Tapas – The small portion of food that Spaniards love to have along with a drink are well recognised worldwide as a symbol not only of the Spanish gastronomy but also of its traditions and lifestyle. Therefore, Tapas Day is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of June, an occasion to commemorate and enjoy the Spanish gastronomy around the world.
Note: Tapas are a variety of small, savoury snacks and finger foods typically served in Spain with wine and drinks. Fava celebrated World Tapas Day with Chef Alejandro, who visited us all the way from Spain.
I (MacroTraveller) endured a tasting session of Tapas curated by guest Chef Alejandro Espinosa of Spain and Chef Abhijit Saha of Fava. Chef Alejandro Executive Chef and runs the award-winning restaurant called ‘El Patio del Catedral’ in Segovia, Spain.
Reds and Whites (Torres) wines were imported from Spain, and their Sangrias escorted our tapas at the tables.
I began with the light, and airy vegetarian Potato Bombs stuffed with golden corn stuffing and salsa brava. Potato bombs stuffed with corn, cheese, and vegetables with flavours that explode in your mouth served with a spicy tomato sauce.
The Stuffed Roast Pepper followed this with a delightfully fresh mushroom and herb filling. Roasted yellow and red bell peppers, stuffed with a mixture of zucchini, mushroom, tomato & fresh herbs – served with garlic crumble and sliced morel (mushroom).
Next, Textures of Andalusian Gazpacho (Jelly, Pudding, and Natural). Gazpacho manifested in four textures of jelly, pudding & vegetables in their natural form along with a chilled Andalusian classic soup.
I liked Crusty Valencian Bread with Topping – Cheese, roast aubergine, onion, zucchini, and cherry. Valencian style mini flatbreads with toppings (like a mini pizza).
I loved Mushroom Forest – A play of mushroom, vegetables, romesco, herbs, and microgreens. An excellent creation of varieties of mushrooms, vegetables served with crispy noodles and romesco soil.
Asparagus & Spring Onion in Tempura – Catalan style with citrus sauce and foam. Fried in a light & crispy batter – served with a sauce made with orange, lemon, orange rind and foam made with the same sauce.
Artichoke & Bean Paella – Baby vegetables, alioli, and lime. Tasted fine!
The overwhelming Grilled Roasted lamb chops marinated with fresh herbs were exceptional. My fellow bloggers enjoyed it.
Fish and other seafood make for very reliable tapas, and I my friends tasted the Lemon and garlic marinated Grilled Mackerel fillets served with migas (a mixture of bread crumbs). They liked it too.
Garlic King Prawns – A traditional Tapa of prawns cooked with chili, garlic & olive oil served with cherry tomato, pickled beets & coriander leaf.
Basque Style Tuna Tataki – Seared Tuna with sesame seeds & ginger – served with avocado, lime, coriander, chili & paprika sauce.
Eggs Special Deconstructed Spanish Omelette – Sous vide cooked organic eggs served with potato & onion espuma, crispy leeks, romesco sauce & truffle oil. Interestingly good!
No meal is complete without dessert. I tasted Dark Chocolate & Olive Oil Mousse, and it was quite good. But Deconstructed Mango Crema Catalana was fantastic, and I loved it. Catalan style light and foamy caramel flan espuma served with fresh mango cubes and topped with a twisted sugar cage.
The festival is on from 15th June to 24th June. So what you’re waiting for, indulge yourself with the authentic bites of Spanish cuisine at Fava. Get there soon and don’t let the date ta’pass by without trying them!
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