Recently hailed as Birmingham Best Spanish Restaurant at the Birmingham Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards, Tapas Revolution is one of the better restaurants to grace Birmingham city in recent years. Located in the much new and improved Grand Central Station, Tapas Revolution is located on the top floor. I was expecting an enclosed restaurant, but the restaurant is an open plan in an almost food court style. There are obviously pros and cons to this layout, I really enjoyed people watching. But I think if you want a more intimate setting, then perhaps the layout may be off putting. But, after all Tapas is all about sharing with family and friends........
The concept of Tapas Revolution, Spanish chef Omar Alliboy, wanted to share the traditional tapas in Spanish to the UK. I really liked the Spanish feel to the restaurant, there were charcuterie of meats hanging near the bar area which I think added a unique touch, this is not something I have seen in many restaurants before.
I was greeted by a Spanish waiter (a great nod to authencity) who ushered my friend and I to our seats. Our drink orders were promptly taken, as it's a Spanish restaurant, I ordered the Venta Morales Tempranillo, red wine (£5.25). Our drinks and food order was taken in a timely manner, which I think is important especially after a long day at work - who wants to wait around for food?
As tapas is all about sharing, we ordered 6 Tapas dishes. I wanted a combination of Tapas food that I have previously tried before and new dishes. I had high expectations having eaten Tapas dishes in Spain.
To kick of the sharing feast, I like to order a combination of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. First up was the huletas de cordero, (roasted lamb chops marinated with spices and served pink £7.95). This is the first time, I tried eating a lamb dish in a Spanish restaurant. I asked for my lamb to be cooked medium, which it was and I thorughouly enjoyed the lightly spiced and yet moist lamb tapas.
Next up was the Torreznos con mojo dulce, (crispy pork belly with sweet and spicy sauce £5.75), now I LOVE pork belly so I had high expectations. The pork belly was tender, melt in your mouth, succulent pieces of gorgeous pork. I was very impressed with the presentation.
A firm family favourite when eating at Spanish restaurants, calamari fritos (deep-fried squid with alioli £5.50). Another dish that I had high hopes for. This has to be the BEST calamari I've tasted (even better than what I've tasted in Spain), the calamari pieces were sooooo thin. Simply gorgeous.
Patatas bravas (roast poatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli £3.95) was a I expected with a healthy dose of alioli, this was a great tapas to compliment the meat dishes that were ordered. A surprise highlight of the night Tortilla de patatas (classic Spanish omelette with potato and onion £3.95). What's so special about the Spanish omelette, well it was nothing like an ordinary omelette, this was a high rises, succulent and moerish tapas - probably my new favourite tapas.
To finish off, we ordered the Spanish classic, churros (£3.50). Gorgeous deep fried donuts with a rich chocolate sauce.
Tapas Revolution is open from 10am - 9pm Monday-Friday, 9am - 10pm on Saturday and 10am - 8pm on Sunday. I always ask the same question when I visit restaurants; "would I visit again?". The answer is yes, I loved the food, the service, the atmosphere and the prices are very affordable.
Poitives: Friendly staff, good food, great atmosphere and a great location.
Negatives: None that I can think of as of yet.
Disclaimer: I was invited to review Tapas Revolution, all opinions, as always are my own.