ADVERTISEMENT

Restaurant review: Terrace Tapas & Beer

ADVERTISEMENT

If you can’t go to Spain this summer, Patio Tapas & Beer will take you to the Iberian Peninsula with its variety of tapas. You may have walked past the red canopy on your way to a Royal Palm Place restaurant, shop or bar, but the expansive terrace is worth a visit, and here’s why. Chef Bryant Fajardo, trained under renowned chef José Andrés, specializes in one of Spain’s most traditional and iconic cuisines, the tapas. Patio delivers classic selections like Manchego cheese and anchovies alongside premium appetizers like seared duck and foie gras.

You can find tapas everywhere in Spain; eat them as a snack before dinner or as a full meal from small, shareable plates. One style of tapas is the montadito. It consists of a small piece of bread (usually similar to a baguette) with some sort of topping. The name is thought to come from the word mountor to mount, in reference to its “mounted” toppings.

What is certain is that the montaditos are central at Patio Tapas & Beer. How much you order really depends on your appetite and the number of guests. You should know that an order of a montadito contains only one serving. So if you are with friends you have to order multiples. Our table of four ordered five montaditos which we halved so we could try them all without getting too stuffed with bread. That’s the tricky part: balancing my love for toast on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside with my urge to try everything on the menu.

Sherry carrots; photo by Aaron Bristol

Solid, clear choices include the pork belly ($4.90), tender with a crispy outside, and the Iberian and Manchego ham ($4.90), a thin slice of sheep’s cheese topped with a thinner slice of ham. The standout montaditos were the ? stewed lamb ($4.90), shredded lamb stewed in tomato and red wine that was both savory and spicy, the duck breast ($4.90), thinly sliced, seared and nestled on sweet fig jam and topped with truffle oil, and the stuffed piquillo pepper ($4.90), a red pepper (without heat) filled with creamy goat cheese and a sweet Pedro Ximénez sherry reduction.

ADVERTISEMENT

Another category on the menu are bocadillos, which are small sandwiches made from similar montadito bread. We opted for other breadless tapas such as the ? tortilla ($7.90), an upgraded moist egg and potato omelet with a light onion crunch; sherry carrots ($7.90), multicolored carrots topped with goat cheese and almonds in a Pedro Ximénez glaze that accentuated their sweetness; the typical Galician Galician octopus ($17.90), tender octopus pieces drizzled with olive oil and paprika; and shrimp scampi ($17.90), shrimp soaked in garlic oil which in this case was a bit short on the garlic.

terrace tapas and beer
Pork belly and duck breast montaditos

A true tapas experience is about sharing food in a friendly, comfortable environment, and this restaurant delivers. Whether you’re meeting friends for a Wine Down Wednesday happy hour (bottles are half off) and pairing a Spanish rioja with a few montaditos or investing in the whole menu with a smorgasbord of plates, Patio Tapas & Beer is here.

IF YOU GO

205 SE First Ave., Boca Raton; 561/419-7239; patiotapasandbeer.com

PARKING: Parking on the street and in the garage

HOUR: Mon-Thu, 12pm-9pm; Fri-Sat. 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sun, 12.00 – 20.00

PRICES: $4.90-$39

This story is from the July/August 2022 issue of boca magazine. For more of this kind, click here to subscribe to the magazine.