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COMPASS MAGAZINE > November 2012

Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant

Tapas-One focuses on the best of Spain

By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel Pu

273-1, GongYi Rd, Sec 2, Nantun Dist.
(04) 2259-9829
Hours: Tue-Fri. 12-2 pm, 5-10 pm; Mon. 5-10 pm; Sat-Sun. 12-10 pm
English/Spanish menu.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.

In the almost half-year that it's been open, Tapas-One has moved on from a high-profile launch and settled down--after some adjustments--into a dining groove that seems to suit most of its patrons. As management readily admits, achieving this certainly wasn't easy and required some experimentation with the menu.

Today, this swanky Spanish establishment welcomes a variety of guests with a full range of fare, including authentic Spanish main courses and set meals that come with three kinds of Pintxos appetizers, bread, soup and salad options, and drink. There are also reasonably-priced Tuesday-Friday lunches (from NT$250 a la carte and NT$420 for sets).

Not surprisingly, however, a main Tapas-One attraction is a full range of Spanish tapas appetizers that can be enjoyed alone or with a main course. November is an ideal time to enjoy tapas, which are discounted 20% after 8 p.m. daily throughout the month. Diners can grab a table, or seats at the long dining bar, order up a bunch of these savory palate-pleasers and enjoy


Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant Gambas al Ajillo (NT$200) is a tapas favorite. Shrimp are prepared with garlic, capers, lime and olive oil that is perfect for dipping some bread into.
Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant Beef Stewed in Red Wine (NT$380) is completely stewed in wine, with no water added, together with veggies, served with a potato puree, making it a hearty fall/winter dish.
Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant White Escaqut in Herbs Butter (NT$320) is a Spanish take on the famed French version, using less butter and more olive oil.
Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant Roasted Chicken Wings with White Wine Mushrooms (NT$280) features delicate, small wings that are baked and then fried.
Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant Plancha Lamb Chops with Mashed Potatoes (NT$880) is a main entree made with 3-6-month old Australian lamb, grilled on a Spanish-style griddle so that they're tender on the inside and chewy on the outside.
Tapas-One Spanish Bar & Restaurant A Catalonian specialty, Aroz Caldo (Bogavante) (NT$2,280) is a savory course made with a live lobster stewed/cooked with Spanish rice in a big wok and serving up to four diners, who should order it one day in advance. It goes well with some tapas dishes and/or Cava sparkling wine or white wine.
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