Viva La Espana!
If you still haven’t heard of, or been to, the new Tapas 24 in the heart of the Old Port, you’re seriously missing out.
The menu is made up of both classic and modern cuisine, designed and executed by Chef Carles Abellan. It offers several tapas, homemade dishes, and classics from the world famous Spanish restaurant. Think of concoctions like the oyster with leaf and capucine flower, Catalan style cannelloni, Iberian ham croquette, Barcelona style rice, molten chocolate fritters, and much much more.
So how did we get so lucky in obtaining this gem for our city?
It was after trips to Barcelona that Jorge Da Silva of the MTL Cuisine group (Bar & Bœuf, Les 400 Coups, Osteria Venti, Helena, Racines and Cantinho de Lisboa) and media personality Sébastien Benoit (Edgar Cafe) discovered and fell in love with Tapas 24 and saw a great opportunity to form a partnership with Carles Abellan. Carles chose Montreal for his first international location due the similarities in charm and friendliness of European cities.
And we definitely second that.
So why is Carles Abellan so notable? Well, he revolutionized tapas for one thing.
He opened his first restaurant in 2001, Comerç 24, which has held a prestigious Michelin star since 2007. Thus the tapas revolution began in Barcelona. He’s also in command of several restaurants in Barcelona’s region including Tapas 24, Bravo (at the W Hotel), Suculent, La Taverna de Suculent, and La Guingueta de la Barceloneta. He also manages locations in Bogatell and Seville.
Think you got a lot on your plate?
His first Montreal location is stunning and features a design that was spearheaded by Agostino De Riggi (ADR Design). The resulting space is vibrant and modern, and combines elements that are representative from both Barcelona and Montreal.
And for all you notable wine lovers, don’t worry, they’ve really got you covered.
Quebec’s world renowned François Chartier “Créateur d’harmonies” who was named Best Sommelier in the World (Grand Prix Sopexa 1994 Paris) created a wonderful and full list that offers plenty of Catalan and Spanish wines at affordable prices, by the glass or bottle.
For more information on Tapas 24 Montreal and the menu check them out here.
All images from: Samuel Joubert