If you’re stuck in the UK this Summer there are ways to feel the holiday glow, for example why not pay a visit to Tapas Barcelona, in the heart of Southampton. Located in the newly developed Cultural Quarter, the uniquely styled restaurant offers customers an authentic Spanish dining experience in the heart of the city.
This beautifully decorated restaurant comprises a spacious dining area, with an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work, a paella kitchen, as well as an intimate back bar where you can dine at the foot of Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo. If you follow the sweeping wrought iron staircase upstairs, you’ll find the delightful mezzanine lounge bar. High ceilings with modern yet classic lighting arrangements make for a dramatic atmosphere – perfect for indulging in true Spanish tapas.
With influences from Spanish speaking kitchens from around the world, the menu features many favourites including Iberico ham croquetas, patatas bravas and mouthwatering paella along with a wide range of vegetarian and gluten free options.
We caught up with them to find out how things were going:
Tapas Barcelona opened a couple of months ago: how have things been going?
Since opening, Tapas Barcelona has made its mark on the Southampton food scene for all the right reasons. Word has gradually spread and it is has proven to be a very popular venue for both dining and drinking. Our Afterwork Club, with offers on Tapas trees, 2-4-1 cocktails and 30% off all draught, bottles, pouring spirits and house wines is fast making Tapas Barcelona the place to meet at the end of a long day in the office. It also offers a refreshing choice from the multinational chains found on every high street, with its original decor which transports you to the back streets of Barcelona.
Is the menu traditional Spanish, or can we expect any local twists?
Before deciding on the menu our management team spent two days in Barcelona visiting some 80 Tapas venues. That really helped us create a menu that we’re really proud of, while also enabling us to refine the look and feel of the venue.
What dishes are proving popular so far?
As such we don’t have a signature dish, but many are proving very popular like the Acorn Fed Iberico Ham, Paella and Spanish favourites such as patatas brava and patron peppers and chicken chillindron