Had my first experience at Tapino last night and it was a winner in every aspect - food, wine, service, ambiance and price. Am surprised there aren't more postings on this board regarding it - and also at the small crowd in attendance. Sunday night syndrone? The location (restaurant complex at 70th & Shea)? Whatever. It was completely deightful, and I look forward to another visit. We each ordered a flight - mine was four Pinot Noirs - forget what Doug had, but we were both pleased with the selections. We ordered and asked the server and the kitchen to bring them out in the order they thought best. I kept a copy of the menu and here is what we had:
Eggplant cannelloni with spinach, ricotta & tomato sage sauce $6; crispy goat cheese with toasted pistachios, lavender honey and sweet balsamic $7; the cheese experience- spanish manchego, danish blue, french brie & serrano ham $15 (we did request this to be the last item as neither one of us wanted desserts); crispy pancetta wrapped gorgonzola stuffed medjoul dates $6 (this actually would have made a fine dessert imho) licorice root skewered lamb chops with garlic, lemon, smoked paprika & olive oil $10; sweet & sour kurobuto pork belly with crispy wonton & sesame seed cabbage slaw $7; sonoma duck leg confit relleno with char grilled salsa fresca & shaved manchego $8; crispy shrimp with spicy orange horseradish marmalade $8; petite lobster corndogs with fancy ballpark dipping sauces (especially loved these - would order double order next time) $9; seared bay scallops with coconut thai curry, sour apple relish & crispy lotus root $8; and southern fried okra with cornmeal $5 (these were very good but could have used some of that fancy ballpark dipping sauce). We thoroughly enjoyed every dish, and felt the portions were more than adequate to share.
When I asked our waiter how long the restaurant had been open, he said just two years now, but confessed he had been there only two weeks. Surprise that - he was quite accomplished, professional and knew the menu and wine list extremely well.
If you haven't been yet - do yourself a favor and GO.