When a parade of tiny Spanish plates marches across your table, flaunting their flavors and epaulets, the best thing to do is eat them. Today's Groupon brings you the flavors of Madrid circa 1930, forged in the kitchen of Estragon, the South End's authentic tapas haven: $20 buys you $40 worth of pintxos, verduras, pescados, carnes, sangria, cocktails, and more.
Chef Julio de Haro, hailing from the actual Madrid (and not some online Madrid-certification course), entices your palate with an array of old-world dishes. Take a look at the Estragon menu for saucy little dishes, such as puerros con romesco (grilled leeks, $8), gambas al ajillo (sautéed garlic shrimp, $11), torreznos (crispy fried pork belly, $5), and fideua (fideo noodles, mussels, and squid, $16). Estragon's affordable, all-Spanish wine list will make your meal dazzle with riojas by the bottle and sangria by the glass, or choose a glass from the extensive beer or cocktail list. Tapas are meant for sharing, so gather a handful of friends or a league of mutually respected enemies with a common goal—destroying Superman—and head to the South End for a bohemian evening of magnificent Spanish cuisine in Estragon's Art Deco dining room or patio.
- Located in an airy, lace-curtained Art Deco space, Julio de Haro's taperia offers an interesting, mostly Spanish wine list and an array of sophisticated tapas. - Gayot
The Boston Phoenix gives Estragon four out of four stars, saying:
- Service at Estragon is willing, enthusiastic, and accurate. Plates don’t come in logical or predictable order, which adds to the fun. ¬– Robert Nadeau
Boston magazine says:
- Nothing is more Spanish than one of these plates with a glass of sherry, and Estragon might have the city's best selection—one that will make you rethink any image you might have of sickly-sweet sips for tippling aunts. – Corby Kummer, Boston
At Estragon, Madrid-native Head Chef Julio de Haro prepares artistic small plates of Spanish specialties, drawing on family recipes passed down over generations. Sangria, specialty cocktails, and more than 100 Spanish wines complement meticulously arranged pintxos and tapas. Patrons may eat in the chandelier-lit main dining room, cozy up to the 15-seat bar, or visit the eatery's library, home to the last existing copy of Ernest Hemmingway's recipe for empanadas.
700 Harrison Ave.
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