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$15 for $30 Worth of Tapas and Spanish Fare for Dinner
The Northern Spanish menu includes tapas such as crab cakes served with chutney sauce ($12) or cooling shrimp and scallop ceviche ($12), as well as entree-sized dishes of paella ($21) and grouper al limón ($20).
Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar
Since 1980, the Spanish-born Castro family has been serving dishes inspired by the cuisine of Galicia, a region in the northwest of Spain, at their eatery Spain Restaurant and Toma Bar. The kitchen is still helmed by the Castro matriarch, whose deft hands flip manchego-topped seafood crepes and stuff crunchy croquetas with serrano ham. In their crisp, ivory dining room ringed with delicate hanging lamps, parties pass hot plates of mushrooms and goat cheese on toast and cold tapas such as ceviche. Larger entrees satisfy territorial diners with dishes such as fried grouper stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat and served with a lemon sauce. Several tapas are also available in entree-size portions, such as the paella, a harmonious conglomeration that includes clams, mussels, scallops, and chorizo. The restaurant's interior evokes a breezy Spanish patio with soaring arch windows along two walls, and a minimalist Spanish flag above the bar. Live flamenco music every Friday and Saturday night spices up the aural atmosphere and inspires plates of grilled shrimp to dance along.
The Empanadillas de Carnes (spicy meat-stuffed mini pastries) were to die for, and some of the tastiest and most authentic I've had in this country.Sweet Polly, Epicurean Perils of Sweet Polly, 1/15/11
They had Spanish guitars playing along with a violin. Talk about a romantic setting. The tapas were delicious as well as the paella.L L., Yelp, 7/4/11
513 N Tampa St.
Tampa, Florida 33602