Whether you greet Valentine’s Day with reluctance, excitement or borderline fear, a dreamy meal out has the unique ability to transform any sentiment into genuine satisfaction. This Valentine’s Day, Tapas Revolution is bringing you a carefully curated dinner for two; ideal to share with any foodie-partner of your choice. I personally got to taste this menu with my fellow editor, housemate and friend, and let me tell you: we both left Tapas Revolution feeling lulled into happiness, warmth and contentment.
Upon arrival, you are served a special edition tropical sangria. This puts a spin on the traditional trademark Spanish drink, with a mixture of white wine and sparkling Cava to sparkle up your evening. This drink is sweet with a kick; the ultimate light beverage to set the scene for what is to come. The sangria is served alongside your first dish: Delicious Ibérico ham served with Pan con Tomate, which is bruschetta-like toasted bread with garlic, tomato and olive oil. The bread was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, surprising us with the ability to perfectly balance out the oil to tomato ratio. Light and refreshing, we were told that this is a traditional Spanish dish often served for breakfast. Insider tip? Layer the Ibérico ham onto the bread and enjoy.
This was followed by Huevos (aka fried egg) con champiñones y trufa: mushrooms and truffle oil with a fried egg embedded within. A great combination, reminiscent of a classic English stir fry with a twist. I personally always enjoy trying favourite ingredients or dishes served in an unfamiliar way, and this plate definitely delivered.
What followed was a colourful array of fish, meat and vegetable sharing plates. Although the old phrase goes “Quality over Quantity”, with the Gambas al ajillo (tiger prawns with garlic and chilli oil) you will compromise neither. A dish simple but fuelled with taste, this was served to us still sizzling in fruity olive oil infused with garlic. The rest followed swiftly: Croquetas de jamon (deep fried Ibérico ham and béchamel croquettes), the epitomy of soul food, comforting and warming after a long day, Suquet de pescado (Traditional cod stew with potatoes, saffron and almonds), small pieces of soft fish, marinated in a beautiful yellow-tinted sauce, Pinchos morunos con mojo picon (Marinated beef skewers with a spicy dipping sauce), both succulent and juicy, these beef skewers can be divided into small bites to nibble on throughout your meal. Finally, no tapas experience is ever fully complete without Pimientos de Padron (fried sweet green peppers), and these do not disappoint: offering a vibrant burst of flavour, this dish is an ideal accompaniment, splashed with just the right amount of garlic, salt and pepper.
After making your way through your meal, allow some time to rest, as the best is yet to come: a heart shaped chocolate brownie topped with raspberry coulis and crumbled Spanish almond turron, served warm, with two spoons, and a side of love. The way to someone’s heart is always through the stomach, and if the previous dishes hadn’t done the trick yet, this will surely get you there. Soft and melted on the inside, this dessert is a nutty delight.
The staff is friendly and energetic, the venue is bright and big, yet has a table distribution that allows you to feel intimate with your dining partner. Warm light, traditional posters and Spanish music will make you feel like you are sat in the Spanish Riviera.
Running from the 12th-14th of February, all day, from 12PM-10PM, Tapas Revolution is offering a special deal to receive this menu (which, to summarise includes: a jug of sparkling Sangria upon arrival, two starting tapas dishes, 6 main course tapas plates to share, and a sweet dessert to round off the evening). The cost is 25 GBP per person: an absolute steal, and allowing you to steal someone’s heart whilst you’re at it.