Sharing is caring – maybe that’s the reason behind the unbelievable success of tapas. Traditionally a Spanish concept, you can now get French tapas, Italian tapas, Asian tapas – all sorts of tapas! Gone are the days are just ordering a dish for yourself and having to choose just one thing from a mouth-watering menu. Why not try everything? If you happen to order something you don’t like, there’s always something else on the table to try. Genius.
My latest local eats review is Donde, a simple tapas restaurant near Honor Oak Park station. It’s in good company on this little stretch of shops and restaurants – the pizza joint Mamma Dough is most certainly on my list to try. I went with a friend for a quiet dinner on a Tuesday night.
A selection of Spanish cheeses (yay, manchego!) and quince
What this place lacks in refinement (the decor is a bit rough and ready) it makes up for with the food. To start, we had the Spanish cheese selection with quince; the cheeses were ace but they were a bit mean with the quince – more quince please! It also doesn’t come with crackers so order bread too.
Pulpo – Galician octopus with vivaldi new potatoes
To follow up, we had a complete mish mash of flavours. Patatas bravas (a must at any tapas joint, if only for a point of comparison – these were very tasty), tender stem broccoli, honey glazed chorizo, and galician octopus with vivaldi new potatoes. This was only a tiny sampling of what the menu offers, but all of it was good. The octopus was my highlight. How lucky am I to have such great local restaurants so close by? Another SE success.