Date night doesn't happen very often for us so we take full advantage of the opportunity when it comes along. To be honest, most of the time when Ben and I can sneak away for a date, we don't go out to fancy restaurants. It's more about spending time together than it is the food really - EXCEPT when my awesome brother gives us a gift card to Barcelona Wine Bar in Atlanta.
It felt like an official date. We got dressed up, we drove to downtown Atlanta, we had adult conversation without being interrupted while we ate tapas while sitting outside on the patio of a beautiful Spanish restaurant. It was a wonderful date.
There was plenty on the menu to choose from. Lots of tapas but some full meals as well. We both ordered tapas - and plenty of them. They all looked so good - it was hard to narrow down our choices to our favorite six!
Before our tapas started to arrive, we were served warm, crusty bread and the best olive oil for dipping.
These are the tapas that we ordered - and my humble review of each.
Spicy Eggplant Camponata
If you like roasted vegetables, this one is for you. Lots of fresh vegetables roasted with that delicious olive oil and served with just the right amount of spice.
Manchego and Jamon Croquettes
To be perfectly honest, these were the only thing that I didn't taste. It's not because they don't sound good, just trying to avoid fried foods. For what it's worth, they were on the table for less than 4 minutes before Ben had eaten them all.
Grilled Hanger Steak with Black Truffle Vinaigrette
This was a standout dish among the tapas. The steak was PERFECTLY cooked and that black truffle vinaigrette - killer.
Red Fish a la Plancha
I'm not sure if I've ever even tasted Red Fish before but I can assure you that I've never had it like this. It was outstanding.
Mussels al Diablo
The mussels were pretty spicy as you might expect from the name but they were so good that we ate every last one. (And then mopped up the marinara sauce with our leftover bread.)
Lobster in a garlic, chive butter sauce.
The lobster was good - slightly overdone which made it a bit chewy but the flavor was very fresh.
I talked Ben into ordering this dessert for himself because it sounded so good. My plan was to sip on my cappuccino while HE enjoyed dessert. Yea, that didn't happen. I think I might have shared two bites of
At the end of the night, we felt like we tasted a lot different flavors without having to order a complete meal of each. We were perfectly full without feeling over stuffed. We are definitely going to make a return trip to Barcelona Wine Bar.
Thanks for the gift, Scott - we loved it.