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Spain & its tapas, a good old combo that reminds me of my visit to Madrid, Spain for the first time couple of years ago. I loved it! This year it was Valencia where I found Sagardi, an upmarket tapas-style restaurant in the centre of Valencia serving beautifully (& delicious) tapas.
Located on the busy San Vicente Martir Street, it serves tapas on the ground floor with upstairs true Basque cuisine with meat & fish dishes & Spanish wines & cider.
The tapas bar has high ceilings with large windows to catch the Spanish sunlight to shine through, creating an open space. Wooden farm-like features throughout the venue with wooden high tables & chairs that reflects the Basque taverns. And those large barrels where from the bartenders serve Spanish cider (different in it’s kind, dry & not that sweet as I thought) doesn’t go unnoticed neither!
The origin of tapas (tapadera) goes as follows. Many believe that the slice of cheese on top of a glass of wine was to protect it the wine against bugs & flies. When it was served to King Alfonso XIII or King Fernando XVII after a long trip, he eat it anyways, where after he always demanded a tapadera with his wine.
The tapas are beautifully presented on a allocated self-service section at the bar. Many different kinds to choose from that makes you walk up & down twice first, before actually grabbing the delights.
An assortment of sweet & savoury. The waiters even come around with hot tapas & samples from the bar to taste, if you're lucky for nada.
The way of payment still strikes me. In Madrid I experienced it already, but here too you need to keep the toothpicks & once you're done the waiter counts the picks, which has a set price, plus the drinks you consumed. That's it! All based on trust.
Perfect for visit with family or friends. The enthusiastic English speaking waiters & bartenders makes your really feel at home. They take time to explain to concept & the many different style of tapas they have on display. As part of Grupo Sagardi, an international restaurant group, I luckily I have one closer to home here in London.