Tapas remain the only way to sample what everyone else in the restaurant is having without ruining a lot of dinners and incurring a lot of dirty looks in the process. For $15, today's Groupon gets you $35 worth of tapas and drinks at Safari World Tapas Bar. Located right in the middle of the South Main Street Historic District in downtown Memphis, Safari takes your taste buds on a tour to faraway lands such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Morocco, and the mythical underwater kingdom known as Thailand.
Don your nicest of men’s or women’s patterned vests and settle in for a night of elegant dining at your own pace; Safari’s dim lighting, cracked-plaster walls, and ornate molding create an Old World atmosphere perfect for discussing German expressionist film noir or the correctly patterned vests for sophisticated dogs. While thinking of the next thing to say, you can fill your mouth with a menu featuring a variety of tapas ($6 to $9) such as Creole crab cakes served with tri-colored peppers and shallot ($9); southern fried chicken skewers with three-cheese macaroni ($7); and Moroccan beef skewers with button mushrooms, onion, and cous cous ($8). Vegetarians can join in the plate-passing pageantry with a little falafel with roasted-garlic hummus and tempura-battered seasonal vegetables with Asian dipping sauce; while those craving a comfort food can savor the simple delights of pita pizzas such as the three-cheese pizza with cheddar, mozzarella, and fontina. Safari also offers a selection of fresh salads and wraps, including the fried tilapia wrap ($7).
As with illegally downloaded music, tapas are best when shared, so bring four friends or more and combine two Groupons for $70 worth of communal comestibles.
The Commercial Appeal has featured Safari World Tapas Bar, saying:
- It's a charming, eclectic spot. Cracked-plaster walls, ornate crown molding, chandeliers and an airy floor-to-ceiling drape provide a century-old ambience. Yet the bar at the front of the house is thoroughly contemporary, stacked blocks of polished blonde wood that would seem at home in a sushi bar. It sets the scene for the varied menu...An order of Creole crab cakes brings two generous patties topped with squiggles of a sprightly, lemony aioli. The just-crisp outside gives way to a soft interior, delicately seasoned with shallots and bell peppers and punctuated with the slightest heat. – Jennifer Biggs
Seventy-three percent of Urbanspooners recommend Safari, praising the superb sustenance and alluring atmosphere:
- ...I had some of the best jerk chicken around and since the portions are made to be small I had some curry shrimp as well. The chicken was better than most ive [sic] had in Memphis. Others at the table loved the hummus and the crabcakes got a good review as well. – Travel man
- The food is tasty and the service is always excellent. The last time i [sic] was there they had live, soft, jazzy music. – orlando n.
South Main Historic District Association
414 S Main St.
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