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Weekly Reads: 5 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Tapas

Originated from Spain, tapas are now presented in restaurants from all over the world in the form of small plates, snacks or appetizers. From a bowl of olives to creative tapas with a peculiar touch, tapas are undeniably loved by many! While some may think tapas are just smaller versions of foods, they are actually more than that! Check out 5 interesting facts you might not know about these world-famous delicacies. 
 

1/ Tapas mean “cover”

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Did you know “tapa” literally means “cover”? Many believe that in the beginning, tapas were merely pieces of bread that were placed over a glass just to keep the flies away. It is said that during the 10th century, Spanish King – Alfronso, had a severe illness and all he could eat were small bites of foods with wine. Once recovered, the King declared that wine can’t be served without a small bite of food and there came the flourish of tapas in Spanish bars!  


 

2/ Tapas used to be free and were simple dishes like almonds or olives!

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Nowadays you can see tapas in various shapes and styles; however, when they were first originated, tapas were actually foods that required little to no preparation. As free snacks for drinking occasions, these small dishes can be as simple as a hunk of bread, a dish of olives, almonds or milk cheese! After Spain came in contact with other countries, tapas also started to evolve as bar owners had strived to come up with new ideas for tapas to stand out from the rest. 

 

3/ Tapeo – The Art Of Eating Tapas

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Spanish tapas are sumptuous yet the tapas concept is actually not only based on the food itself! Tapeo – the art of eating tapas, is simply the gathering of people to share and socialize. In Spain, it has become a part of the Spanish way of living – sharing memories and hour-long conversations with their family members and friends over a glass of wine or beer together with delicious tapas. Come to a tapas bar and you will be likely to see a lively ambience filled with laughter because after all, tapas connect people! 
 

4/ Tapas are varied in different regions. 

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While you may think that tapas are just the same all over Spain, they are actually more varied than you thought. Different regions have their own specialties and even their own stories! Come to the North for their famous mini toasts with scrumptious toppings, to the central and Southern Spain to taste Iberican Ham and Chorizo and head to the coastal South for fish tapas! Each city also has its iconic tapas such as Barcelona and their renowned Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes). 

 

5/ There is something called Japas! 

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Inspired by tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine, Japas dining is one of the concepts that have quickly won the hearts of diners. Exceptionally versatile and has more to offer than sushi, Japas can re-interpret familiar foods into new creations. These bite-sized delicacies are usually made from the best-quality tuna, duck breasts and finest ingredients. In Kuala Lumpur, you can pay a visit to Babe or Kikubari, located in Damansara Heights, for special Japas filled with whimsy and wonderment. 

If you are excited to revel in sumptuous and authentic tapas in Kuala Lumpur, we have got your back! Check out SaporeTapas Club Pavilion, Sentidos Gastrobar – The Latin Grill @ JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, La Bodega and Cicchetti Di Zenzero

 

Top 5 Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Food Trend 2017 1.0 : Top 5 Recommended Tapas Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

In some bars, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. Others may still enjoy devouring them as a starter with some wine pairing. Read more to know where to find recommended tapas restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. 

Authentic Spanish and Mediterranean at Cava, Kuala Lumpur

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 A place you call it home for an authentic Spanish and Mediterranean dining experience, Cava in Bangsar features an amazing variety of all-time favourites that includes tapas, paella and steaks. The tapas serve here are catered not only for the meat lovers but vegans too. The team ensures the tapas quality is of top-notch by only selecting the perfect ingredients to create lovely vegan tapas range.

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A Very ‘Spanishy’ Experience at La Bodega

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With an extensive menu of traditional Spanish cuisine, La Bodega does not miss out the chance to show off an array of hot and cold tapas. The tapas culture revolves around the sharing of dishes over the companion of closes ones. The artistic of tapas creation from the menu is the combination of mixed ingredients ranging from poultries to seafood and vegetables.

