Thursday, 23 June 2016

Tinto Bar de Tapas

I bought Tinto's Groupon after my Bar Isabel Spanish Tapas experience. I was excited since it would be a lot cheaper for two people with the set price at $89. The Groupon advertised a 4 course tapas meal with wine. When we got there, we were told that it was 2 hot tapas, 2 cold tapas, a platter and two desserts. 
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Roja ceviche 
The red ceviche was piqant and flavourful - a good start to the meal. 

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The platter was okay, but it was definitely a tiny portion with very petite bite-sizes for each item. It also felt like the sauces took up more space on the charcuterie board than the actual meats or queso. 

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Chicken leg with kale salad
Two chicken legs for $14 regular price? I kinda couldn't believe it. The dish was also rather salty. 

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Chicken leg and Oysters. 
The sauces were really good, but the oysters were a little tiny.

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Empanadas 
I found the skin was a little too doughy, but it was tasty inside.

After seeing the portions of the tapas, we knew we had to get more food, so we ordered the $21 paella hoping that it could help fill us up. 
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Paella
It looked really pretty - but again, it was a very tiny portion and super salty with the seafood and the rice. The paella dish had a nice crispy crust with the rice, but the rest of it was a miss with the mussels were completely dried out and seafood over-salted. It was my first time having paella with ribs in it, but the ribs were too dry. I wouldn't order this again (especially not with that price tag).

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Torta and Creme Catalan
The creme catalan was different from how I remembered creme Catalan tasting in Spain, it was more like creme brulee. The torta was also a little strange since one of the layers was really hard (making it difficult to eat). 

Overall: The service was good, but the food was a miss for me (especially after eating at Bar Isabel).  The portions were really tiny and most things were really salty. 

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