Tapas, the tiny plate of awesomeness, what originally began as a small Spanish bar snack, has evolved into a fully-fledged dinner option. These days all manner of venues are offering up some delicious tapas and small plate options, think more ‘Calamares a la Romana’, rather than a sad side of olives. The tapas revolution has arrived my friends, so you had better jump on this continental bandwagon. Here’s a cheeky roundup of some tasty tapas and small plates in Cardiff
This wildly popular tapas restaurant and bar serves some seriously authentic Spanish goodness, with meticulous attention to detail right down to the décor. Here you will find, sherry by the barrel, an open kitchen, Spanish style mosaics and hand carved Jamon. Mouthwatering dishes such as Galician beef, Duroc pork and Fresh goats’ cheese are lovingly cooked to order and come out to the table as and when they are ready. With an excellent selection of wine and a vibrant atmosphere, Bar 44 is the perfect place to eat, drink and frankly lose a few hours
Currado is a chilled venue that sticks to the Spanish philosophy of ‘drop in and have a beer and a pintxos’. This bar, restaurant and deli offers customers a ‘no fuss’, relaxed atmosphere, where you can fest upon traditional dishes from Northern Spain, washed down with some fabulous Spanish wine. Recent menu offerings include a delicious, Paella del campo with abanico iberico & rabbit. You can also take home a taste of Spain by purchasing some quality items from their delectable deli.
âmesœur is a cosy little independent bistro, serving a selection of delicious ‘petits plats’, which, if you recall your GCSE French class, literally means ‘small plates’. Choose from Corned Beef Hash, French Brie and Sweet Chilli Jam and Halloumi, Pan fried with Carrot and Cumin. Relax as you dine in a warming, yet contemporary setting, with brass lights, chandeliers, candles, wooden flooring that recreates the the comfort of home whilst retaining a stylish bar feel.Grab a Wriggle, here!
La Cuina serves a stunning range of Catalan style tapas and dishes and meticulously prepare everything in house meaning you get lush, freshly made food, with ingredients from both Catalonia and Wales. Feast on reasonably priced dishes such as Sobrasada, slow cooked lamb and Scallops with avocado, they also have a superb selection of fairly priced wine, so you can sink a bottle of quality red without breaking the bank. Most of the food and wine on offer can also be bought in their deli, meaning you can ‘shop the menu’ as you go along.
Uber cool Society Standard is a hipster’s dream, this large open plan venue is decked out with striped back urban décor, exposed brick, industrial art work, local ales on tap and a commitment to local produce where possible, it’s definitely where the cool kids come to dine. They serve a wide range of vibrant and tasty small plates here, that ironically have larger-than-expected servings. Current small plate offerings include Grilled Aubergine Bruschetta, Serrano Ham and Vietnamese Prawns. It’s a great place to hang with friends, fill up on small plate loveliness and indulge in a craft beer or two.
Portia Jones is a Blogger, foodie and Jamon fan