Thursday, 28 August 2014

An evening of tapas with Omar Allibhoy at Tapas Revolution


 
I was recently invited along to join Omar Allibhoy for dinner to experience the new dishes on the menu at Tapas Revolution. As you may already know, Spanish food is another of my passion's, and I've already had the pleasure of meeting and cooking with Omar at a cookery class at Leith's (see post here). So when asked, I didn't hesitate to accept!
 
 
The restaurant is located on The Balcony at Westfield shopping centre and is Omar's dream of bringing a taste of the casual, convivial style of a Spanish all day bar to London. From calamares fritos to jamon de bellota, a crisp cold cerveza to a cheeky Rioja, Omar shares the everyday eating habits of his life in Madrid.
 
 
As we sat down at the bar we were first treated to a bowl of delicious, plump olives which Omar had sourced and cured himself accompanied by jugs of cold Sangria laden with steeped fruits.
 
Omar went on to tell us a little about the menu at Tapas Revolution, how it changes every quarter with the seasons. This is topped up with a specials menu that varies depending again on seasonality and availability. We were then tempted with a host of dishes he'd chosen for us to sample....
 

Fuet: Catalonian cured pork sausage with lovely white marbling


 
Ensalada de tomate: red and yellow tomatoes, olive and red onion salad doused in olive oil

Pan de la casa: toasted bread topped with a tomato and garlic sauce and jamon Serrano
 
Gazpacho de sandia; traditional Chilled vegetable soup with a hint of watermelon


Pulpo a la Gallega; simply steamed octopus with potatoes and pimenton paprika


Arroz negro; black rice with saffron, prawns and squid, served with alioli


Croquetas de jamon; deep-fried Iberico ham croquettes
 
Grilled baby artichoke with Romesco sauce
 
Pimientos rellenos de setas; Piquillo peppers stuffed with mushrooms in a pepper sauce
 
Crema Catalana; traditional dessert of Spain, made with vanilla pod, cinnamon and orange


All of the dishes were truly amazing, I eagerly await the opening of Shoreditch and many more Tapas Revolution!

Muchas gracias Omar x