Made famous in Spain, Tapas can be found in every corner of the world. The finger food was developed to inspire friendly conversations within the community. Many cafes serve the snacks cold or hot and the varieties are endless. Fried, steamed, dried, raw, cooked, or baked these savory delights are best enjoyed with a bottle of wine, good music, and great friends.
Since their conception, Tapas have evolved into a chic cuisine. They are usually mixed and match to make up a sharable full meal. In this installment I’ve put together a list of great places to find these delicious delicacies.
Gastronome Wednesday ~ Tapas
La Cova Fumada – Barcelona
With an atmosphere reminiscent of old Spain, this family kitchen style restaurant serves unpretentious dishes packed with flavor. Most known for their Bombas (meat filled mashed potato balls dipped in breadcrumbs) served with three sauces, La Cova Fumada is the perfect place in Barcelona to enjoy these traditional delights. Be prepared to share a table with a local because the small eatery is always busy, adding to the experience.
Located at: Carrer Baluard 56,
PH: +34 93 221 4061
La Cobva Fumada
Tapas & Tintos – Miami
Located on the busy Espanola Way in Miami, Tapas & Tintos serves authentic Spanish cuisine. With classics like Albondigas en Salsa de Tomate (Beef meatballs with parsley and garlic in tomato sauce), Pimientos del Piquillo Rellenos (Piquillo stuffed peppers with cod), and Huevos Rotos (Poached eggs with potatoes) guest are guaranteed a genuine experience.
Located at: 448 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States
Uno Mas – Hong Kong
Really? Spanish tapas in Hong Kong? Absolutely…the executive chef, who once worked in one of Spain’s most prominent restaurants, perfectly re-creates traditional Catalonian cuisine into an inspiring menu. Accompanied by seven types of Sangria, diners are often heard asking for Uno Mas (one more)! Packed with large groups of locals, this trendy café is a must try when visiting Hong Kong.
Located at: 1/F, 54-62 Lochkart Road, Wan Chai
PH: Tel +852 2527 9111
Ohla Tapas and Cocktails – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Spanish chef Toni Valero has created a contemporary tapas venue with equally delicious and visually superb authentic Catalan cuisine. Touted as the best Spanish food in Kuala Lumpur, Ohla Tapas & Cocktails is best known for the Mediterranean Seafood Black Rice made with squid ink rice infused with lobster broth and generous chunks of lobster meat. Call ahead for reservation, the restaurant only seats 25.
Located at: G-18, The Intermark No.348, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
PH: +60 3-2175 0380
Cova Tapas y Sangria – Manila, Philippines
Along with its range of stylish tapas the chic restaurant is designed to resemble the interior of a cave, with high ceilings and black and white features. The Mejillones al vapor (fresh mussels steamed in draft beer, lemon, and bacon) is to die for as is there vast selection of fresh Sangrias extending from traditional red to white citrus and apple pie. Cova Tapas y Sangria is a refreshing must try bistro.
Located at: 22 Jupiter St. Jupiter, Manila, Philippines,
Ph: +63 2 478 9700
I’ve been all around the world and one of my favorite things to do is to find cuisine that you wouldn’t expect. I hope you enjoy this week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday ~ Tapas.
What is your favorite Tapas restaurant? Have you been to any of the eateries I’ve mentioned? Share your experiences with us.