Tapas Revolution Shoreditch

Executive chef Omar Allibhoy during his welcome highlighted that they are the only restaurant in London to have a full Spanish Gin list / cocktails list including the likes of Gin Mare, and also stock Spanish artisanal beers! A very important consideration when locating a unique place to dine on a night out with friends.

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(Photograph from Neil Reading PR)

We kicked off with cocktails, wines and beers, including a Gin and tonic with mint and ginger (Nordes Gin & Fevertree mediterranean tonic ) [£9] :

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These were accompanied by a great drinks tapas selection of Patatas bravas (£3.75), top grade jamón: Jamón ibérico de bellota Joselito (£10.95), and Pan con Tomate (£2.95) that whetted our appetites for the following courses. The jamón had a wonderful, nutty sweetness and was very moreish!

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Next arrived a very pretty plate of Ensalada de calabacin – beautiful courgette rings encircling velvety Idazabal smoked cheese complemented by earthly beetroot, the sweetness from the hazelnut dressing, and topped with truffle foam and elegant edible flowers (£5.75).

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Next we had a gorgeous Iberico pork cheeks, chestnuts and dark chocolate (£8.25). A chocolate, meaty hug in a bowl – the perfect remedy after a long hectic shift at the hospital! The dish was packed with flavour and the meat was falling apart. It brought back memories of the wonderful dark chocolate and chilli elements of a family friend from Belize’s Mole dish that we used to enjoy when we were younger.

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We then got the homely comfort of a brunchy traditional classic tortilla (£5.50):

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Next Omar delighted us with marinated beef with garlic, pan fried potatoes and peppers & finished with a demi-glass reduction. Gorgeous and a true delight to eat!

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And we rounded off the meal with a dessert platter of Creme caramel,  coffee bonbon with condensed milk, and a traditional Easter brioche dessert with egg custard & cinnamon :

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C’s favourite was the coffee bonbon with its surprise of dark chocolate brownie pieces hidden at the bottom, whilst J’s favourite was the cinnamon warmth of the comforting brioche dessert – ones which you could be happily enjoying whilst relaxing with your feet up and a glass of dessert wine to hand. Omar, a sofa and some footstools could be an idea for somewhere to decamp to post dinner (around the side of the bar in the corner)?

He even arranged for a blackout midway through the evening to remind us Goans of our eating by candlelight/ emergency lighting experiences! 😉

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Ended the meal with a fantastic Victoria Ordonez Moscatel (£6.50) recommended by our waitress – a perfect way to end the evening!

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Omar is very passionate about his food, drinks and sourcing and this came across during the evening as he enlightened us on what we were eating.

Great food with a wonderful vibe that allows relaxed conversation, and with pleasant service. Thanks Omar, Sophie and Maureen. See you all again soon!

The menu tasting event was organised by Neil Reading PR.

Twitter: @tapasrevolution @NeilReadingPR @Soph_Macdonald @ginMare #foodie #bloggers





Please see our Facebook photo album for more pics from our visit.

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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