Last week Aida and one of her good friends went to dinner at Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar. Tapeo has been serving Spanish tapas for 15 years on Newbury Street. This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere perfect for small gatherings. We went on a Saturday night and the place was packed, we strongly suggest you make a reservation before heading over.
Before talking about the food, which was good, we would like to address Tapeo's service. Our waiter was very scattered. Just to give you an idea it took about 15 minutes before she even acknowledged we were there, 20 minutes to get our glasses refilled with soda and water, and another 15 minutes before she came up to pick up our payment. We were disappointed with the service, especially considering that she would check on the table two feet away from us every seven minutes or so, yet never bothered to ask us how we were doing.
Now on to the food, we stuck with Tapeo's tapas menu. First up were the Tostadas de Alcachofas, which are artichoke, mushroom, and goat cheese crostini. Aida's friend did not enjoy the amount of artichokes, frankly there were just to many which made it sloppy to eat. These tostadas were very flavorful. The goat cheese added a nice creaminess to the dish and its flavor did not overpower the artichokes.
|Tostadas de Alcachofas|
Second we had the Patatas Bravas, which are potatoes with Piquant Tomato and Aioli Sauces. This potato dish was delicious! The mildly spicy aioli really took it to the next level. The potatoes were cooked well and the portion was perfect for sharing!
Next came Tapeo's Chicken Empanada. Aida is from Puerto Rico and her friend grew up in Chile, therefore between the two they have had plenty of empanadas. Compared to others this empanada was not nothing out of the ordinary. The filling was flavorful and the empanada shell was well cooked. We wished we had been told that there only came one medium sized empanada per order for these savory pastries are hard to share.
Our fourth tapa was Tapeo's Pão de Queijo, which is a crusty Brazilian cheese bread. This bread was addictive! It was packed full of cheese flavor. We could have easily had five more orders of these! Delicious!
Last but not least, we had Tapeo's Gambas con Gabardina, which are saffron battered shrimp with a spicy green mojo. The thick batter overpowered the shrimp's flavor. However, the mildly spicy mojo verde was absolutely delicious! It was the best part of this dish and it helped enhance the otherwise lost shrimp flavor.
Overall, we had a good time at Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas Bar. Their excellent location is hard to beat. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun. However, the service needs improving. It was good place for a girls night out! Next time we are definitely trying their Sangria...it looked delicious!
For more information on Tapeo Restaurant and Tapas bar visit http://www.tapeo.com/default.aspx.