Tapas para todos at Tapa Edinburgh

While the OH and I enjoy eating out and trying food from different countires, we never get to fully experience what Edinburgh has to offer. If you’ve ever seen the range of restaurants available in Edinburgh on Zomato’s directory, deciding on what you want to try next can be quite difficult.

I’ve never been for Spanish tapas before, so when some friends suggested going for a catch up dinner at Tapa on Shore Place, I couldn’t be more eager to try it out.

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It appears when you enter the door that the restaurant can’t accommodate a large number of tables, but there’s a hidden room behind a curtain that hides more tables for bigger parties. We were one of those bigger parties and in the beginning, we thought it was quite a good idea to seat larger reservations separately as it means smaller tables of 2 or 4 will be able to talk more comfortably. We were the first ones to arrive, but it turns out the other big tables were also filled later on and it was quite difficult to have a conversation with anyone not sitting immediately on either side of you with so many large tables all having separate conversations.

Apart from that, the restaurant has a welcoming feel to it and fairy lights wrapped around pillars gave the darkened room a nice, romantic quality. Staff were also very welcoming and happy to explain dishes from the menu and to discuss any dietary requirements.

Because we were a party of 7, we were given the Tapas para Todos menu. We are given a selection of hand sliced Spanish meats to share followed by salad and potatoes with our main course.

Tablas Ibéricas: Hand sliced air cured Spanish Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, Chorizo Ibérico de Bellota and Lomo Ibérico de Bellota

Each person then chooses 2 tapas dishes which you can share if you wanted to. We did end up offering our dishes for sharing, but we ended up only trying a small portion of each as not everyone liked what the others chose, so we mostly kept our own tapas.

Chaqueta de Pimiento: Roasted Romano pepper stuffed with spinach, garlic and pine nuts topped with Manchego cheese and bread crumb crust

Chuletas de Cordero (left, lamb chops rubbed with rosemary, thyme and garlic) and Calamares Fritos (crisp, floured squid rings with alioli for dipping)

Unfortunately, I can’t remember what this dish was called, but the OH ordered jamon served on top of figs

Costillas: baby back ribs baked slowly in beer, then glazed in a homemade marinade and finished on the char-grill

It doesn’t sound like it might be a lot, but believe me, 2 tapas sharing dishes are more than enough for your main course! We were also given salad, aubergine crisps drizzled in honey and potatoes to share and eat with our main tapas dishes.

Patatas Bravas y Alioli: crispy potatoes with spicy tomato salsa and garlic mayo

Ensalada Mixta: fresh salad tossed with homemade basil olive oil and rizzled with balsamic reduction

I didn’t get a chance to take photos of all the dishes we ordered in the group, everyone was too busy digging into their fragrant smelling dishes that I couldn’t take photos fast enough! We all patted our full bellies after we finished our tapas dishes and were asked if we were ready for dessert. I was about ready to burst, but I couldn’t refuse the one sweet delicacy I’ve been desperate to try: churros!

Churros are sugared Spanish pastries (like Spanish sugared doughnuts) served with a molten hot chocolate dipping sauce

My first taste of churros and I’ve fallen in love. I can’t wait to go back to try their other dishes and to get myself another helping of the lovely dessert. Or maybe I need to just look for the perfect churros recipe to maky my own at home…

Tapa is located at 19 Shore Place, EH6 6SW. For enquiries or reservations, phone 0131 476 6776 or you can send them an e-mail. You can also use their online booking system with OpenTable.

Are you a fan of Spanish tapas? Have you been to Tapa before? What dish would you recommend?


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