Eating at Tapas Revolution, Grand Central, Birmingham

by George Elsmere

The Tapas Revolution

Tapas Revolution, have added five new dishes to their menu. Always willing to fill myself with Tapas, I went along Grand Central, Birmingham to try them out.


First was Gazpacho de Sandia, a chilled tomato soup with a watermelon soup. I will confess to not usually being a gazpacho fan, but this was very tasty with bags of rich tomato flavour. The soup comes served in a tumbler, which did it make it a touch challenging to share without dripping everywhere. Perhaps one to order to yourself, rather than as one of lots of dishes to split?


Alitas de pollo a la miel y limon are marinated crispy chicken wings with a lemon and honey dressing. The wings themselves didn’t have a huge amount of meat on them, but were more than saved by the sauce. Suitably drizzled in sticky deliciousness, the wings were devoured pretty quickly. I’ll be making my own honey lemon sauce at home to serve over chicken, I think!


The new Empanadillas are filled with spinach and goats cheese. Like the chicken, the dressing, was the stand out. The Empanadillas are light and flaky, but the onion and saffron marmalade lifted them to something even better.


Next were lamb cutlets, or Chuletas de cordero. Unfortunatly, my cutlet was mostly fat. However, again the accompanying sauce was excellent. The meat itself was disappointing; under seasoned and quite tough.


Surprisingly, my highlight was a salad. The Ensalada de calabaza y manchego is a salad made up of baby gem lettuce, roasted butternut squash and Manchego cheese, with raisin and pine nut vinaigrette. It looked inviting on the plate, with its bright colours and delicate shavings of cheese. The range of textures from the crisp lettuce and the soft squash made this interesting to eat, especially with the beautifully balanced flavours of rich cheese, sharp dressing and fresh vegetables. An unexpected star menu item.


We also sampled some old favourites from the existing menu. My northern date was very impressed with the belly pork (Torreznos con mojo dulce), and we enjoyed the calameres, although I would have preferred more seasoning.

With it’s location in Grand Central, Tapas Revolution is not a venue for a cosy Spanish inspired date, but with it’s quick service, it is a great option for shoppers and train station visitors looking for something more interesting than a burger. Our food arrived in record time, and apart from the cutlets, was tasty and enjoyable.

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George was invited to Tapas Revolution for #BrumHour and this is her honestly held view.