Got out of the Bay Area and ended up in Sacramento on Saturday afternoon, drove by Tapa the World, and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised by the experience.
Hubby and I started with a pitcher of sangria, which was perfectly prepared and a great match for the hot weather. We had four of the Spanish tapas:
- Patatas bravas: crispy fried potato chunks with a side of red sauce. Pretty good -- but I prefer the potatoes and red sauce cooked together the tradtional way
- Tortilla espanola: Excellent traditional tortilla, served at room temperature along with a few olives and some salad greens
- Pinchos morunos: The best tapa we tried; tender pork lightly marinated, skewered, and grilled, served over finely shredded red cabbage
- Empanadas of the day, filled with beef and potatoes and served with a side of garlic aioli: This one was a loser due to a mushy, flavorless filling. The empanada dough was perfect, though, and the aioli was delicious. I can't understand why they don't offer regular Spanish empanadas with picadillo filling...
For dessert I had stawberry tres leches cake, which was surprisingly light, yet still moist and creamy. It was hands down the best dish of the meal and the best tres leches of any kind I've ever had. Hubby had a coconut coffee cake, which he said was equally wonderful (I can't eat coconut, so I couldn't sample it.) Actually, all the desserts sounded great -- there is a wide and interesting selection of dessert specials and all are prepared in-house.
We finished the meal with 2 expertly-prepared cortados (kind of like smaller, creamier cappucinos). They use Illy espresso.
Total bill was $58, which I thought was fair given the quality of the food, atmosphere, and casual-yet-attentive service.
We'll be back.
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