The Best Tapas Restaurants
Ah tapas, the ying to the stuffy dining of yesteryear's yang. If a tapas bar gets it right then there are few better delights than settling in for a lazy session of little plates and carafes of Spanish wine. Shared plates have definitely locked themselves in as one of the new norms of dining in the city, with tapas having led the way. Here are 5 great spots to enjoy a little bite of something awesome.
Bellota
SKYCITY Auckland, 91 Federal Street, Auckland, 1010
Peter Gordon’s tapas restaurant was one of the first in town, and is still going strong. With a focus on an authentic tapas experience, there’s a fabulous selection of morsels to try out. Our suggestion – mix it up and grab some pintxos (particularly the Espárragos y Jamón with white asparagus, Serrano ham and caper aioli), and tapas (a favourite having a name far too long to write here, but basically a gratin of pepper filled with fish and prawns). Yummo. Red or white sangrias on offer too, though we’ll be traditionalists and say that the red is still best.
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Dida's Wine and Tapas Lounge
54 Jervois Road, Auckland
Ah Didas… so much to love. Eating beautiful tapas and drinking gorgeous wine whilst reclining on one of their large chesterfield couches is really quite lovely. Dida’s have two wine and tapas lounges (Jervois Rd and Devonport) and a fantastic tapas menu including delicious empanadas and some fantastic wild pork meatballs in a sherry sauce. Given that Glengarry’s is Dida’s sister company, it’s little wonder that the wine list is stunning.
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La Zeppa
33 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland, 1010
Small plates + big deck = good times. Lazy Sundays on the deck with a group of friends are oh so good at La Zeppa, and their Italian swaying tapas list is not too bad at all. The smoked fish dip with tortillas and crispy calamari are lovely, as are the smoked lamb meatballs. Have a go at their crispy gnocchi with blue vein cheese as well. Only downside – consistently disinterested service.
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