Good Food Blog
TapasPosted at 11:02AM, 14 January 2008 by Gregg Wallace - TV presenter, greengrocer
Tapas are a wonderful thing. Delicious little morsels to nibble while you're drinking. What a wonderful idea.
If you visit Spain, you'll find most traditional bars offer a selection of fantastic little plates, highlighting the best local produce of that region. And when you travel from region to region, the tapas change as you go, for example, Andalucia is famed for its fried seafood, with mouthwatering dishes like Gambas al pil pil and Salpicón de mariscos. This is a fine tradition and a good way to sample local food.
Can anybody explain to me then, why a tapas restaurant in England sells Spanish food? A tapas bar in Spain wouldn't serve English food. We're missing the point completely. To accurately copy the Spanish example we need to sell our own local delicacies.
So here's a challenge, what do you think would make the ultimate English tapas menu?