I love Spanish tapas. I love Spanish food. So clearly I was excited that Durham was going to finally have its own tapas bar – not an Americanized, watered-down on. Taberna Tapas opened up this summer in downtown Durham (interestingly, a second is slated to open soon – Durham, Durham, we need a pho noodle shop downtown, hint, hint).
I could not wait, especially since the menu looked fantastic and paella was on the list. We ordered…so much that the waitress kindly let us know we could “borrow” the table next to us to put all the food there.
First, even though when I went, the liquor license hadn’t come through yet, the ambiance is simple, classy, comfortable. Service is great – and for a new restaurant, that’s a good sign.
Second, the smells from the kitchen wafting through was enough to get my stomach rumbling. And the food that came out did not disappoint. They know how to do their seafood well. Their shrimp is a must-have – fresh, flavorful.
Third, their chicken wings – with three choices of dipping sauce (such as saffron) – are ridiculously delicious.
Their pork and beef are a bit on the dry side, and their paella is fine, though not really the traditional style. I know that the next time, I’m going to fill my plate with their shrimp, seafood, and chicken wings!
There is also more on the menu that I didn’t get to try, even though what was leftover (nothing) seemed to suggest I ate everything on the menu!
Definitely will be back to this new Durham establishment that has a bright future.
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