Although it was a snow covered Tuesday evening, from the moment we walked in, it was though we had been whisked 800 miles away to one of the back street Tapas bars you find down Barcelonas old town.
Greeted by a real Spanish owner, the Tapas Tree has that real authentic feel about it, from the background music and the decor to the wooden tables and chairs all set up with a great rustic charm.
It was quite busy for a midweek evening, which added to the whole vibe, and filled us with a little more confidence, considering this is set down the back streets of outer Shipley,not exactly the culinary capital of yorkshire.
The menu had a great looking selection of dishes and a wall board that offered the chefs specials.
We chose 7 dishes, the asparagus & sweet pepper Tortilla, the chicken & chorizo paella, and the smoked haddock fish cakes from the specials board.
The remaning dishes of Albondigas, beef stew, calamari, and a prawn with cheese & chorizo dish all from the main menu.
Couple of glasses of San Miguel finished and our tapas arrived. They smelt and looked amazing, fresh & vibrant, and the stanadard of presention was good.
To top it off, the taste was just as good, the tortila was light and had chunks of aspargus and peppers, the paella, although not made with arborio rice, was very good with nice pieces of chicken & chorizo, the fish cakes were crunchy on the outside with a soft filling of smoked haddock.
There were 3 good sized meatballs in a great tomato sauce made from lightly rolled pork, seasoned perfectly. the beef in the stew was a little firm for me, but was cooked in very good paprika peas & pepper sauce. The calamari was soft to bite and coated in a light tasty batter served with lemon mayonnaise. The gambas were only small but soft and tasty topped with melted cheese with bite sized chorizo.
We had another glass of San Miguel, sat back and thought what a little gem.
Upon asking, I was told eveything is made daily on the premises by the chef and staff (all spanish ) and these new owners had been open just over a year, although the restaurant has been there far longer.
So anyone with a previous experience of the Tapas tree should go back and see what these guys are doing now, because on our experience this really is a hidden gem.....
Parking outside is not great, but dont let that put you off, and apart from a slight mix up with our voucher deal,( immediately sorted ), this was good value for money, and well worth a visit.
So guys, thanks once again for reading my reviews, please consider leaving me a helpful vote, yet another stop off on World Domination Tour to which I'm more than happy to recommend.
Bye for now
Ps .... feel free to check out my previous stop-offs, and look out for more in the coming weeks.
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