Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tapeo, anem de tapas in Barcelona, Spain

Our New Years dinner was at a small tapas place in Barcelona called Tapeo. We were lucky to get a reservation. There was a special pre-fix menu which included the most amazing Spanish tapas!

Jamón ibérico
Iberian ham is everywhere in Barcelona. Every other restaurant has it on display. It's served with a side of the most delicious bread, topped with olive oil and tomato paste. It so simple and perfect. The combination of ham and bread is outstanding. This is a must-try at any restaurant that has it!

Ham Croquettes
Another version of iberian ham. It's made of ham pieces mixed with some kind of cheese and covered with crispy bread crumbs. Absolutely wonderful hot, cheesy and soft paste-like deliciousness is covered by a very thin crust. I tried ham croquettes at a couple of other places in Barcelona but Tapeo tops them all.

Tomato and Burrata Cheese
Burrata is mozzarella on the outside and soft cream on the inside. It's covered with the tastiest olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Again, so simple and yet so delicately flavorful. This was outstanding.  

Codfish Fritters
So tasty! Not much else to say.

Squid Stuffed Sanfaina
I've never tried anything like this before and I can't even describe how amazing it was. The squid was perfectly cooked, not too chewy or mushy, and the mushroom stuffing was beyond words. I could not get enough of this. How awesome is the presentation?! Definitely one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Mushroom Cannelloni
My second favorite. Perfect consistency cannelloni stuffed with mushroom deliciousness. All covered by a great cheesy, creamy sauce. Perfection!

Truffle Eggs with Foie Gras and Mushrooms
I love anything with truffle. This was especially unique because of the way the egg is prepared. The chef makes an opening in the shell of a raw egg and drops in the truffles. Then, the opening is resealed and the egg is partially cooked and poached. So imaginative! This place really likes it's mushrooms huh. However, all the dishes are so completely differently cooked that you don't really notice the similarity.

Creamy Chocolate, Oil, Salt, and Bread
Mmmmmm, chocolate! Such an interesting combination of sweet and salty. The rich chocolate was of a creamy and semi-solid consistency. All topped with olive oil, just like all the other dishes, and a bit of salt. Yummy.

It is a tradition in Spain to eat twelve grapes in the last 12 seconds of the of the year. Obviously we did!

I am not exaggerating when I say that these were the best tapas I've ever had. All the ingredients were extremely fresh and full of flavor and so imaginative and perfect. I loved this place, it was a great way to start 2012.

Tapeo, anem de tapas
C/Montcade 29, 08003
Carcelona, Spain

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