I have been on the hunt for a decent Spanish tapas in Edinburgh for a while with Tapa being my latest trial after a number of others. I have to say I was a little disappointed overall. The food is not authentic at all - having a Spanish wife and me being a very keen cook of Spanish cuisine I have a bit of inside knowledge. I had gambas (greasy and not fresh), patatas bravas (the spicy tomato sauce I'm sure is out of a packet), croquettas (almost positive they were frozen with 1% chicken) chorizo (incredibly fatty and cut..weird. god knows what they really were :/ ), calamares (the one saving grace!), lamb (okay..but not really tender enough) and whitebait that I'm sure was old. Fresh fish shouldn't smell as strongly as these did even when cooked.
While the service was okay the food was a let down along with the atmosphere and general 'feel' of the place. The tables, chairs, crockery, cutlerly and tableware look and feel very cheap. The place doesn't feel welcoming or warm at all and to be honest, I didn't feel comfortable or at ease. I wanted to leave as soon as possible.
Mortal sin - spelling and grammatical errors on your menu. That puts me right off - if you can't get the first point of contact right, what chance does the food have?
I'm very disappointed overall. We spent £50 for 2 adults and a child and it was definitely not worth it by any stretch.
Why can't Edinburgh come up with a decent and genuinely authentic Spanish Tapas Restaurant? None of the 6 I've tried so far are remotely close serving up dishes as authentic as a protestant Pope. Yet, everyone says the food is excellent. These places are giving the Spaniards a bad name fobbing off customers with poor food as 'authentic'.
Such a shame.
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