Guide: Tapas Day in Coventry
The world now celebrates almost anything and everything. From Ice Cream Soda Day and Dump the Pump Day to Garfield the Cat Day and Waffle Iron Day (most of these are unsurprisingly driven by America!). However, every now and then one pops up that we feel compelled to participate in. Today (June 20th) the world begins a 24 hour celebration of Tapas, so we thought it was only right that we guide you through the best destinations in Coventry to find small dishes with a big punch.
Found inside the Ramada Hotel, which is situated between Coventry City Centre and Earlsdon High Street, Queens Road is a Mediterranean inspired kitchen that’s recently launched a summer menu that includes a stand alone Pizza and Tapas selection. Stand out dishes include Sweet and Spicy Pepperbica Peppers in Aged-Balsamic, Chorizo and Halloumi Skewers with Tzatziki and Brixton Mussels in a Puttanesca Sauce. Available individually or in combinations of 2 for £8 and 3 for £12, Queens Road is a relaxed, informal restuarant that gives Coventry an alternative to the abundance of high-street options.
The centre of Coventry has been dominated in recent years by the emergence of the Cathedral Lanes re-development. The former shopping centre, which was at best naff, has been transformed into a destination for socialites, foodies and cocktail admirers. At the forefront of this new wave was the Cosy Club, a forward-thinking brand with a traditional aesthetic. Home to a wide-range of ever-changing eating options, the Cosy Club has some of the best, non-traditional tapas in Coventry and we especially love the Tempura King Prawns, Cosy Scotch Egg and Pulled Chicken & Chorizo. Apparently you can share them but we much prefer to devour the lot on our own.
No more than 15 minutes walk from the city centre is Street, which is found in the heart of Earlsdon. This Asian inspired restaurant reflects the modern trend of casual, social dining. The atmosphere is electric and the kitchen is on fire (metaphorically speaking), removing what so many traditional restaurants fail to do, awkwardness. Street’s tapas menu is naturally inspired by their Asian ethos and delights such as Pulled Pork Bao Buns, Korean Kimchi Nachos and Bok Choy Pakoras hit the spot with some venom. Unlike their European counterparts, these tapas dishes are loaded with new flavours that lift the humble little dish to new heights.
If Latin America is more your thing then Las Iguanas might be the perfect match for you. This high-street giant has joined the non-traditional tapas revolution and built a series of smaller dishes that will also get your taste-buds buzzing. The new Calamres, Cheese & Mango Empanadas and Fiesta Ensalada topped our wish list. Every single dish we ordered packed immense flavour and in some cases huge heat leaving us feeling like we’ve spent some time soaking up the sun of South of America.
Written by Chris Sanders