Hola amigos! As you may have noticed, the weather is Baltic but today’s offer is rather more appealingly Balearic in tone. As the icicles begin to form on your extremities, those memories of Spanish summer holidays may be fading fast but the lovely people at Edinburgh’s two Tapa restaurants can help bring a little sunshine back into our chilly, frost-encrusted lives.
As you may have guessed from the name, Tapa serves Spanish tapas. Very good they are too. The boss, Robert Scobie, has had a hand in a few of Edinburgh’s notable tapas restaurants such as The Tapas Tree and Tapas Ole. He got his love of Spanish food from his Mum and from working in the Spanish restaurant trade.
It all shows in yumalicious dishes like the chorizo in tomato salsa; the plates of Iberico ham; the aubergine crisps drizzled with honey and, of course, that old fave gambas pil pil or prawns sizzling in tomato, chilli and garlic olive oil.
While many of the dishes would be right at home in the trad bodegas of Seville, Tapa also likes to get a bit experimental. So if you fancy a little walk on the wild side then explore the world fusion section of the menu. Lamb chops dusted with Moroccan spices? Does that do it for you? Deep-fried Scottish brie with a sweet chilli jam? How about the courgettes stuffed with Mexican style hummus? You know you want it.