24th May 2016 6pm
We had got ourselves a £25 voucher for Tapa in Leith so we went to check it out. Tapa is a cute place, it’s décor is perfect for tapas dining, understated but somehow with plenty of Spanish flair. We both loved the vibe of the restaurant. Early doors we were warned that the servings were bigger than traditional Spanish tapas and to make sure you factor this in before ordering. These were wise words and do heed them. It’s good as it encourages a decrease in food waste.
So, there are options for nibbles whilst you wait for your main tapas dishes to come through, so we opted for bread, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and Queso Manchego to munch on whilst we waited. As you’ll be able to see from my photo, there is no getting away from it – the bread rolls did look like boobs. However, they tasted great and the three dips – olive oil with balsamic vinegar, pesto Manchego and a beetroot dip – were all delicious. The manchego worked quite well as an alternative to parmesan in the pesto. The manchego slices had great flavour and the jamon, depth and maturity. The cheese and ham came with mini bread sticks which were good for texture.
Most of the tapas dishes came out close together (although we chased the ribs). First we tucked into the Morcilla De Burgos. For those of you who don’t know, morcilla is like a Spanish version of black pudding. Quails eggs were placed on top of the tower of morcilla. This was all nice enough but I’m not sure it was massively successful as a dish. Perhaps the quails egg wasn’t able to provide enough yolk for the amount of morcilla. That being said, this was the only one slightly unsure note of the dinner. The patatas bravas, unsurprisingly, were delicious. They started off sweet and smokey then the subtle heat developed as you continued. Punitillitas (crispy fried squid) were fab and plentiful bite sized joys.
The ceviche of seabass was the winner for me. The fish had a beautiful citrus zing and was vivid with mango, pomegranate and chilli. It was both fresh and delightful. Finally we had the costillas (baby back ribs). There were masses of these. They were of great quality though with lots of meat on them. The glaze was also delicious. We couldn’t quite finish them all but we gave it a good try.
We did find that it could take a bit of time getting the waiter’s attention but it was worth it for some tasty food.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Value – 8.5/10
Overall – 33/40
Would I eat here again? Yes
Cost £55 for tapas plus 1 beer and a Malibu and Coke