Birmingham’s ramp that leads from New Street into the new shiny Grand Central is a ramp of legend. How many Brummie kids have met friends, dates or family on or at the foot of the ramp. The ramp as I’ll call it leads into a world of food and shopping, oh and yes something to do with trains. (New Street Station)
The first restaurant you see when you enter from New Street is Tapas Revolution the shiny small group of Spanish Tapas cafe, bars and restaurants owned by Omar Allibhoy. Inspired by the tapas bars of his native Madrid Tapas Revolution is open from breakfast until bedtime, for food or drinks, at the bar or at a table, the choice is yours.
With four restaurants in London, Grand Central is the first outside of London to open and much is expected of the restaurant in the revamped shiny new Birmingham shopping paradise.
The Restaurant as you enter is open plan with half walls seperating it from the shopping centre. You can sit as we did overlooking the station below or around the busier kitchen. The station view seats are more private for couples or smaller groups or families.
We visited on a Monday evening so the station and the restaurant were quite quiet but still had a nice atmosphere. I was impressed though that you didn’t notice the station noise below. It felt private.
The menu at Tapas Revolution is split equally into Meat, Fish and Veg tapas with a section also for nibbles (Picoteo).
As Ruth and I were here to sample the tapas that’s what we did. You can enjoy Spanish burgers of which one is vegetarian (Tortilla burger) and of course breakfast (again there is a vegetarian option).
Having eaten some of the best veggie tapas In San Sebastián, in North Spain I’ve ever eaten (called Pinxtos) at bars with such an array of food that it looks quite daunting but isn’t at all, I have a little idea of authenticity which Omar is trying to replicate in the UK.
We began with drinks. I ordered the Spanish gin based “Pomada” Xoriguer Gin and Fever Tree Lemonade. A refreshing gin tonic from Menorca with grapefruit and lime. Very nice, though quite sweet. Ruth ordered a glass of white wine (Vino Blanco).
We decided to order a couple of nibbles (Picoteo) to share.
So ordered Almendras de Mallorca: (slow roasted almonds) and the beautiful Pan Con Tomate (toasted bread, garlic, tomato and olive oil) which was deliciously tomatoey and with a good but balanced garlic flavour. Lovely.
Almendras de Mallorca.
I advise if ordering for two to order six tapas to share or 3 for one.
The Vegetarian Dishes from the Tapas menu I ordered were:
Piquillos Rellenos de setas: piquillo peppers stuffed with mushrooms.
An ok dish. piquillo are hand picked and slightly sweet and worked well with the mushrooms. Not bad. Needed more seasoning maybe.
Tortilla de Patatas: Spanish omelette made with potato and onion.
The star dish of the evening for me. Reminiscent of San Sebastián with delucious comfort food par excellence, transforming a couple of humble ingredients with a soufflé like effect. A well made tortilla.
Pisto: Aubergine, courgette, pepper, and herb stew.
A lovely ratatouille type dish typically from the region of Murcia and La Mancha. Served warm it was comforting and Warming with the flavours of finely chopped aubergine and courgette providing a healthy backdrop to the pepper and tomato base. Really enjoyable.
Patatas Bravos: Deep fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli. (To share with Ruth)
What’s not to like about potatoes and tomato sauce. Nothing in this case. As Tapas Revolution’s Potatas Bravas was the best I’d had outside of San Sebastián. Utterly beautiful.
Croquetas de bacalao: Cod croquettes which Ruth Ordered and enjoyed.
We were initially disappointed that the Churros weren’t on the menu tonight, but vowed to return to enjoy them.
We decided to order the crema Catalana (Traditional Spanish custard made with vanilla, Cinnamon and lemon. Also known as burnt cream and the Torrija: (caramelised brioche bun soaked in custard)
The Crema Catalana:
A lovely Catalan cream desert. Delicious flavoured custard with the flavours of vanilla and lemon coming through. A lovely caramelised top.
Torrija: A very tasty soaked brioche bun with a fried and batter consistency. Sticky, yummy, a crispy outside and smoother inside. A Recommended desert.
Tapas Revolution is a fun Tapas restaurant that is an excellent addition to Birmingham’s food scene. It’s ideal for an informal sharing meal either at lunch time, breakfast time or during a shopping trip. It also works well in the evening. The service was friendly, quite swift but always polite, though it did move swiftly into a ‘chainy’ style a few times which was a bit grating. It’s maybe not an intimate romantic venue but is Ideal for people watching.
The tapas we tried was good, some wonderful and among the best we had tried outside of Spain. I really liked it’s informality, it’s pop in at any time concept, which in Birmingham is welcome.
The emphasis is on quality and freshness of ingredients and dishes to the plate. It’s in a Good location and accessible for commuters.
Tapas Revolution is much better than many new openings recently in Birmingham and for this reason is welcome. I wouldn’t hesitate to return any time of day for its good value tapas.
The Revolution has arrived.
Bar at Tapas Revolution.
Thanks for reading.
Disclaimer: we were invited by Tapas Revolutions PR company to eat free and sample their dishes for a fair review. My opinions and thoughts are honest of my experience as always.
You can find Tapas Revolution at Grand Central Birmingham.