Movida

13 Oct

One word. WOW! This new Spanish restaurant is fantastic. I am not sure where to begin.

First of all, this is how they position themselves and it is very accurate. “Authentic Spanish flavors prepared with a unique modern flair. Signature craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients and paired with classic Spanish tapas.”

It’s located in the old Industri space …warm and inviting with lots of wood, chandeliers, casks, etc…. the décor is by no means a total re-do but they did a nice job of updating it.

Let’s start with drinks. They all seem to have a Spanish twist. So for example, I had a Madrid Mule. Tito’s vodka, lemon juice, crème sherry, ginger beer, mint. Not in a copper cup. It was fantastic. On another occasion I had a Pisco Sour. Don Cesar Pisco, lemon juice, egg white and Bittercube Bolivar and Blackstrap bitters. Divine. And they have so many more options that I need to go back and check out. A Spanish Margarita made with Ancho Reyes Chili Liquer, Aqua de Valencia with vodka, lemon and orange juice and cava and an Old Fashioned made with red chili simple syrup and Spanish brandy. You get the idea. Not to make it an after-thought but they do have a very nice, albeit not extensive, wine list and house-made red and white sangrias.

As for the food. Everything we tried was exceptional. And, everything, including the paella, is small plates so you can order lots and share. The beef tenderloin tartare with guindilla peppers and a duck egg and manchego crisp was spectacular. For those of you who know me, you know I don’t like peppers. I border on being allergic to them. Well the peppers were so perfect in this that for once a pepper added to the flavor for me instead of detracting. We had a lovely arugula salad with and orange cava dressing, crispy Serrano ham and a Spanish cheese. The seafood paella was amazing served in a 6” mini paella pan. And let’s not forget about the tapa with potato chips and a broken duck egg on the top with chorizo. So good. Dessert was vanilla bean flan, which could not have been any better, and an apricot toffee buttermilk cake for C.

I could go on. But I won’t. Anyone reading this gets the idea. I LOVE this place

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