We are in one of the best parts of London for food – Marylebone. The Tapa Room serves small dishes like tapas but – it’s not Spanish and that’s not where the name of the restaurant comes from. The Tapa Room takes its name from the huge, traditional Rarotongan Tapa cloth that hangs on the wall.
Rock weaves her way through the menu and selects the Roast Sweet Potato, Wild Garlic, Red Onion and Feta Tortilla over a Red Pepper puree and covered by a pattern of Pickled Radish, Mizuna and Parsnip Crisps. I go for the Seared Yellowfin Tuna on a plate embroidered with Papaya, Cucumber, Coriander and Carrot Salad, lined with a Lime Chilli Dressing, Peanuts & Sesame.
We share and both dishes are fantastic. The tortilla dish is a tapestry of colours, flavour and texture. The tuna pieces are draped over the zingy salad and they almost melt in your mouth.
I’m also happy to find a new great beer that I’ve not tried before, The Kernel – a pale ale brewed in London. Good aroma, depth and length of flavour – a sheer delight.
For dessert we share the Rhubarb Date Turnover with a silky Rose Cream, Pomegranate and Pistachio. Again – a beautiful fabric of flavours and textures. We love it.