Earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre-launch of Tapas Revolution Newcastle, which opened a few months ago in Eldon Squares Grey Quater. At the opening I was impressed with how welcoming the staff were, the decor and the delicious food and I have been meaning to revisit with my other half as he is a huge fan of Spanish food. On Thursday I was very kindly invited back to Tapas Revolution to try out the new Northern Spain vs Southern Spain tapas taster menu.
It was lovely to revisit the restaurant after the launch and even though we visited at 2 pm on a weekday it was still bustling with couples enjoying meals, friends sharing a drink and even families sharing tapas together.
The Northern Spain vs Southern Spain taster tapas menu is amazing value at just £9.95 each for three tapas from the either the North or South of Spain. The two menus are being pitted against each other during the summer with customers voting for their favourite. Each of the menus has three set dishes on them and we tried out both menus to see which we thought was the best.
The North menu consisted of Pan Con Tomate (Toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic and olive oil), Chorizo A La Sidra (Spiced sausage roasted with cider) and Tortilla de Patatas (Classic Spanish omelette). The three dishes give you a real variety of different flavours and they are really filling and perfect for sharing over a leisurely lunch.
The Pan Con Tomate from the Catalonia region was one of my favourites, it is such a simple dish but it is bursting with flavour. The toasted bread was cooked perfectly and was nice and crisp, the tomatoes tasted so fresh and were bursting with flavour and the garlic and olive oil finished it off perfectly. I highly recommend you try this dish if you visit.
Chorizo A La Sidra from Asturias was packed with flavour and a real hit with my other half. The spiced Asturian sausage was roasted to perfection in cider and it tasted as good as it looked.
Tortilla de Patatas from Navarre is a simple classic Spanish style omelette made of eggs, potatoes and onions with an alioli dip on the side. Such a simple but filling and tasty addition to the menu.
The South menu has Calamares A La Andaluza (Squid strips tossed in flour, deep-fried and served with a lemon slice and Alioli), Pan de la Casa (toasted bread topped with garlic & tomato sauce and Serrano Ham) and Patatas Bravas (Roasted potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and Alioli).
Calamares A La Andalza from Andalucia is strips of squid lightly battered and served with a fresh lemon wedge to season and an alioli dip. I am not a fan of seafood so I did not try these but my other half polished the whole lot of and said they were delicious.
Patatas Bravas from Madrid were seriously moreish, these crisp roasted potatoes were topped with spicy tomato sauce and Alioli and I were so good I will be ordering these again in future.
Pan de la Casa also from Madrid was toasted bread with a garlic and tomato sauce topping and Serrano ham. This was very similar to the Pan Con Tomate and unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as the Pan Con Tomate.
So which menu did I think was the best, the Northern Spain menu or the Southern Spain? After sampling both menus I am definitely on team North as I loved all three dishes from the menu. My other half preferred the Southern Spain menu, so I think that who wins will be neck and neck and I am looking forward to seeing which menu comes out on top.
I highly recommend you visit Tapas Revolution to try out the North vs South menu's for yourself, they are amazing value at just £9.95 each and it is a great way to try new dishes. Also if you visit this summer and sample the Northern Spain vs Southern Spain menus you will receive a 20% off voucher for your next visit plus you can enter to win a holiday to Spain with Jet2 Holidays.
Overal we really enjoyed our visit to Tapas Revolution so much so that we are already planning to revisit soon! When I visited for the pre-launch Omar Allibhoy, Tapas Revolution founder said that he only wanted authentic Spanish food and ingredients in his restaurant and I think he has well and truly pulled it off. Sitting enjoying the fresh tasty food with the Spanish decor, sipping a cold rose wine I could almost imagine I was in Spain myself, I certainly did not feel like I was in a busy city centre shopping centre.
Also, special mention needs to go to the staff as they are so friendly and the server was, in fact, Spanish so was knowledgeable about the food and made us feel so welcome. I noticed they were like this with all customers and not just us, which is something I keep an eye out for when doing reviews.
The Northern Spain vs Southern Spain Tapas Taster menus are only running for the summer so be quick and try them out while you can. Full details can be found at www.tapasrevolution.com
Which menu do you think should win, North or South?
Disclosure I was provided with a complimentary meal for the purpose of this review.