delicious, first the Chocolate Mousse with a hint of olive oil and salt; and the Tart de Santiago (Spanish almond cake).
They offer sherry and vermouth on tap, along with a creative cocktail list, wines and more. I loved everything that I tried and am looking forward to future visits to try more.
Take your foodie friends, and truly enjoy the wonderful food and experience of this Spanish gem.
Review by: Richard Wolak