Ah, tapas. Small plates that - when cooked right - deliver big flavours. Liverpool wasn't always particularly famous for its tapas compared to somewhere like London. However, there has been something of a love affair with Spanish cuisine in recent years, and sharing plates of meat, seafood and vegetables have never been more popular in the city.
Today, food-lovers of Liverpool are lucky enough to have a diverse and tempting range of tapas bars to choose from. So here’s our list of some of the tastiest tapas joints in town.
Regarded by many as the city’s best Spanish restaurant, Salt House Tapas is a bustling, informal venue where you can share some food - and gossip - with friends.
It is one of those places that 'lets the food do the talking'. Try the Baby Chorizos with Honey, the Roasted Iberico Pork or the Roasted Hake Fillet with Serrano Ham. Or, if you want to keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with a Charcuteria - a wooden panel laden with Monroyo Serrano ham, loin, chorizo and salchichón with bread and olive oil.
Neon Jamon, located just south of the city, is a tapas bar that divides opinion in Liverpool. But for us, it’s a real winner, thanks largely to its incredible sourcing. Take the Trevelez IPG Jamon, for example, which is cured at an altitude of 1,200m to give it a sweeter flavour. Delicious.
You’ll also find really great plates of Iberrico Belota Lomo (cured, acorn-fed pork), Hamburguesa (mini beef and veal hamburgers) and crunchy, gooey Croquettas.
Nestled in the heart of Liverpool One, Lunya’s motto is ‘passion on a plate’ - and it shows. From the Sarsuela (a traditional fish stew) to the deep-fried Monte Enebro (reputed to be Spain’s finest goat’s cheese), Lunya goes to great lengths to create authentic Catalan cuisine.
If some of Liverpool's tastiest tapas wasn’t enough, you can also peruse the many cookbooks and pick up a few bits to take home from Lunya’s very own superbly-stocked delicatessen.
Tapas Tapas is a local authentic tapas bar born out of the love of Spanish food and culture. Most of the produce is imported from Spain, with suppliers in Barcelona Córdoba, Jaén and León while also supporting local suppliers for fresh meat, fish, and vegetables. The menu also suits vegetarians and vegans... Tapas for everyone!
Bacaro is an Italian and Spanish influenced restaurant for sharing plates and Campari drinks. Bacaro is translated in Venice as a workingman’s pub where snacks called cichetti are served in small plates, and wine is served in a commensurately small glass! The Menus range from Á le Carte to Vegan to Gluten-free all maintaining the authenticity and joyfulness of their simple origins.
There you have it - a selection of our favourite tantalising tapas restaurants in Liverpool. Have we missed any? We’d love to hear your favourite places to share some Spanish fare.