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Restaurant Review: Tapas Revolution @ Meadowhall, Sheffield


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The idea of tapas derives from Spanish culture, with the intention of sharing delicious and filling small plates of food with friends and family.

While some people like to have big hearty meals, the concept of small but fulfilling dishes and sharing is not lost on others, which could be why there are many tapas restaurants in the UK. This review will focus on the Tapas Revolution restaurant in Meadowhall, Sheffield.

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Founded by Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy, this particular restaurant is one of seven across the UK, and operates with a no booking system - perfect if you want to pop in for lunch during a day of shopping. 

Situated on the top floor in the Oasis dining area of the shopping centre, Tapas Revolution is a cosy restaurant that aims to deliver an authentic Spanish dining experience. With vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes (and a captive audience of shoppers) it's not hard to understand why it's proving popular.

The restaurant itself is open-plan, meaning it isn't tucked away like most other restaurants in Oasis. People can walk by and can see you eating, which can be a little off-putting, but not hugely so. 

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On first glance the menu doesn't look like it offers that much, however, after reading through it properly it soon became clear that we were spoilt for choice, as placing an order took us a long while. The restaurant offers a set menu from £10 per person and happy hour is from 4pm until 7pm, which means half price sangria jugs (yay!) and two for one Spanish gin and tonics. Perfect for me.

The staff, who were incredibly friendly, advised us on ordering three to four dishes per person, which made sense as some of what was being offered on the menu sounded very filling.

We opted for:

  • Bread with alioli (garlic and herb dip)
  • Toasted bread with a sweet tomato sauce
  • Chicken wings with a honey and lemon glaze
  • Salad with feta cheese
  • Chorizo
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Spanish black rice with squid
  • Calamari
  • Churros (dessert)

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The food, surprisingly, didn’t take too long and the bread with dips made for a great starter. I’ve never had Spanish black rice before, but I can honestly say it tastes better than it looks. Everything tasted great, however, I personally would’ve liked the salad to have been a little bigger and maybe one or two more chicken wings - but I am rather greedy.

The flavour of the food could not be faulted, but the heat of the patatas bravas could be - as we found it - overly spicy for some. The churros (Spanish doughnuts) and chocolate dipping sauce were delicious, easily my favourite food there. I urge you all to try the churros at Tapas Revolution because it really was the highlight of the meal.

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All in all my experience here was a positive one, and I will be going back. The staff were lovely, the half-price sangria jug washed everything down well, and most importantly the food was great. Four out of five stars from me, as I could’ve done with just a little less spice on the patatas bravas, although I am fully aware that’s how they are served in Spain. I recommend this restaurant to all of you. Not too pricey, but very delicious food. Worth every penny.  

 Image credit: Larah Yearwood

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