All good things must come to an end, as did Toledo’s annual tapas competition, which drew to a close last Sunday. For the entire month of November, local bars and restaurants had been showcasing a new breed of extravagant tapas, specially created for this year’s contest. (Yes, there were voting slips, prize draws and stuff!)
I have no idea how many different creations I tried throughout my innumerable outings, as there were A LOT of participants this year. Anyway, here are some of the highlights:
Pork balls. Very satisfying 🙂
Sliver of fried pork with sauteed vegetables on bread, topped with raisin sauce. Looked better than it tasted, was our combined verdict.
Puff pastry filled with seafood. The white stringy things, in case you’re wondering, are baby eels (gulas). These are very popular on tapas, and can take a bit of getting used to.
One of my absolute faves: lamb topped with caramelised onion and manchego cheese, served on a curry bun
Octopus with cauliflower mousse and coffee vinaigrette. This place has a knack for the outlandish, and it usually works, but this time, it didn’t. It really didn’t. Pretty to look at, though.
Now, what could go wrong with a tapa entirely consisting of cheese? I tell you what: Absolutely nothing. Gimme more!
Foie gras “Oreos” filled with manchego mousse
More foie, this time in the shape of a truffle. You were meant to mix it with the bread crumbs. Interesting concept, but it was a bit like eating lard mixed with sand.
A dollop of beef stew on sliced potato. Simple and delicious.
Rabbit, fancily “rolled up” and drizzled with chestnut compote. Divine! This may have been my overall favourite.
I’m the only one with her eyes trained on the food rather than on the camera… typical!