City eats ~ Tapas Revolution, Shoreditch

I love Tapas. I could say that about a lot of food but what I love most about it is the fact that it’s one of the best social cuisines. It’s a good crowd pleaser as it’s not usually too spicy and you should be able to find a dish that satisfies all of the taste buds around the table. You don’t get order envy as you’re sharing all the dishes. And it’s fun talking about what you’re eating rather than how the weather has been recently (although it’s hard to resist with all the sunshine right now!).

So when I was invited to join a dinner at the new branch of Tapas Revolution in Shoreditch with a group of bloggers, I couldn’t resist.

The first thing you’ll admire when you arrive is the gleaming copper bar.

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A great focal point next to the tall stools, which give the restaurant the relaxed social atmosphere it needs for its cuisine.

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There was a long wooden table near the kitchen where the bloggers were gathered, and before the food arrived we talked about our blogs and backgrounds, and exchanged twitter handles as bloggers do. It’s always fun to get together and meet new people with similar interests and a love of London!

I quenched my thirst with a Gin Mare and tonic.

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Did you know that Spain is one of the biggest gin drinking countries in Europe? I’m not sure why but I was surprised by this!

Anyway, time to tuck into the evening and take a look at the best bit, the food! Yum! First up, my favourite, patatas bravas.

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Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside with a spicy tomato sauce. It’s simple but I love it.

The evening was hosted by Omar Allibhoy, the man behind the growing restaurant chain and this tapas cookbook, and before we devoured the rest of the dishes he gave us a bit of background to Tapas Revolution. He’s a man very passionate about his heritage and his cooking.

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And he made sure that we tried their finest Iberian ham.

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Soft, sweet, smokey, salty and so good!

The tuna carpaccio followed and, whilst I don’t like tuna, I still admired its pretty presentation.

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It got top marks around the table.

A vegetarian dish arrived next – Ensalada de Calabcin. Courgettes, truffle foam, Idazabal smoked cheese and hazelnut dressing.

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I really enjoyed this, the crunchy courgette and light truffle filling went down well.

Another Spanish gin was ordered to wash down the first few courses. This one is called – Ginabelle Plum Gin.

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Then more dishes arrived. Iberian pork cheeks braised with chestnuts and chocolate.

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Croquettes of course!

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And the grilled marinated flank of beef.

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What I liked most about Tapas Revolution is that it uses traditional spanish tapas and adds its own modern twist. I know that there are probably a few modern tapas restaurants in London, but given that the price per dish is between £5 an £8 on average, it’s really reasonably priced and no more expensive than I’ve paid in traditional restaurants.

Of course the final rounds of dishes were desserts. They’re not on the menu and whilst delving in I failed to listen to the description (blogger fail!) but here they are…

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A custard-filled, melt-in-the-mouth, brioche.

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And a cross between a panna cotta and creme brûlée.

Once the dishes had been devoured, we said our goodbyes and headed out into the night.

I grab a cheeky picture with Omar before I left.

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It’s not all that often that you get to meet the man behind the restaurant after all, and what a nice man Omar is!

A great night of tasty tapas with a fun table of bloggers.

Tapas Revolution is perfect for a relaxed evening with friends, a casual date or a quick bit to eat. I’ll definitely be heading back.

You’ll find them at Shoreditch *new*, Bluewater and Westfield. They’re open Monday to Sunday and you can view the Shoreditch menu here.

Do you love tapas?

I was invited as a guest of Tapas Revolution. As ever all opinions are my own.