It’s a good thing Tomatito easily has the best tapas in town because their service is only about 10% as good as the worst dish on their menu. I find that whenever I go there, I am torn between being aggravated that nobody is helping me but then eventually getting food to put in my mouth and forgetting that being agitated is an emotion I’m capable of feeling. My compliments to the chef who wields all the power to placate me.
Upon finally waving down a server, my friend and I opted to pay RMB 250 for a chef’s choice assortment of tapas. This is a really good deal for the quality and quantity of food you get. We enjoyed quite a range that included empanadas, calamari, cauliflower, steak, and a bruschetta thing. Wine was also fairly priced, but I eventually just had to ask they leave a carafe of water at the table because the tiny cups weren’t keeping me hydrated, and I wasn’t sure if the waitress had quit. We did have one issue with a large chunk of grizzle being in the empanada that was not edible and a bit off putting. To the wait staff’s credit, they did replace it along with the rest of the salami they dropped onto the floor. I’m reading this review back, and I realize I sound sassy, but I am really not a high maintenance restaurant visitor. Ultimately, it’s the taste that matters, and I’d recommend a visit.
When it comes to spanish tapas it is hard to find a real tapas bar, as you might find all over Spain. Although Tomatito tapas aren’t strictly like the traditional tapas, their modern swift is worth to try. The place has a welcoming atmosphere, good music and it is decorated like a "cantina" of the 80´s; perfect to go with friends or in an after- office plan.
Cold draft beer and sangria are a must. I have to admit the wine menu is varied and with good prices. The food prices are okay as the size of a tapa. The idea is to order a few different dishes and get a bite of everything. We were three and we had 6 dishes plus a dessert to share. The one I strongly recommend is the “Salmon TNT 2.0”, which consists in a small airy pastry filled with spicy and limey sour cream –which they called mojito blush in the menu- topped with smoked salmon and salmon eggs. I suggest to eat it in one bite if you can. It is a truly knock of flavors! We also had “huevos rotos” with txistorra (broken eggs, potato and spanish chorizo), croquetas, meatballs in tomato sauce, tortilla and “filete con airbag”. The last one is an “air baguette” stuffed with cheese covered with a slice of steak, it is very tasty but the presentation needs some work on because the steak looks like someone accidentally dropped over it. The meatballs and the huevos rotos were excellent, the croquetas and tortilla average.
The service is fast and staff gentle enough. To sum up, I would say it is like a casual and comfy spot to gather with friends for some refined tapas -and drinks- at a very affordable price.
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