There is a hidden little place that my wife and I have gone to eat numerous time called Ceviche, a restaurant in south Tampa that serves Spanish tapas and paellas. The Restaurant is actually a great idea. When you come in you feel almost as if you were entering a small-underground tapas restaurant in Madrid. They also have a great menu with mostly hot and cold tapas plates and a few paellas options. The menu is great, however, the last few times we’ve eaten there we were somewhat disappointed. One of our favorite plates is the Berenjenas Asadas which are grilled eggplants baked in a tomato sauce on a bed of portabella mushrooms. The were few time we ordered it was actually great, but the last couple times we had it they were cheap with the sauce and the portabella mushrooms, since they were none. We were also disappointed by the “champinones de Sevilla which are supposed to be “Woodland” mushrooms with peppers, garlic and bread with goat cheese. Againg, they were great the first few times we had it but the last time we went there they only served us baby portabella mushrooms with way too much oil. On the other side, many of their seafood and meat plates are actually great. The “Gambas al Ajillo “garlic shrimp” are usually very good although sometimes the spicy flavor of the shrimp varies. One of my favorite plates there are the “Calamares rellenos”, which is squid stuffed with veal and chorizo in a tomato sauce with manchego cheese. Its almost like eating the most delicious surf and turf plate tapas style. But like I said, may be it depends what day you go there of in what mood the cooks are.
Another thing I noticed is that the pace is not the cleanest restaurant you have ever gone to, but it certainly is a lot cleaner than Sangrias, another tapas restaurant in south Tampa. The room in the restaurant is very dark so it may be hard to notice how clean the floor is. Its not too bad though at least it doesn’t stinks like cat shit…
I know we wont be going back to this place any time soon; nevertheless we might still go back one day. The main reason for this is the price of the restaurant. Its just not worth it for us. Every time we leave Ceviche we leave feeling hungry and we usually spend at least $100 ( And we don’t drink). I think I prefer going to other restaurants in Tampa where for the same price we get much better food in a much more comfortable place and we don’t end up felling hungry. But if you want to have good Spanish food and don’t care to spend too much for little plates of food, Ceviche is probably your best bet.
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