In his native Madrid, Omar Allibhoy has been hailed as the Jamie Oliver of Spain thanks to his revolutionary cooking. Since arriving in London in 2011 his Tapas Revolution has gone from strength-to-strength with branches in Westfield and Bluewater being followed by his latest opening in Shoreditch.
Boldly claiming to “put tapas on the map in the UK”, Allibhoy has pitted himself against tough opposition with the likes of Brindisa and Barrafina. But, after sampling some of the delicacies on Allibhoy’s mouth-watering menu, he might well be onto something after all.
The jamón ibérico de bellota joselito has an equally bold claim in being the best ham in the world. After devouring the moreish slices as greedily as the pigs that it came from -renowned for eating acorns and herbs in Spain’s woodlands – we would have to agree with this declaration.
The ensalada de calabacin – a salad of sliced courgette, truffle foam, Idazabal smoked cheese and hazelnut dressing – is good, but the cheese and truffle foam dominate too much among the different flavours. The atún con ajoblanco y vinagreta (tuna carpaccio), meanwhile, is simply delicious. As is the grilled chorizo burger with rocket and honey – finger-licking fantastic!
The burgers have been recently introduced to the lunch menu, much to the delight of the local employees of the area. Among them is the calamari burger, the black pudding morcilla, the tortilla and the smoky bacon huevo frito.
We’re getting hungry just writing about it all, viva la Tapas Revolution!