This newish traditional tapas place (opened October 30) is really popular. They were turning people away around 9:00 on Tuesday night. Reservations strongly recommended. Three or six seem like good party sizes as a lot of things come three to an order.
will order again:
- tortilla, about an inch thick, juicy and a bit sweet, I guess more onion than average
- mushroom croquettes
- octopus and fried chickpeas (not really a tapa since you can’t eat it with your hands)
- escalivada: really great version of this dish with turnips, other seasonal vegetables, and pine nuts in a slightly pesto-ish dressing
won’t order again:
- salt cod croquettes with romesco and white anchovies: nice if you got all three elements in a bite but the croquettes themselves were dry and didn’t have much cod flavor
- crema Catalana, pretty good
- pata negro was sliced too thin, not by hand, and dressed with olive oil and picked peppers instead of being served plain
- fried squid was too heavily battered for my taste (nice crunchy texture though)
pata negro (about half the serving)
octopus and fried chickpeas
We finally made it - for the early happy hour on Sunday. When we decided to start with Sangria, we learned that it is 1/2 off on Sunday, and you get 5 tapas (the super small ones) with the 1L sangria. The sangria was decent enough. We also each had 2 glasses of the happy hour wine (for a total of 4 more tapas), plus we ordered 2 regular sized tapas.
(the small ones)
Tortilla de patatas - good
Albondigas (of jabali) - very good
Atun - very good
Patatas aioli - tasty, a bit underdone
Croquetas de champigñon - yum
Calamares - tasty and tender squid - oil probably not hot enough at fry time
Pollo al ajillo (2 orders) - only real disappointment of the day. Nearly tasteless (at least with the other items)
(The larger ones)
Col rizada - probably best in show.
The final thing (not on the online menu) was some light fritter with shrimp (could have been a chickpea flour)- very good.
Ok, the final final thing (from the happy hour snacks) were the churros with chocolate. The perfect bites to end a really lovely afternoon.
Almost empty when we arrived (but no tables available without a reservation) and packed, including the entire bar, when we left.
This a great addition to the “let’s go walk to go eat” selection.
Something I learned last night: from 4-6, it’s happy hour but you can also order off the regular menu. The after-10 happy hour is just the shorter menu with maybe half the tapas (mostly fried) and no charcuterie, cheese, salads or paella.