I went to Barcelona with my family. It's been a while since we've had great tapa's in Brookline. Great tapa's in my book is a large variety of superbly prepared dishes, with each one having a unique flavor and distinction. We were not disappointed.
We arrived early and were seated immediately at a street side outdoor table. We heard that lines start at 6:00 to 6:30, so we arrived at 5:30. By 6:15, every table was filled and a line of patrons was forming on the sidewalk. Clearly we aren't the only ones who appreciate this great addition to Washington Square.
If you are stay at the Marriott Courtyard or the Holiday Inn, this restaurant is a bit of a walk, but easily accessible by the Green line C train. Just get off at Tappan Street (at the Star Market).
We started out with the trio of meats and cheeses and selected 2 varieties of Ham and 1 sausage. Usually my 6 year old is very selective about what she eats, so we wanted to get starters that we know she would enjoy. The selection of meats was very good and high quality. The ham was similar to good prosciutto and complemented the fresh warm bread.
We order chorizo with figs, gambas in garlic sauce, octopus, and vegetables. These were nicely prepared and the octopus was particularly tender. My very picky daughter latched onto the octopus and gambas and devoured them. They were both succulent and tasty while not being overly greasy or oily. The gambas were cooked with a mild hot pepper which gave it a bit of a kick.
Dessert and cafe con leche followed along with vanilla ice cream and apple rhubarb crisp.
All in all the meal was affordable and satisfying.
The owner is very attentive and came by to check on our meal and make us feel welcome. This was a nice touch.
Just a Note: Although we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the restaurant lacked Child friendly features. They should add a children's menu and provide crayons and paper. Given the overcrowding of the schools by families, they should probably pay a bit more attention to this growing demographic.
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