Tapas 24 Snack Bar is the newest addition to the MTL Cuisine group, the little sister of Tapas 24. Created on the basis of a typical tapas (or pintxos) bar in Barcelona, Tapas 24 Snack Bar embodies the Barcelona spirit – casual, fun and relaxed; perfect for a 5 à 7 or to grab something quick.
Located on Notre-Dame Ouest in Old Montreal, Tapas 24 Snack Bar is an intimate restaurant with seating both in the front as you walk in and in the back at the bar overlooking the action in the kitchen. We love sitting at the bar, you get to interact with the chefs, see them in action and experience a different kind of meal from when you sit at a table.
Diva #2 joined the sometimes pleasant Day Jobs & the Night Life for a non-date night. We started with drinks, a house gin and tonic, and Spanish beer. The gin and tonic was made with a Spanish gin, along with tonic and Angostura’s bitters, a slight twist on the classic. It added a whole other dimension to the drink which was served in a mason jar, complete with paper umbrella.
In typical tapas style, we also started with the coca con tomate, which is the equivalent of getting a basket of bread and butter in Spain. The bread was simply dressed with crushed tomatoes which soaked into the bread, and it was drizzled with olive oil and salt. Simple and fresh!
The papas bravas, or potatoes in a brava sauce, are a popular dish in Spain and at the snack bar. Chunks of fried potatoes are drizzled with aioli and brava sauce, which is a spicy tomato sauce. A filling dish, the potatoes were cooked perfectly, and the sauces were complimentary, they didn’t take away from the taste of potatoes. And there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of heat coming from the brava sauce.
The croquette with Iberico ham was crunchy, with a smooth and creamy filing with a slight hint of smokiness. The oxtail croquette was equally crunchy and was filled with tender braised meat, and meaty trumpet mushrooms that added earthiness to the overall flavour.
We also had the fish croquette, this one made with flounder, which is a nice change from the usual cod. It had a thin crust, and it was both salty and creamy; the lemon zest added freshness and it had a nice little kick from the spicy white miso mayo.
The restaurant industry is a small world and it’s always great to see Montreal restaurants working together. Tapas 24 Snack Bar and Schwartz’s have teamed up so that they have a few items on the menu made with authentic Schwartz’s smoked meat. We had what can be described as a Spanish poutine, with crispy fries, bits of Schwartz’s smoked meat and a fried egg on top. The yolk added richness in place of the gravy, and the fries stayed crispy!
The next tapas was a take on a traditional Andalucian recipe of white bread filled with various stuffings. Ours was made with crushed tomato, much like the coca con tomate, calamari, sriracha, aioli and lemon zest. It wasn’t our favourite tapas of the night because the calamari was overcooked, although we liked the combination of flavours.
Diva #2 was in heaven when the rack of rabbit was served, especially because the unadventurous Day Jobs & the Night Life refused to eat “the cute little bunny”. Served with an aioli, the little racks were breaded, deep fried and delicious! The meat could have easily been overcooked given its size but it was tender and juicy!
The beef cheeks were beyond tender! Served in a mini cast iron pot with a potato mousse and bright chanterelle mushrooms, the dish was flawless. The potato mousse was velvety and smooth, the mushrooms not only added a punch of yellow to the dish but also earthiness; the perfect pairing to the fork tender beef cheek.
A very simple dessert, we were served fresh cherries with a shot glass of ice cold Sambuca. Diva #2 is not crazy about Sambuca, even though she grew up with the distinct aroma in the house. The chef explained that dipping the cherry in the ice cold Sambuca helps coat the fruit better. You get the strong taste of anise as soon as you put the cherry in your mouth but once you bite into the cherry, it all melts together for a fun and different, yet very refreshing dessert.
Our second dessert was traditional Spanish churros, served in a mini clay pot. A very crunchy shell with a tender and soft interior, they were perfect. The orange sugar combined with the generous drizzle of dulce de leche made every bite delicious. And we promise you, no one will judge you if you start your meal with dessert!
Tapas 24 Snack Bar is a great addition to Old Montreal, whether you’re looking to grab something quick, to enjoy a 5 à 7, or a weekend brunch, the MTL Cuisine group has captured the vibe and feel they were aiming for – casual, friendly and fun! We had a great time talking with the chefs and we loved the tapas. You can be sure we’ll be back again soon!
Our Rating: Splendid
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