There are a few things the Divas don’t like sharing – our men (except our beloved Sensei, of course), our drinks, and our food (except with each other). But sometimes, a night of tapas with friends is just the kind of night you need.
Diva #2 and the Firm headed to Tapas 24, one of the newest additions to the Mtl Cuisine family, and the only other restaurant outside of Barcelona opened by renowned Spanish chef Carles Abellan. Located on Notre-Dame Ouest, a large orange door ushers you into a spacious, modern-industrial restaurant that has not stopped buzzing since opening in the summer.
Any place that has a section on their cocktail menu dedicated to different combinations of gin and tonics is a winner in the Divas’ book. We tried two different concoctions, the Navidad and the San Sebastian. The Navidad was definitely the stronger of the two, using Citadell gin, cranberry juice, clove and angostura bitters, it was garnished with a sprig of fragrant rosemary. The San Sebastian was refreshing and light. Both came with different tonics in a separate bottle which was fun and it allowed you to decide how much tonic you wanted in your drink.
La Bomba is a lightly breaded croquette stuffed with meat and potatoes, similar to the Italian arancini. It was topped with a small dollop of brava sauce which is a spicy Spanish tomato sauce that added a subtle zing. The potato inside was smooth and the meat was tender. Definitely a fun item to have from the menu!
Served on a slate serving plate, the long single skewer of Quebec lamb was medium rare and lightly seasoned. It did not have the usual strong gamey taste most people dislike. Rather, it was mild and very tender. The lamb brochette really showcased the quality of Quebec lamb.
You can‘t have traditional Spanish tapas without having bacalao, or cod, which is a big staple in Spanish cuisine. We opted for the cod croquette, as per our waiter’s recommendation. We loved it! Like the Bomba, it had a thin, crunchy exterior and the inside was very moist, like a gourmet fish cake. It was paired with a lemon and maple sauce which Chef Abellan used to make with honey until he was introduced to Quebec maple syrup. It added a sweet and tangy element that made for a delicious tapas.
The most surprising dish of the night was the marinated vegetable salad. The Firm had suggested that we try this dish, and it was definitely one of the best dishes of the night. Very simple, it was a salad composed of marinated vegetables including cauliflower, radishes, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms and raspberries. Very fresh and crunchy, it is definitely not something to overlook at Tapas 24. And you know how we feel about salads, they’re for rabbits!
If you’re looking for something decadent, try the McFoie burger. A patty of melt in your mouth filet mignon and caramelized onions was served with a generous portion of whipped foie gras to add at your own discretion! And we never stopped adding foie gras to each bite. The foie gras was velvety smooth and topped with fleur de sel. It made for a perfect little burger!
The tuna tataki had a very pronounced smokey flavour. Barely seared on the outside to create a crust, the middle was bright red and silky. The ponzu sauce added a hint of freshness, and while the tomatoes worked well with the dish, they weren’t necessary.
Whoever Tio Nelo is, we love him! The molten chocolate fritters are four to a serving which is perfect for such a rich dessert dish. A very thin shell encases an overflow of dark chocolate, still slightly warm, that oozes out as you break open the fritter. It is a simple, indulgent dessert not to be missed.
A little bit of Barcelona in Old Montreal is a very good thing. The drinks are creative, the atmosphere is bright and the food is delicious. It is definitely a place the Divas and company will be visiting again.
Our Rating: Splendid
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