I recently shared with you the news that Tapas Revolution was opening in Intu Eldon Square. I was invited to cook alongside the founder of this fledgling chain – Omar Allibhoy – at a special preview evening (which you can read about here). I was looking forward to a return visit to see the staff in action as well as sampling more on the menu, although the vegan options are limited – as I previously reported. This didn’t deter me, however, and I took along a meat eating pal to report back on what others should order if giving it a try too.
Naturally, the first thing we did was order a G&T. Tapas Revolution is definitely somewhere to pop into if gin is your tipple, with an extensive selection on offer. I ordered the Ginabelle again, while my friend tried a Menorcan Xoriguer. Served with lemon, grapefruit and lime, this zesty drink was a real ‘perk-me-up’ after work for her. We also had some nibbles while perusing the menu.
Opting for the Pan con Tomate to start which we both you enjoy, we moved swiftly on to the Spanish classic Patatas Bravas. The sauce coating the potatoes was thankfully not as hot as I’ve experienced in other establishments. Ensalada de tomate con queso de cabra (Tomato Salad) was served without the cheese so I could share this with Catherine. She opted for the Jamón Serrano del Consorcio, which she said was delicious and had a nutty flavour.
She was also treated to Pulpo a la Gallega – a dish consisting of steamed octopus, potatoes and paprika. I was never a big seafood fan before I became vegan so the sight of the tentacles was not a welcome one for me, it has to be said! By the time her deep fried Iberico Ham Croquettes arrived she was fit to burst, but Omar saved the best for last.
Knowing I was disappointed by the lack of vegetarian and vegan-friendly paella on the menu, he made a pan especially for us. This was much appreciated and something I genuinely hope to see on the menu in Newcastle very soon. With mushrooms, green beans and peppers, this was very filling and I especially enjoyed the ‘sticky’ bits from the edge of the dish.
Staff were attentive but allowed us to nurse our drinks after the plates were cleared away without us feeling rushed. The atmosphere of Tapas Revolution is very much like that of a restaurant in Spain, and it is easy to forget you are sat in a shopping centre while chatting away over a jug of Sangria.
Omar is still overseeing the kitchen and training staff to his exacting standards. While some may be sniffy of yet another chain in the Toon it is clear that he is ‘hands-on’ and proud of his brand. Expect to pay between £2 and £7 for a tapas dish, while a main course like Paella to share is between £24 – £28. Tapas Revolution is a great place to dine whether on a date night with your other half or wanting a catch up with your pals. Judging by how busy it was on a dreary Monday night many have been flocking for a taste of Spain since it officially opened over a week ago.
Thanks for reading,