It was an incredible opportunity to sample what turned out to be a wonderful menu; both classic and new tapas dishes feature on this extensive menu – there really is something for every taste. And well, I think Andrea and I can safely say that we tried as much as we possibly could for you!
I loved the dark, romantic decor; it was the perfect setting for a double date and an all round fabulous evening.
We started off with some nibbles of delicious bread and olive oil, padron peppers and rustic roasted tomato bread as Andrea caught up and we got to know Micheal and Andy a little more.
We couldn’t resist ordering a couple of portions of the Jamon Iberico, hand carved Iberian ham, and thank goodness we couldn’t! This was by far the best Iberian ham I’ve had; bursting full of flavour and as thin as a cloud – it was just incredible.
I hadn’t considered it before I was writing this to be honest, but it’s dawned on me that tapas, or any sharing style meal, is great for people who don’t know each other very well as it’s all about digging in and splitting the food between you all.
The next dish to arrive was the salt cod fritters, or bunelos de bacalao: deliciously crispy on the outside and beautifully soft and tender on the inside and jam packed full of flavour. So good that we had to order a second portion!
Now if there’s one tapas dish that I can’t resist it’s croquetas de Jamon Iberica and these really did stand out for me. Deliciously crisp, just as the salt cod fritters had been, and oozing with cheese and that incredible wafer thin Jamon Iberica – I couldn’t quite believe how good they were!
From the fish section of the menu we opted for the razor clams; beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. A lovely, light dish to accompany what we had already had.
As well as a side salad.
And a couple of utterly stand out meat dishes. The soft poached egg with chorizo, pancetta and fried potatoes was the highlight of the evening for me – it was an incredible dish that balanced textures and flavours perfectly.
The lamb loin with pickled cucumber salad, as well as being a beautiful dish, was another winner.
Perfectly pink lamb served with a really delicious salad – this was one dish that had all 4 of us fighting for the last piece!
Lamb and chorizo not really for you? Don’t worry, the grilled Iberian pork is delicious; crisp skin with meat that falls to pieces as you break it – what more could you want? In fact, it’s even better than the pork that I raved about at Boqueria.
I have to confess that at this point I was entirely full; there was no way that I could eat another thing! Though the others did opt for some desserts, including what looked like an incredible white chocolate bavarois served with cherries and rose perfume.
I’m afraid Boqueria, you’ve been knocked well and truly off the top spot, ’cause Aqua Nueva well and truly has this one.
Aqua you were an absolute delight – I’m looking forward to going back to Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Shard, too!