The word ‘tapas’ does not refer to a specific type of food. Instead, it refers to a way of eating that comes from Spain so as to represent the cuisine found here perfectly. Tapas basically refers to small portions of different dishes, containing only a few mouthfuls but when many are eaten together then they make up a full meal. Sometimes tapas are sold as a smaller version of something on the menu, usually about a quarter of a full-sized portion. Other times, they have their own part of the menu and are sold separately.
There are many different types of tapas, so much so that you are bound to find at least one that you like. The great thing about them is that you can pick and choose exactly which dishes you want, ensuring that no matter who you’re with, be it family, work colleagues or foxy bingo friends, everyone will end up happy. However, there are a few tapas dishes that are more popular than others, one of them being gambas al ajillo, or garlic shrimp. This one is great for garlic lovers, as it is bursting with flavours and fresh aromas.
Another popular tapas dish is patatas bravas, or bravas potatoes. The sauce on the potatoes contains a hint of Tabasco, hence the name “bravas” which means “fierce” in Spanish. This is one of Spain’s classic tapas dishes and it is served in bars all over the country.
For those who like chorizo, there is jamón, queso y chorizo con pan, which is made up of ham, cheese and chorizo with bread. This is another popular dish and one that is particularly easy to make.
Good tapas bars in Spain will usually have boquerones en vinagre, which are anchovies marinated in vinegar, oil and garlic. This, along with many other dishes are well-known and much-loved throughout Spain so if you get the chance to try some good quality tapas, you will not be disappointed.