What springs to mind when you think of Spanish cuisine? I immediately think of sharing plates, authentic and traditional dishes anointed with olive oil and garlic. You know that divine smell as you walk into a restaurant, it makes my mouth water.
Picture breathing in that exact delish aroma…I’m instantaneously transported back a few days to dining in Evuna in the hip, bohemian Northern Quarter of Manchester. I haven’t eaten tapas for an age, I like the concept of being able to sample a variety of dishes. Is it just me or when your usual chosen meal arrives in a restaurant, you always look at someone else’s and think yum I want that?! The good thing about tapas is that you are presented with various options, food boredom be gone with you!
The staff at Evuna are welcoming, cheerful and sociable. They compliment the popular venue which was jam packed with hungry humans chattering away and nibbling savoury delights whilst washing it down with a light Rioja.
Whenever I am planning my next dining experience the amount of googling I do is ridiculous (on a side note, what the hell did we do before Google?!). You see I am a foodie, I enjoy new experiences and adore tasting different cuisines. Evuna came highly recommended as the place to dine in tapas heaven so the foodie-antennae was at the ready.
What immediately stood out for me was the plating of the meals. In some restaurants it can appear as though the food has just been spooned into small bowls but not Evuna. It is delicately and carefully presented. Each dish is gingerly laid out to perfection by the chef (I could see as I was spying from my seat) and you know what, it was kinda swell seeing the passion in each creation.
So let’s get to the food. Bruschetta tends to be a highly sought after starter so it came of no surprise that as quickly as it appeared, it vanished.
This was promptly followed by a deluge of awesomeness. Just thinking about this banquet is making me want to eat it all over again. The intense flavours combined with the generous portions really are a winner. I have a strong feeling I am going to be hard pressed to find another tapas restaurant as good as this one!
Now it wouldn’t be a Spanish restaurant if it didn’t serve lavish portions of paella right?
I was fit to burst by the time desserts were floating around but man they looked good…
So you see what I mean about being hard pressed to find another Spanish foodgasm eatery? It really is heavenly with its appropriately salty and luscious melt in the mouth flavours. The affordability of these plates is also hugely attractive. Considering the bountiful portions it is undoubtedly good value for money.
So who are the genius culinary artists behind these dishes? Let me introduce you to Arek and Dariusz who I thank for being so accommodating and providing such yummy food that I just had to share the experience with all of you.
Why not treat yourself to a tapas feast? Head down to Evuna and rest assured you will walk away one satisfied customer!
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