May 112012
TAPES I VI, LA XARA   966424767

Tops for Tapas


Whilst some cities in Spain boast entire streets of tapas bars where each bar serves it´s own unique tapa, the decidedly untouristy village of La Xara near Denia has a tapas restaurant, Tapes i Vi, that is dedicated to serving an impressive selection of quality tapas.

One could easily drive past Tapes i Vi, the only restaurant on Carrer de les Escoles, a rather dusty backstreet. The frontage of the restaurant is narrow, but once inside the décor is bright and modern with a life size copy of Picasso´s famous Guernica painting on one wall facing onto a bright red wall opposite.

There are three menu options ranging from €12 for two tapas, a main course, dessert and coffee, to €16.50 for extra tapas and to €18.75 for a selection of six tapas, dessert, but curiously not coffee. Wine is extra but Tapes i Vi do allow customers to bring their own wine and for a reasonable corkage charge of €3 per bottle.

Our first tapa was slices of York ham with manchego cheese and a peppery sauce. This was quickly followed by a salad of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and goat´s cheese served with balsamic dressing.

The third tapa was wonderful fresh calamari and this was followed by a fried egg  covered with shavings of foie gras. Absolutely delicious!

The last two tapas did not disappoint, with curried meatballs and finally lamb cutlets with slices of potato. We finished our meal with a selection of desserts – fresh pineapple, cheesecake, flan, pumpkin tart and chocolate curds.

Our generous host selected Paco & Lola Albariño 2011 and Cune Crianza 2008 priced at €18.50 and €13.50 respectively and with coffees brought the total cost to €32.75 p.p.

It was a pleasant change to be in a busy restaurant for lunch where the majority of diners were Spanish rather than foreigners as is so often the case in the Marina Alta.

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