Tapas Revolution is an award winning tapas restaurant in Birmingham’s fantastic Grand Central. The restaurant is the brainchild of Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy, and has recently launched a new Summer menu of seasonally inspired dishes. I went along today (with my dad) to try out the food and the service. I have to say, I’m totally converted to it’s charms and can’t wait to visit again.
The idea of tapas is that you order a range of sharing plates, with the menu suggesting 2-3 per person. We ordered a selection of meat, poultry and fish dishes, along with a potato dish to accompany. But as this was a celebration of Spanish food, I started with a delicious Sangria, packed with fruit and ice and very refreshing.
The new menu is packed full of tempting dishes, including Gazpacho de Sandía (traditional Andalusian chilled tomato soup with a watermelon twist); Galician Empanadillas (spinach and goat’s cheese parcels served with onion & saffron marmalade); Alitas de Pollo a la miel y limón (marinated crispy chicken wings with a lemon & honey dressing) and Chuletas de cordero (roasted lamb chops marinated with spices & served with pomegranate and radish). My dad, an aficionado of lamb chops ordered these, and they were perfect, cooked so the meat was soft and virtually fell of the bone, with the spice providing a touch of heat that was a welcome surprise.
The great thing about tapas is the opportunity to try new things, and at Tapas Revolution every dish is cooked to perfection, packed with flavour and presented so beautifully that you (almost) don’t want to eat it. The Patatas Bravas are a delicious combination of potato, rich tomato and a creamy garlic flavour, the dish is hearty and the potatoes are plentiful. I loved the Paella Valenciana, a saffron rice dish cooked with chicken. The rice was buttery and worked so well with chicken, especially for someone who isn’t a fan of seafood paella. (Like me.)
Meat is very well served on the Tapas Revolution menu, with my favourite being the tasty and spicy Pinchos Murunos con Mojo Picon, these are marinated beef skewers that come with a spicy dipping sauce. These were again cooked to perfection with the beef being slightly pink and very soft and succulent. For pork lovers, the sticky loveliness of the crispy pork belly with sweet and spicy sauce is a must, the slightly hickory smoked sauce with a taste of sweet honey is an unusual and vibrant flavour that is a standout on an already great menu.
Our final choices include my personal favourite food, prawns. The tiger prawns cooked with garlic and chilli oil are meaty and packed with flavour, and the portion is of a decent size, although I didn’t share! The final choice was Croquetas de Jamon, a lovely combination of Iberico ham and Bechamel that combine the creamy cheesy and smokiness of ham perfectly.
Tapas Revolution is a major plus point for the Birmingham food scene. The service is friendly and prompt, with staff so helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The atmosphere is vibrant and the decor perfect for a leisurely lunch or dinner. If you enjoy the choice and variety of tapas, then you need to try Tapas Revolution.
Ground, Grand Central, 68A East Mews, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4XJ