Eva and I went to the recently opened Tinto Taperia on Sunday evening for dinner. Tinto Taperia is next to the Theatre Royal on the site of the El Mexicano restaurant that closed last year (the owners wanted a change of cuisine). It is owned by the same people who owned El Mexicano, and the chef used to run the kitchens of the El Mexicano. The restaurant has an approximate capacity of 45 as well as an outside terrace for 20 plus.
The interior is Spanish in feel and layout, bright tiles on the walls interspersed with colourful Spanish posters from past decades/eras. The seating suits all tastes, with traditional tables and chairs, booths and high tables with high backed bar stools.
The menu offers an excellent selection of Tapas, paella and steak for those not interested in Tapas.
We were warmly welcomed, the service was very friendly, efficient and professional.
We selected a variety of Tapas dishes:
-Gambas (which were very spicy and flavoursome),
-a selection of cold cuts (generous and tasty),
-meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce,
-chicken thighs in a garlic and white wine sauce (bloody good, my personal favourite),
-tortilla (a lovely potato and onion omelette),
-potatoes in a mojo pican sauce (rather a nice change from traditional fried potatoes) and
-mushroom croquettes with manchego cheese (Eva loves manchego cheese).
All the food was well cooked, well presented and bloody tasty.
Unlike some establishments the hot dishes were all served at the same time (which is what we wanted), and I am also pleased to say (again unlike some establishments) the dishes were not swimming in a lake of olive oil.
Kudos and compliments to the chef and staff!
The bill, which included service, a very good white Rioja and four flaming sambucas (The Ivy please take note!) came to £88.
NB: In case you are wondering dear reader, yes the four flaming sambucas were all for me (Eva just wanted a coffee).
A fun establishment, good food and welcoming professional service. It is well worth a visit, we most certainly will be returning!