Tapas Revolution – A Spanish Summer in Westfield

Tapas Revolution:

This isn’t the first time I’ve met Omar Allibhoy but I can honestly say I’ve really enjoyed every event I’ve been to where he’s been involved. He has an infectious enthusiasm for Spanish food and in the past I’ve learnt how to make various tapas dishes from him and really got an understanding of Spanish food and culture.

Omar Allhiboy Tapas Revolution

So I jumped at the chance to go along and sample some of his Spanish Summer Menu as part of a press preview.  Westfield is the nearest shopping centre to me, in West London and Omar has a restaurant there as well as one at Bluewater.  It’s the sort of place you SHOULD know about if you shop at Westfield.  Somewhere you can enjoy food that is well cooked, made from excellent ingredients and doesn’t cost the earth.

Tapas revolution - croquettas

We enjoyed a comprehensive taster of some of the dishes you can enjoy.  Of course some were old favourites for me.  I’ve even tried my hand at making croquetas de jamon – but they were nothing like as good as the croquetas de jamon we were served by Omar.

Tapas Revolution Croquetas de gambas, vieira y tinta de calamar

We also tried some dramatic looking croquetas de gambars vieira y tinat de calamar (with prawns, squid ink and scallops).  Beautifully light, salty and flavour packed, probably my favourite dish of the evening.

Tapas Revolution - Pinchos Muronos con mojo picon

I did rather like the beef skewers though, otherwise known as pinchos muronos con mojo pico

Tapas revolution - anchovies

Good anchovies are quite hard to find, they can be overly salty and dry, but these were lovely and plump morsels.  And the pulpo a la gallega (octopus and potato with paprik)a dish was beautifully tender.  Something that is not always the case.

Tapas Revolution - octopus and fried squid

And of course I’ve eaten Jamon Iberico before, but I still love it!

Tapas Revolution - Jamon

Pan Con Tomate is something that I’ve eaten a lot in Spain.  This was as good a match for the version you get in the bars of Barcelona as I’ve had.

Tapas Revolution - Pan Con Tomate

And as it’s the asparagus season, esparragos con romasco (asparagus with roasted tomato and nut sauce) was particularly appropriate.  I was quite suprised to be served with green asparagus as I’ve only ever eaten the milder white type in Spain, but the dish as a whole was lovely.

Tapas revolution - asparagus with romanesco

If I’m honest, I prefer a traditional rice based paella to the fideua,  made with pasta.

Tapas Revolution - Fideua

But, it was still very moreish!  And the watermelon gazpacho was a lovely palate cleanser.  But then I went and spoilt it all by eating far too many churros con chocolate.  Who wouldn’t though!

tapas revolution - churros

 

It was a timely reminder of how much I like Spanish food.  I’m off to Barcelona in a week or so and really looking forward to exploring some of the bars.  And, of course I’d recommend Tapas Revolution if you happen to be in Westfield.  It’s good, honest Spanish food served with style and at a price that shouldn’t hurt your pocket too much.

 
Tapas Revolution
The Balcony
Westfield Shopping Centre 
London, W12 7SL
 

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4 / 5 stars     
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Comments

  1. As a part time Spanish resident I often read reviews of Spanish food in UK and am generally dissapointed. However, I can honestly say next time I’m in London I’ll be heading to Tapas Revolution, thanks for the review.

  2. pamela Morse says:

    At first I thought it was not for me, but the asparagus with romasco is a dish I will make at home. The atmosphere does look very authentic. Olé!

    • Omar makes it special. I think when he told us his recipes were mostly down to his mum and grandma I started to really like him! And his first child is due pretty soon – it’s good to meet a man with a heart and passion

  3. Looking at every photo makes me hungry.. the jamon looks amazing. the various croquettes look equally appetizing.. the fun of eating small plates it that you don’t have to stick with one thing

    watermelon gazpacho!! yummy.. churros– unfortunately are addicting.

  4. Westfield is only 15 mins walk from me.
    The sardines and octopus look delicious … and the churros even better.
    Must really try this !

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