Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Spanish fare at Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar in Northampton.
Traditional Spanish recipes and modern interpretations populate the menu, where a parade of small plates form a culinary mosaic of flavor. Servers convey each small dish on a diminutive tray or a Lilliputian banquet table, allowing guests ample time to savor each selection such as fried calamari with roasted piquillo pepper aioli ($7.75) or a coconut-, citrus-, and saffron-scented shrimp and scallop ceviche ($8.75). Other hot tapas include a baby lamb shank braised in spicy rioja and herbs, daintily spread atop toast ($7.75). The chef also prides himself on his paellas, such as the paella Valenciana ($25 for two people), a bountiful saffron-scented playground of rice upon which a team of chicken, pork, and chorizo play dodge against shrimp, mussels, clams, and bay scallops.
Orange and burgundy hued walls contribute to the warm, lounge-like atmosphere, accented by geometric red chairs and a dramatic stone bar. Guests can pair small plates with a selection from the wine menu (not included with today's Groupon), which honors flavors far better than an inedible crown garnish.
Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar
Voted the area's best place for tapas in 2012 by readers of the Valley Advocate, Ibiza Tapas Wine Bar swells with the aroma of Spanish small plates. The culinary team whips up traditional dishes such as fried spiced potatoes and spanish veal and pork meatballs alongside modern creations such as babyback ribs with fried potatoes and barbecue aioli and short ribs in caramelized garlic and oatmeal beer sauce. Their menu also includes paellas, fideuas, and gluten-free Catalan-style crème brûlée, which guests can wash down with beer, sangria, or a wealth of white and red wine from the dramatically lit stone bar. Orange and burgundy walls enliven Ibiza's lounge-like dining room, where patrons can enjoy dinner or parties of 40–80 guests or retired Zorro's can feast at private soirees.