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Naturally Grown Produces at Mezze Bar & Bistro

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At Mezze, the produces that they use are mainly grown naturally, with patience and where possible, locally supplied. Their tapas are complemented by a vivacious variety of small plates, charcuterie and cheese boards, not forgetting their wide selections of main courses. Tapas are always best friend to wines, remember to pair them with your favourite! Do not feel shy to ask for recommendations.

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“Cool, Casual Mediterranean Chic Ambience” at Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining

Top 5 Tapas Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur_Sentidos

Here is a great place to hang out! At Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining, you’ll find the informal and convivial atmosphere of Spanish tapas bar at Feast Village. Small portions of hot as well as cold tapas are served here and a must-try at Sentidos Gastrobar & Dining is their Sangria. Sangria is known as a delicious concoction of fruit juices and other ingredients with red or white wine incorporated.

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Irresistible Mouth-Watering Tapas at COMO

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Hot on the heels of the highly-popular Pisco Bar, which introduced KL-ites not only to a great range of unique tapas and drinks but to a diverse range of after-dark events, and resident DJS spinning techno and deep house tunes all night long. Serves about 20 different types of tapas from the menu, this is definitely a mouth-watering range of tapas to die for!

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Choosing wine at the restaurant….like a real conoisseur !

May it be in couples’ lives, in clothing, or in a job interview, everything is about matching things together.
Wine is no exception, it’s even one of the fields where matching matters the most. While a good match between meal and wine can create delicious flavours, a mismatch would turn the value added of the wine into a dreadful experience. A mismatched wine can overemphasize or overwhelm some of the food’s taste, but it can also create a new unpleasant taste.
But do not worry, TableApp team is here to teach you the basics of matching !


Red wine: Strong taste for meat and cheese.

Due to its strong taste and its astringency (red are normally very tannic wines), red wine cannot be drunk with every meal. Although through all the spectrum of red wines some can be suitable for seafood due to their light taste, red wine is generally drunk with strong tasting meals.THE perfect match

Therefore, when ordering red meat, chicken or with cheese, order red wine as a side drink.

Depending on the location of the wine producer and the year, the wine will taste different, and you should associate it with food accordingly.

If you want to drink white wine, find another dish, as the white wine would seem tasteless after cheese or meat in sauce dishes.

Tip: Cheese go perfectly well with French Gamay


White wine: Oysters, Foie Gras and Desserts
 
White wine, although the range of wines belonging to this family is extremely large, is generally of a less astringent, more acid taste, and suits well dishes that require a fine palate such as seafood and fish. When a red wine would overwhelm the food taste, white wine generally suits it perfectly.

White wineThe taste of white wine can differ significantly according to its percentage of sugar: A dry (“sec” in French) wine is very low in sugar (this is the type people commonly refer to when speaking of white wine), and gets along well with fresh oysters while a so-called soft (“moelleux”) wine is generally consumed at the aperitif, before the dinner starts, with foie gras and fig jam toasts for instance.

White wine can be ordered with any dessert, but it should not be too sugary.

Tip: For a more distinguished drink with fresh oysters, brut Champagne can replace the dry white wine.


Rosé: Aperitif with friends

Rosé is the kind of wine that is not generally considered suitable for a “real” dinner. Rosé (the name comes from its rosy colour) is supposed to be drunk when having some pre-dinner snacks (the so called French aperitif) with friends.
Although sophisticated Rosé do exist, Rosé is thus generally meant to be a casual beverage. Please pay attention that genuine rosé must be made out of red grapes, and not out of a blend of white and red wine.

Tip: Unlike Red but like White, Rosé is better drunk very cold (7 to 12°C)!


The basic know-how of wine-meal matching is a very important part of the Latin food culture, and is notoriously unavoidable in Italian, Spanish and French cuisines. For sure, avoiding the mismatch mistake is very important, but the foremost expert is still the sommelier, so do ask for his recommendations while making your order.  


Bon Appétit !