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Review: Tapas Revolution, Grand Central Birmingham

If you live in or near Birmingham, unless you’ve been hiding from the world for the last few months, you will no doubt have heard of the opening of the ‘new’ New Street Station and Grand Central. Amongst the wealth of new shops to spend ALL the money in there is also several restaurants, inlcuding Tapas  Revolution. I’ve been lucky enough to meet the lovely Omar Allibhoy, the Spanish born foudner and owner, on two occasions now so was looking forward to trying out the restaurant I’d heard much about.

The first time I set foot in Grand Central I was a little taken aback to see all the restaurants in an almost food court set up, rather than their own enclosed units. They do all however have their own separated areas seating and staff like any normal restaurant though, they are just open to the hustle and bustle of the shops, which actually can create a nice atmosphere, as long as your not looking for an intimate romantic location!

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Our server at Tapas Rev was ultra friendly, and despite it being very busy all the ordering and delivery of the food and drinks was very timely.

I’ve eaten my fair share of tapas whilst abroad in Spain and its islands, some good, some bad, although I’ve not spent too much time in the backstreet pinxtos bars of Barcelona or San Sebastian so i might not be the best person to comment on authenticity, but I know that Omar is trying to bring a taste of authentic Spanish food and tapas to the table.

There was a nice selection of Spanish Beers for Lee inlcuding this interesting one made with Sea Water, and luckily some Sangria on the menu for me. A little mention also for the weirdly beautiful shaped water jugs with a really narrow spout that meant I kept watering the table – next time I’ll be more careful!

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It was nice to see quite a small menu with a good evenly spilt selection of meat fish and vegetarian. As well as the tapas they serve breakfast, and it was nice to see some traditional dishes like Pan Con Tomate, which I love, on the list for this. We chose a selection of 6 dishes for lunch on the recommendation of our waitress:

  • Torreznos con mojo dulce – crispy pork belly with sweet and spicy sauce
  • Albóndigas con salsa – beef meatballs in a vegetable, tomato and white wine sauce
  • Calamares fritos – deep-fried squid with alioli
  • Croquetas de bacalao – deep-fried cod and bechamel croquettes served with alioli
  • Patatas bravas – deep-fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
  • Selección de charcutería – jamón ibérico de bellota, chorizo ibérico and Serrano ham
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Meatballs

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Cod Croquettas

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Patatas bravas

I always order the Calamares when eating tapas, firstly to annoy my husband as he thinks the stuff is the devils work, and secondly becuase I think if it’s done well, its a good testament to the quality of the food.  Luckily for me, it was perfectly tender, had a light batter and the alioli a large garlic hit. There was a lack of tentacles (shame, as I always enjoy these bits!) but I guess they are appealing to the masses so it’s to be expected.

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Calamares

I won’t go into minute details with the food, they had only been open for 5 days when we went after all, but overall they were really pleasant eats with good bold flavours and all well cooked. The spicy sauce with the pork belly was a delight and the charcuterie seemed good quality and good value.

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jamón ibérico de bellota, chorizo ibérico and Serrano ham

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Pork Belly

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Pork Belly

I almost cried when we were told they had sold out of churros for dessert but I guess this is just another reason to head back soon!

A good addition to Birmingham I feel, particularly against some mediocre new recent openings, and although it is part of a ‘group’ of restaurants (this is only the 4th one, and the 1st outside of London I believe), the emphasis does seem to be on quality which is nice to see. With it’s location as well, I’m sure it will be a resounding sucess.

8 thoughts on “Review: Tapas Revolution, Grand Central Birmingham

  1. amiiatucb says:

    I ate there last night. Calamares good but agree that I missed the yummy tentacles. Pork belly great. My boyfriend enjoyed the croquetas de jamon. Olives horrible but they were bottom of the jar dregs. Both sets of drinks we ordered were incorrect, despite us ordering directly with the bartender-maybe just new opening nerves. And sadly, no churros available for us either. Will give it another go at some point but not desperate to go back by any means.

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  2. bericebaby says:

    My goodness, I need that ham and pork belly in my life.
    I’ve never heard of Tapas Revolution but then again Ive never been to Birmingham – as shocking as that sounds. When I do decide to go I hope I can find this place.
    Thanks for sharing hun – Looks like you guys had a fab time, great photos also
    Charlotte x

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  3. efwalt says:

    I’m a huge fan of tapas so you’ve made me more than just a little bit hungry 😛 the OH often goes up to Birmingham for conferences, in fact he’s going up in November so I’ll definitely point him in the direction of Tapas Revolution, it looks great! How funny its in a food court style. I guess its handy and feels more relaxed but I imagine it can get a little noisy…

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