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El Tapeo

Juárez, Mexico City

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 80%
  • Food (Execution) 80%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 90%

Details for Location Reviewed
El Tapeo

Locale: Juárez, Mexico City
Address: Oslo 4

Telephone: +52 55 5207 8799
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Tapas - Finger Foods
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$ Menu items offered: Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm to 10pm

Restaurant Details
El Tapeo

Locale: Juárez, Mexico City
Address: Oslo 4

Telephone: +52 55 5207 8799
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Tapas - Finger Foods
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$ Menu items offered: Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm to 10pm

Summary of Review

Wow! Check out the images. They were beautifully plated. And each one tasted just a good as it looks. Maybe better. Spicy, but not hot. Just Spanish cuisine, done right.

Summary of Review

Wow! Check out the images. They were beautifully plated. And each one tasted just a good as it looks. Maybe better. Spicy, but not hot. Just Spanish cuisine, done right.

Restaurant Review for El Tapeo

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.2 stars
Review Date: 08/05/2017

What a find! I was exploring the “backstreets” of Zona Rosa this afternoon and chanced upon this little tapas restaurant. Despite having 9 five star-reviews on Google (none of which are likely planted, as the old man that runs the place probably doesn’t even know Google exists) you have to zoom all the way in to the maximum zoom magnification for the place to even appear in Google maps.

As the name implies, it specializes in Spanish (Madrideño) tapas. I’ve been to about two dozen restaurants in Latin America in five major cities that claim to serve Spanish cuisine. Most don’t come close. They think if they put a Spanish name on the door and have some Spanish décor, that will suffice. Imposters!

I’ve found three that are the real deal. Sagardi, a nice upscale Basque restaurant in Buenos Aires (and now, in Mexico City), Tamcat, a slightly more casual Spanish restaurant in BA, and this little diamond in the rough in Zona Rosa in Mexico City.

The décor at El Tapeo is nothing fancy but it’s pleasant enough. My waiter was efficient and amiable and was able to answer all my questions about each of the dishes. The owner is on site. He’s a Madrideño that relocated to Mexico in his 30’s. The menu is simple, but that’s good. It means the cook has a much a better chance of getting each dish right. And from what I saw at lunch today, that strategy is working.

To put the kitchen to the test, I decided to order four of the smaller tapas dishes. What you see in the photo slider are, left to right: Papita Rellena Gratinado do Queso de Cabra (Stuffed potato with Goat Cheese Gratín), Pimento de Piquillo con Relleno de Col de Res Estofado (Braised Beef stuffed Pepper), Chorizo Cocido al Vino Tinto (Spanish Chorizo Sausage cooked in Red Wine), and Butifarra Plancha con Aji-Oli (Italian Botifarra Sausage with Aioli).

Wow! Check out the images. They were beautifully plated. And each one tasted just a good as it looks. Maybe better. Spicy, but not hot. Just Spanish cuisine, done right.

So rare to see such excellent execution of Spanish dishes in Latin America. (Just because they speak Spanish doesn’t mean they can cook it, unfortunately.) These tapas were all delicious. And I’d say for such high-quality ingredients and superior execution, priced extremely well. The four tapas averaged about 27,50 pesos each (about US$1.50).

Those four little tapas were so good, I told the waiter to bring me his favorite dessert. Out came the “leche frita”. So simple. But delicious. Accompanied by a tasty cappuccino.

I regret to say that the list of beers, distilled spirits and wines is not all that impressive. Hopefully the owner will consider getting some quality artisanal beers and few good wines and mezcals on the menu to equal the fabulous finger foods.

In the meantime, do as the Madrideños do, drink a pitcher of sangria.

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