A few weeks ago, I was taking a stroll around Itaewon when I saw that a brand new restaurant had opened up on the hill and there was a sign outside offering free sangria and paella. Not one to miss out on free food I climbed the stairs to investigate. When I arrived there was free paella and sangria being served outside. We took a seat in the restaurant and enjoyed our free samples. My oh my it was the best sangria I have ever had. But more on that later and the paella wasn’t bad either. So, a week later, when a friend suggested a nice week night dinner, I knew that Tapeo would be the perfect place.
The inside is small and quaint, the candle lit tables are perfect for a romantic yet casual date or friends to share a few glasses of wine and nibble on some tapas. The relaxed atmosphere goes perfectly with the food. Tapas are dishes meant to be shared between friends over drinks rather than a more formal dining experience. The menu has all the favourites on it.
We decided to try the Croquetes De Jamon (8,500). Little potato cakes filled with with ham and cheese and wrapped in golden bread crumbs. Exactly as you would expect them, the light potato filling has a good cheesy flavour laced with a taste of ham which isn’t too overpowering.
We also got the Tortilla Espanola (7,500). Always a favourite of mine, you can’t beat a good potato omelette.
We also ordered the Calamares Fritos (8,500) I’m not usually a fan of squid, but after having calamari a few times recently I think I have been converted. They were crisp on the outside and not too chewy in the middle. The ink mayo dip was also a nice touch.
And who could resist the cuttlefish ink paella (15,000). For a serving for two, you could easily share this between three or four if you were trying a few other dishes too.
The Sangria deserves a paragraph on it’s own. It was hands down some of the best Sangria I have ever had, and I have been to Spain quite a few times. It’s even nicer than mine. Although it’s not cheap at 12,000 a glass, it is so incredibly delicious that every drop is like honey. I think the secret is that the ice-cubes are made of orange juice, so as they melt it just gets more and more tasty. Although I’m sure that can’t be the only thing that makes it so good.
Tapeo is located at 1F, 455-23 Itaewon – dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6). Come out of exit 3 then walk across the crossing to your left to get to the over pass bridge. Walk over the bridge and turn right and follow the alley way. Tapeo will be on your left opposite Berlin and Buddha’s Belly. For more information call them on 02-794-2848 or check out their facebook page.