I love love love tapas: I’ve always been a fan. To me, there’s nothing better than trying loads of different dishes and sharing them with your nearest and dearest.
When I found out a tapas restaurant was opening in Altrincham (my hometown) I was overly excited, yet, I left it until last night to actually make a visit. I’ve been to Porta in Chester and thought it was amazing (plus the location is right next to the Roman walls, which is just picturesque).
I’ve walked past Porta loads of times when it’s been nice weather and people chose to sit outside which is one of my favourite things to do (it doesn’t’ take much to impress me…) Unfortunately, the Great British weather didn’t want to play ball yesterday and it rained for the entire afternoon into the evening, meaning that we had to sit inside.
The restaurant itself is very quaint and authentic and smells amazing as soon as you walk in. I was meeting my friend Rosie there, but as I was the first, I thought it would be wise to get a table as it looked busy. When I walked in, I was greeted straight away by one of the waitresses who asked if we would be ok by the bar; obviously, that was fine with me, and only made the experience feel much more ‘Spanish’.
We walked past the bar which was piled high with Spanish delicacies, and she showed me to our seats and handed over a menu. Although the menu wasn’t huge, it had some favourites on – deep fried squid, patatas bravas, cured meats, the usual you would expect from a tapas restaurant. The price point was around £3-9, which for the quality of the food, is totally worth it.
I had a quick look at the drinks menu and ordered a glass of merlot, which was reasonably priced at £3.15. Rosie arrived shortly after and ordered a wine herself and we had a catch-up whilst perusing the menu.
The waitress brought her wine over and went through the special with us (marinated chicken skewers with tzatziki) and gave us a few minutes to decide what we wanted. Because the idea of tapas is to share a number of different dishes, we ordered six between the two of us and it was the perfect amount.
We went for the chicken special, patatas bravas, deep fried squid, chorizo and lentil stew, ham croquettes and manchego cheese with quince. The dishes come as soon as they’re ready (which is exactly what I like #impatient) and it only took a few minutes for the first one to come.
Because the plates were quite small, I was worried that it wouldn’t fill us up, but it really did. All the dishes were so homey and tasty, and even Rosie, who went to Barcelona earlier in the year, mentioned that it was the best tapas she had ever had, and I would have to agree.
I think with tapas, it’s quite easy to get it wrong, especially if you go to a chain restaurant, so it was refreshing that every dish was perfect. The whole meal cost us £36, which I think is really reasonable for the size of the portions and the quality of the food.
If you live locally or are visiting Altrincham, I think it is definitely worth a visit. Have a read of the whole menu here.