After first discovering the delights of tapas for myself at Tapas Revolution last year (read all about that here), I couldn’t wait to head back and try some more – especially after hearing they have introduced some pretty special new cocktails.
Tapas Revolution boasts a rather cosy spot in Grand Central’s bustling food court, with high sided booths and a gorgeous copper bar creating a tranquil corner of Spain in the heart of Birmingham. As the majority of the staff are native Spanish speakers, it certainly feels like authentic culinary experience.
Having been lured back to Tapas Revolution by the promise of exciting new cocktails, we were keen to peruse the drinks menu. Despite a number of options catching our eyes (in particular the Pimento & Mandarin Daiquiri), it was an easy decision to go for the Sparkling Rose Margherita and Passionfruit Batida. Both unusual recipes, the cocktails were very well made and boasted a well-balanced combination of flavours.
The staff at Tapas Revolution are incredibly passionate about their food; always happy to recommend their particular favourite dish. After chatting to our waiter about the best way order tapas (two to three dishes per person), we ordered the Del Chef selection platter – pan de la casa, calamares fritos, croquetas de jamón, pulpo a la Gallega, albóndigas en salsa and tortilla de patatas. Also, on the waiter’s recommendation, we topped this up with the pinchos morunos con mojo picón – her personal favourite.
All of the plates were a decent size and we certainly felt like we’d eaten a good portion. Amongst our highlights were the highly recommended pinchos morunos. These marinated beef skewers have a really rich flavour and spicy sauce. The pulpo a la Gallega (steamed octopus) was a rogue selection but a rewarding choice, with more flavour than the conventional calamares. Accompanied by potato, it felt like a complete dish rather than a taster. All our tapas were of a really high standard and all the ingredients felt incredibly fresh – helped by the fact that all dishes are delivered as soon as they’re ready.
After previously missing out on Tapas Revolution’s famous churros, we weren’t going to pass up this opportunity to sample these Spanish style doughnuts. Swept up by the holiday atmosphere, we also treated ourselves to torrija (a caramelised brioche cake which was a little too sweet) an Espresso Blanco Martini and a café leche y leche. The churros were served piping hot and were every bit as delicious we hoped they would be. The Espresso Blanco Martini was a top-notch dessert cocktail, as the strong coffee flavour complimented the sweetness of the desserts. I fell in love with the cafe leche y leche, declaring coffee with condensed milk to be an inspired choice.
If you’re looking for some high quality tapas, feeling adventurous and want to try new flavours or fancy a sugary Spanish treat, I would highly recommend Tapas Revolution. It’s not just about the tapas either; I can’t remember drinking more delicious cocktails in a high street restaurant.
I was invited back to Tapas Revolution and treated to a complimentary meal, but all thoughts of heavenly tapas and cocktails are my own opinion.