Tinto Taperia is a contemporary Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Brighton, just next to the famous Royal Pavilion and its park. With a menu filled with an authentic mix of Spanish small plates (the tapas!) and paellas, and a drinks list full of drinks such as sangria and Spanish wines, I couldn’t be happier that I finally managed to visit this gem.
As a massive tapas lover (Boqueria & Brindisa being my favourites in London) I’ve been meaning to visit Tinto Taperia for a long time now. I finally made it last weekend and didn’t have to be disappointed after such a long wait – everything I tried was luckily really, really tasty.
Let’s take a closer look at *all* the things I ate…
The decor at Tinto Taperia is simple and contemporary meets colourful and quirky, which is a combination that works surprisingly well. The dark furniture keeps things classy, and the prints and the blue and red tiles add a lovely splash of colour.
Jim and I visited during lunchtime on a Saturday, but I imagine the intimate space also lends itself quite nicely for a cosy evening atmosphere.
I couldn’t resist ordering a cheeky lunchtime Sangria!
For starters, we ordered Pan Tumaca (also known as pan con tomate in some restaurants – not sure if there’s a difference between the two but to me, they feel very similar) which is toasted bread topped with a beautifully salty and fresh tomato mixture.
We also ordered an aioli dip for £1 to go with the bread which was amazing and such good value for money as there was *lots* of it!
These potatoes are called Papas Arrugadas and hail from the Canary Islands. They are served with a Mojo Picon sauce, which is basically a creamy and spicy sauce which uses soft bread as one of its ingredients (which means it’s not gluten-free even though it might look like it)!
I loved the sauce but did hope that the potatoes would have been slightly smaller, which made this the weakest (but still by no means bad!) dish for me.
These mushroom croquettes – or Croquetas de Championes – surprised me as I *really* loved them even though I’m usually not a big fan of anything mushroomy! Here, however, the mushrooms were chopped small and combined with lovely manchego cheese which made the dish a winner in my book. The overall experience was lovely crispiness followed with creamy, cheesy goodness! Yum.
The Berenjena, which was an oven-baked dish made out of aubergines and mild tomato salsa topped with lovely, salty goats cheese, was my second favourite dish of the night, and again, very unexpectedly so.
Not unlike mushrooms, I’m not usually a big fan of aubergines. This is not necessarily even due to taste, but I’m just not a fan of the texture, which is annoying as they tend to be in a lot of vegetarian dishes! Here, however, the aubergines were chopped finely and then smothered in the lovely tomato salsa, which made them not only tolerable but really, really tasty!
And here we have my favourite dish of the evening – the Patatas Bravas. I don’t think anyone is surprised by this revelation as I very predictably always love anything spicy, carby and tomato-y, of which this is, of course, all of the above. The potatoes were elevated by the £1 aioli dip we had ordered earlier – I’m not sure if they would have made the top spot without it! In fact, I should probably just give the number one spot to the aioli dip itself…
All in all, I quite liked everything that I tried at Tinto Taperia, which for a picky eater like me is not always such a given. I can’t wait to go back – there are still some dishes on the veggie menu that I’m excited to try, like the Padron Peppers, a garlicky spinach dish and the cheese platter – yum, yum and yum!
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