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SEEN Reviews: Little Galicia at Tapas Revolution

SEEN hardly needs an invitation to Shoreditch in these long summer days of pop-ups and beer appreciation, so it was with great delight that we attended the Tuesday Night Little Galicia Takeover of Tapas Revolution to partake in a tasting menu that paired the very best of Galician cuisine with some top beers from Estrella Galicia – Spain’s premier producer, if you didn’t know.

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SEEN hardly needs an invitation to Shoreditch in these long summer days of pop-ups and beer appreciation, so it was with great delight that we attended the Tuesday Night Little Galicia Takeover of Tapas Revolution to partake in a tasting menu that paired the very best of Galician cuisine with some top beers from Estrella Galicia – Spain’s premier producer, if you didn’t know.

We kicked off with a nice refreshing half-pint of Estrella and nibbled on miniature breadsticks with saffron bitter – very rich. The lager cut through the richness of the butter a treat. The first course was Pan Con Alioli; the bread was fresh and warm, like ciabatta, and the alioli creamy and light, then we shared a plate of Pimientos de Padron; little fried green peppers crusted with sea-salt – utterly mouth-watering. The pièce de résistance was the Smoked Chorizo in Estrella Galicia – a hearty and spicy dish. These dishes were paired with Estrella Galicia beer, which had quite a complex taste to complement the heartiness of the food.

The second course arrived: Pulpo a la Gallega – delicious and salty octopus and potatoes; Empanada Gallega – a hearty tortilla filled with a spicy seafood, and the ubiquitous Patatas Bravas which had a chilli kick and an alioli made with milk rather than egg, as Tapas Revolution Supremo Omar Allibhoy himself told us. SEEN has tasted many a Patatas Bravas in her time and has often found them to be nothing more than glorified chips, but the addition of chilli and alioli really lifted this splendid dish. We drank 1906 Reserva Especial with this, which was light and refreshing.

Our dessert was ‘Filloas’ Crepes with ‘Dulche de Leche’ Cream and Cinnamon. The balance of creaminess and sweetness was just right and was paired with the most delicious beer of the night (in this reviewer’s opinion) – the 1906 Black Coupage, which was almost a dessert in itself, it was so rich in chocolate and coffee flavours.

All in all, a lovely night out with a buzzing atmosphere, some great sounds on the decks courtesy of @RetroVacation, plus swift and friendly service by attentive staff. Go by yourself, as a couple or with a huge party of friends, the companionable ambience will sweep you up. It’s the very opposite of formal, stuffy dining, which is exactly what tapas are all about.

58 Bethnal Green Road
Shoreditch
London
E1 6JW
020 7729 3330
tapasrevolution.com

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