Address: 230 Commerce Valley East. Markam, ON L3T 7Y3
Phone: (905) 771-8868
Something different, a Spanish restaurant has opened at Richmond HIll – Thornhill border for few years. It took up the Go 4 Tea space the generation y used to hang out at. Now, the focus is on tapas, Spanish style small dishes, hoping to attract the groups to somewhere more Westernized and upscale, over the forever popular Asian bubble tea.
What a makeover!
The interior is very rustic and extremely European, with the brick or stone walls and mosaic tiles on the bar island. Space is very maximized. I like the airy open concept!
Salmon Pate ($5.00) was reasonably priced, out of all that was ordered. As the literal meaning of the dish, nothing hidden, is basically blended salmon and chives, topped with olive oil. I loved the rich taste of the salmon paired with the crispy and crunchy baguette. The slice of toast offsets the flavourful salmon, giving it a balance. The salmon pate was just so soft and creamy, a melt in your mouth texture.
Jamon Wrapped Dates ($10.00) actually tasted better than I would expect. The dates were wrapped with bacon. This warm and soft tappas was such a delicacy to eat. The saltiness of the bacon seasoned the burst of sweetness from the red dates at each bite. The flavours were well balanced and spread evenly. The only thing I would complain about is the price does not reflect the portion.
Paella De Tapagria ($45.00) is a Spanish rice dish made with shrimp, chorizo, hen, mussels, jamon, octopus, and peas. This dish is quite a lot of work to make, continuously stirring the rice with ladles of stock until it is absorbed and softens. The final result was very salty, but the rice was al dente that it stuck to the bottom of the pan. If the rice could be creamier. Overall, the food lacked flavour or freshness and the meat was quite dry. The dish had no bells and whistles to it, hence, it was quite a disappointment.
To be honest, the restaurant does not have the same vibe and atmosphere. The owners were not as successful in generating gatherings and meetings to the restaurant like its former self. Biggest reason is, the price point did not meet the quality and size of the food. However, do go with a large group to make the tappas more worthwhile. I think the tappas have a far better taste and more consistent than their entrees.