Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Review - Papatapa Vinos + Tapas Bar

 One of the things that i love about city breaks and holidays to Spain, or it's associated islands, is the wonderful flavours and colours of the local foods.
Myself and my beautiful wife Nicola have been travelling to Lanzarote for a number of years now and have a few restaurants that we will always revisit based on the high quality of food and service that we have received in the past. Of course, it is always great to find somewhere new that very quickly establishes itself as a challenger for the favourite list!

Papatapa Vinos + Tapas Bar is situated in the harbour area of Puerto Del Carmen. It occupies the building that was once Rumm Nightclub, a place that gives my wife flashbacks to a horrible night of too many margaritas! for those that don't remember Rumm, Papatapa sits next door to the famous Casa Roja restaurant. I have a feeling that Casa Roja could have something to do with the ownership of the new tapas bar based on the the fact that the staff kept wandering back and forth between the two.
Nicola and myself were walking back to our villa when we noticed that there was a new eatery on the waterfront. Outside there was a chalkboard advertising an offer on a tray of pintxos for €8. The waitress came to the door to chat with us and before you could say "una mesa para dos personas", we were sitting with a bottle of Vina Sol and two glasses!
We ordered the mixed tray of pintxos and a half racion of ensalada rusa, a typical potato salad. The salad was a delicious mix of vegetables, boiled potatoes ,hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise. Papatapa served their version with roasted red peppers and grated boiled egg on top. Grated egg was a new one on me, but the change in texture added a new dimension to the salad. 
Moving onto the pintxos, the tray consisted of six different toppings served on top of delicately flavoured bread.

 Clockwise from top left,
  • Pulpo Galicia - octopus
  • Queso de cabra y albahaca - goats cheese & basil
  • Gambas con ajo - prawns with garlic
  • Salmon ahumado - smoked salmon
  • Embutidos mixtos - selection of cured meats
  • Champinon y pimientos de padron - mushroom & green pepper
As you can see from the above photo, the presentation was stunning. More importantly, each pintxo was loaded with just the right amount of topping, and were  packed with plenty of indiviual flavour.  As the sea breaze worked its way in from the harbour, we worked our way through our lunch. The waitress popped over and explained to us that the bar had only opened towards the end of the summer but had seen a steady increase in lunchtime trade. I am sure that as word spreads about the tasty tapas and pintxos on offer, coupled with the varying lunchtime chalkboard offers, Papatapa should become a regular lunchtime retreat. 
With the right balance of quality food, well priced wine and typically Spanish surroundings, make sure that you pay a visit to Papatapa next time you're in the old town of Puerto Del Carmen.
I know that we are already looking forward to returning when we come back to Lanzarote in September.


1 comment

Frances said...

The food in Lanzarote would definitely take you to a great experience in dining and could help you find the best restaurants available within that area.

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