Monday, 13 February 2017

Tapas Revolution Opens In Newcastle

At the moment we are spoilt for choice with places to dine in Newcastle, with new restaurants opening regularly in the newly developed Eldon Square Greys quarter. The latest one to open being Tapas Revolution which opens today (13th February 2017) and is a welcome addition to the Newcastle food scene. I was lucky enough to be invited along for a behind the scenes sneak preview last week, where I not only got to have a look around the restaurant but I also got to meet Spanish celebrity chef and founder Omar Allibhoy and take part in a Tapas masterclass he was hosting. All whilst sampling some delicious authentic Spanish cuisine and some wonderfully refreshing drinks.

Tapas Revolution Newcastle


Located on the ground floor of Eldon Square's Greys quarter, near Greys monument you will find Tapas Revolution. As soon as I entered I was impressed with the decor, it had a very relaxed holiday vibe to it and it was an Instagrammers dream with marble table tops, bright colours and lots of decorative accessories and meats hanging on the walls. Along with the prettiest and most refreshing drinks that I have tried in a long time. 

Inside Tapas Revolution Newcastle

Omar talked to us about how the restaurant came about - it is his sixth restaurant, with his first opening in London six years ago. Omar has devised a menu from his own family recipes, he uses traditional Spanish ingredients in his dishes which are all freshly prepared. Along with an impressive drink list which includes premium Gin and Tonics (the best I have ever tasted), as well as Spanish inspired cocktails created in collaboration with the award-winning Cocktail Trading Co. Dubbed the "Antonio Banderas" of cooking by Gordon Ramsey, Omar is on a mission to bring traditional tapas to the UK and he is certainly doing it with style.

cooking prawns

As we were there for a tapas master class we were showing into the kitchen and introduced to some traditional Spanish tapas that we would be recreating ourselves with Omar's guidance. Now anyone who knows me will know I am not the best cook and I have never set foot in a restaurant kitchen before, so I was feeling a tad apprehensive about the prospect of cooking tapas for the first time. I need not have worried though as Omar talked us through everything and it wasn't as scary as I imagined, although the Gin I was consuming may have helped.

Tapas at tapas revolution Newcastle

cuttlefish tapas at tapas revolution Newcastle

We created dishes such as Chorizo a la parilla (chorizo, with a cider reduction) Sepia a la plancha (cuttlefish) Gambas al ajillo (tiger prawns with garlic & chilli) and pan con (toasted bread with tomatoes and garlic). Every dish was explained to us detailing where the ingredients came from and why they were cooked certain ways. It is clear that Omar is very passionate about the foods that he serves and that he only wants the best for his restaurants. 

tapas

After cooking up a storm in the kitchen we then got to try out the tapas we had created. The Gambas a ajillo were delicious and I would certainly recommend these to anyone who is visiting. We also got to try out some Paella de Pollo (chicken paella), every dish we tried was really fresh and packed full of flavour.

chicken paella

With such a great central location Tapas Revolution makes the ideal venue for a lunch with friends - they have a lunch menu for just £9.95 (served Monday to Friday 12-6), an after work drink - they have some great drink offers. It would also make a  great date night venue, with special set menus for two. With great food, great drinks and friendly staff it really is somewhere that I can see myself returning too with a group of friend or my other half in the near future.

gin

To find out more about Tapas Revolution and to view the menu check out the website www.tapasrevolution.com

Disclosure I was invited to attend Tapas Revolution for the purpose of this review, all views are my own. 

44 comments:

  1. My excellent cooking skills of the Tomato Bread weren't mentioned. Most disappointed 😂

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    1. Haha sorry! It was so lovely to meet you at long last xx

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  2. I keep meaning to try tapas as everytime I see photos of it (like the ones above) it looks amazing!!

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    1. It really is lovely, it was my first time trying it here in the UK

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  3. Sounds fantastic! How exciting to make your own dishes! Look at those prawns, though. To DIE for!

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    1. The prawns were utterly delicious and I am not normally a fan of fish x

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  4. I absolutely love tapas as it means you can try out loads of little things and you don't have to make a decision on your dinner x

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    1. I loved being able to try lots of different things for that exact same reason x

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  5. Wow that sounds fab being able to cook it yourself! I love cooking 😊 xxx

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    1. I was a bit nervous about the whole cooking aspect of it, it was good fun though xx

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  6. Oh it looks fab - the food actually looks really decent. I can't wait to try, I have a feeling it's going to become a favourite of ours!

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    1. You will love it, such a lovely venue and the food and drink were great. You will have to let me know what you think after you visit xx

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  7. It was a fab night wasnt it and i am so excited to visit again! Such a lovely place and im needing another of those gin and tonics! lol

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    1. It really was, the gin and tonics were amazing and I am not normally a gin fan! xx

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  8. Prawns look absolutely amazing! As do the cocktails cant wait to try it

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    1. The prawns were delicious, you have to try them when you visit. I hope you have a great time xx

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  9. I love tapas - it's my favourite cuisine. The gambas al ajillo looks delicious and i love the sound of the chorizo in cider!

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    1. They really were delicious, I did not try the chorizo as I am not a fan but everyone commented that it was delicious xx

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  10. I love Tapas, I love the variety that it gives us. This looks amazing and how wonderful that you got to have a go at making it yourself x

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    1. It was a lot of fun cooking it myself, really interesting too xx

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  11. This sounds like my kids of restaurant. I'd need to find someone to go with though as my hubby wouldn't like it

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    1. It was a great restaurant, they do steaks and things if your husband likes them? xx

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  12. The food looks so tasty. We love paella here. My husband would have it for ever meal if I made it him :)

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    1. It was delicious, my partner would live on tapas too if he could x

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  13. That's awesome and I love Tapas food! I'm sure to tell relatives who live near by :)

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  14. Oh sea food is probably the one thing I really don't like! My husband loves it though! This sounds like a fab place though!

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    1. I am not normally a fan either, my partner loves it though xx

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  15. Looks amazing, I loves Tapas Food but the Paella looks so good too. It's a really reasonable price for a lunch menu.

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    1. It really was amazing, the prices were really reasonable xx

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  16. I've never had Tapas before. This looks lovely.

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    1. It was my first time trying it, you should try sometime as it is really nice xx

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  17. It is great that as well as a great location, the food is good and it seems like Omar is really passionate about his craft which I like !

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    1. He really is very passionate about the food he serves, everything is so fresh and tasty x

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  18. Tapas Revolution sounds like an amazing place to eat.

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    1. It really is, perfect for a lunch with friends xx

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  19. What a fab experience! I prefer a small variety of of different dishes to try too. Looks like an awesome venue to visit :) x

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    1. It was really lovely, nice to try lots of different dishes xx

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  20. This all looks divine and i am a sucker for tapas x

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  21. Ah cool! This restuarant looks funky (love the Instagrammer's dream comment!). The tiger prawns with chilli and garlic sounds RIGHT up my street - and the gin, of course. Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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    1. The prawns were delicious! It was such a lovely place to dine, they have five other branches around the UK too xx

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  22. Really looking forward to trying here next week

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