Glass sits down for dinner at Tapas Revolution, West London

SPANISH chef and founder of Tapas Revolution, Omar Allibhoy has certainly created a buzz amongst the UK food scene. As well as opening his first restaurant in 2010 in Westfield, he has also published a hugely successful cookbook, which became the fastest selling Spanish cookbook of 2013. Allibhoy was born in Madrid and trained by the legendary Ferran Adria of El Bulli. He arrived in the UK in 2008 and after a two-week motorbike tour of the country and cooking for people he met along the way, his restaurant was born.

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Located right in the middle of the Westfield complex in west London, Tapas Revolution is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat mid-shop, or enjoy a glass of Sangria of a weekday evening. The entire restaurant is essentially a freestanding bar in the middle of the balcony with a miniature kitchen nestled in the centre. The layout makes for a delightfully informal and friendly setting for you to enjoy a drink or a couple of tapas plates, with bar stools around the circumference and team of eager staff ready to educate you on the authentic and delicious menu.

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I have to admit, I was a little hesitant when I saw the tiny kitchen – how much great food could actually be produced in such small space? I was definitely proved wrong! We were greeted by a charming team of staff who were thoroughly well versed in the succinct, yet varied choice of dishes. We decided to order a hefty selection of small plates, from the fish, meat and vegetarian parts of the menu. We were given a enthusiastic recommendation on a couple of dishes such as the Torreznos con mojo dulce (pork belly) and the Suquet de pescado (cod stew). The pork belly absolutely fell apart in my mouth and wasn’t too fatty, which can often be a let-down of this dish. The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was succulent and packed full of flavour.

Similarly, the cod stew was a dish neither my guest nor myself had tried before but we were pleasantly surprised with the texture and flavour combination of gentle spices and nuttiness. Tossed in tomato sauce, with potatoes, saffron and almonds, this was the perfect dish to warm the senses on a chilly evening. We also thoroughly enjoyed the crispy fried aubergines, served with honey and thyme. The balance of sweet and savoury was so moreish and well-seasoned.

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The wine list is simple but features hearty reds like the Tempranillo, which accompanied our meal. We rounded off the evening with a Spanish dessert classic of churros and chocolate sauce. Freshly prepared and coated in cinnamon sugar, these did not disappoint. I just wished I hadn’t agreed to share! Despite being in the middle of a hectic shopping centre, Tapas Revolution is a great space to zone out and enjoy a taste of Spanish atmosphere. Care and attention is taken with the delicate preparation of every dish and the freshness of the ingredients is unmistakable. Omar Allibhoy has created a wonderful, easy-going vibe in his restaurants, which will no doubt continue to grow.

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by Heather Doughty

Tapas Revolution, Westfield London