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A spotlight on Tapas Revolution

By Grand Central 20 Nov 2015

Tapas Revolution #SpotlightOn

Omar Allibhoy
Founder

Why did you want to come to Grand Central?

Birmingham has a great food scene and is increasingly becoming a destination city – for tourists and for businesses – and it’s gaining a really positive reputation. I wanted to get involved in the buzz happening here and bring a real taste of Spain to the city centre.

Grand Central is a perfect location – right in the bustle of Birmingham where commuters and shoppers can drop into our tapas bar for a drink and some good food with friends, and then move on with whatever they’re doing.

What do you love about Birmingham?

Tapas Revolution in Grand Central is my version of the lively and bustling tapas bars back home. Birmingham has a great food scene and is increasingly becoming a destination city – for tourists and for businesses - and it’s gaining a really positive reputation. I wanted to get involved in the buzz happening here and bring a real taste of Spain to the city centre.

What makes Tapas Revolution stand out?

I deal directly with artisans and producers back in Spain so we use authentic, high quality ingredients that make all the difference. The menu is inspired by various regions in Spain and includes classics like Calamares fritos (deep fried squid with aioli) and Croquetas de jamón (deep-fried Iberico ham and bechamel croquettes) that everyone will want to try. There are also some dishes that I’ve put my own touch on, for example my take on the traditional ‘bocadillo’ (Spanish version of the Great British sandwich). I replace the crusty bread with a soft brioche bun to create the ‘buncadillo’ – the Spanish burger. There are different fillings to choose from including ‘Chorizo’ – grilled chorizo sausage, rocket and honey sauce and ‘Morcilla’ – black pudding, roasted peppers and fried egg.

What would you recommend from Tapas Revolution?

A plate of Jamon iberico de bellota Joselito (the best ham in the world), Pan con tomate (toasted bread, garlic, tomato and olive oil), Gambas al ajillo (prawns cooked in garlic and chilli oil)

Why did you want to start a tapas restaurant?

My plan has always been to introduce people to the wonders of Spanish cooking.  I travelled around the UK on a motorbike cooking for lots of different people - wanting to show them that Spanish food is really tasty, healthy, affordable, easy to make at home and there are great Spanish dishes for any occasion.  Most people I met had never cooked Spanish food in their home before so it was an adventure and a journey of discovery for them.  This was great for me to see first-hand.

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Dining, Grand Central