Tapas Revolution

With a chain of restaurants around the UK, Tapas Revolution opened up in Newcastle to coincide with the new Intu Eldon Square. Omar Allibhoy, chef and founder, states his dishes are simple and an easy style of Spanish cooking. As there are many tapas restaurants already in Newcastle, I wanted to examine whether another was what we really needed…

Tapas Revolution Newcastle has décor of the finest quality. Overlooking the restaurant, the lit up lettering really stands out and looks the part. Walking through to the restaurant via the bar, I couldn’t help but notice how the seating areas were set up. They were ideal for groups in the bar. However, the restaurant area seems much more catered for couples although there were booths to the outside. The restaurant has a very authentic Spanish feel. I must mention the beer keg tables. For me, they were cool and added to the scenery. I have to say it is a setting you cannot fail to enjoy.

Sat in a booth, at the entrance to the restaurant, we decided on a lovely white wine called Vivanco Viura Malvasia Tempranillo Blanco at £27 a bottle. It had intense aromas of green apple, pineapple and floral hints. It was refreshing and light; we found it easy to drink throughout the night and it was ideal for the variety of dishes we were served. Along with the wine, I ordered a Cereza Y Jengibre which was a homemade juice of cherry and ginger juice topped with ginger ale. This is a must try if you go to Tapas Revolution. It was so a wonderful ginger surprise that tasted almost medicinal and really worked well as a combination. One of the main reasons to go to Tapas Revolution is the homemade sangria they offer. They include traditional, white berry, sparkling tropical, blood orange rose and skinny sangria. If you enjoy sangria, this is the place to be. Sampling them all, they all had their own unique taste and were all fabulous. If you go between 12 and 7pm every Sunday to Friday, you can get 2 for 1 on sangria.

For our tapas dishes, which we were advised to choose 3 each, we had options of nibbles, meats, seafood and vegetables. It was great for me as all the dishes have a symbol next to them to show who can eat them depending on what allergy you may have. We chose our 6 and were told they would come served at which point they were ready, not at the same time. First to come was the Paella de pollo priced at £5.50. Served in a small saucepan, the chicken was right on the money and the saffron rice was a lovely texture, so creamy and sticky. I could’ve ate more but I suppose that’s the brilliance of tapas as within seconds of finishing, the next two dishes had arrived, Pinchos morunos con mojo picón – Marinated beef skewers with a spicy dipping sauce at £6.75 and Queso manchego y membrillo – Castillian ewe’s milk cheese served with quince jelly at £5.75. The skewers were my colleague’s highlight of the night. Dark and barbecued, the juices took over after each chew. The jelly jam and cheese, presented as crisscross slices on a black plaque, certainly didn’t last long. While we were eating, another two of our dishes arrived. Pan de la casa – Toasted bread, tomato topped with garlic sauce and serrano ham priced at £4.50. The double dose of crunchy toasted bread, particularly the serrano ham was magnificent albeit a large portion, even for two. Huevos rotos – Baked chorizo sausage, potatoes and free range egg at £5.50 had also arrived. My highlight of the night… It really was tapas revolution. Again, served in a shallow saucepan, it was salty, rich and full of flavour. Perfect for breakfast, I wonder if they do early Deliveroo orders. Our final dish, Alitas de pollo a la miel y limón – Marinated crispy chicken wings with a lemon and honey dressing at £5.50, was lovely once more. Although they were small, they were delightful; just as you thought the depth of honey was about to get to sweet, it was cancelled out by the lemon tang.

For dessert, we had Torrija – Caramelised brioche bun soaked in custard, served warm at £4.95 and Pastel de chocolate y turrón – Chocolate and hazelnut brownie served with Spanish almond nougat cream at £4.95. Soft and squishy, the cinnamon brioche bun was a wonderful indulgence to end on. The brownie was warm and lovely and the almond cream was unbelievable. I would have it again and again. I could have it now. I need to go back…

Tapas Revolution Newcastle is a great Spanish concoction that I was thoroughly impressed with. I like the food in Spain. I like the food from Spain in Newcastle. Newcastle didn’t need a new tapas restaurant but in Tapas Revolution they have gained a new tapas restaurant that means every other tapas restaurant in town will need to up their game.

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