Espana – Vancouver newest Spanish Restaurant

I have been looking forward to trying out Espana since I heard about it.  Really enjoyed Neil Taylor’s food at Cibo and was anxious to see how he would put his signature on Spanish food.

The wine list was tight and focused and true to its spanish roots.  I  started off with a flight of three dry sherry’s.  A Manzanilla from Hidalgo, an Amontillado from Hidalgo, and a dry Oloroso from Lustau. It was perfect to go back and forth between the dishes and the different sherry’s.

The menu is set up to be Tapa style allowing you to try a variety of small dishes.  Three of us enjoyed an array of different items as we sipped and talked and nibbled away a few hours.  We started with Serrano Ham laid out on a wood cutting board.  Simple, honest, perfect.

Heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese, shallots and a pedro ximenez vinegar.  Balanced the other dishes nicely, well done.

One of the highlights, the octopus with fingerling potatoes, chorizo, and arugula was amazing.  Tender charred octopus with the lightest tasting chorizo I have ever had.  I could have had a few of these dishes just to myself.

House made chorizo with pickles and pickled onions.  Not what your used to with the store bought chorizo, this was light, flavorful, not greasy it was well done.

Crispy squid with chili jam and yogurt and mint.  The squid was tender but needed some seasoning, the chili jam was excellent and yogurt was the perfect accompaniment.

As you can see from the picture, the camera was slower than the appetite.  This was crispy chick peas with hot and sweet paprika and fresh mint. Very very good and addictive.

Patatas Bravas – fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce with ailoi and green onions.  I huge hit at our table.  Simple, rustic, hearty and full of flavor.

Sauteed duck livers over lentils with quail eggs and chorizo.  Hands down my favorite dish of the evening.   The livers were so clean and flavorful, I will be back many times for this dish alone.

We had a couple other dishes that were consumed this evening that were consumed before I realized I missed the photo.  We enjoyed the gazpacho which was very fresh, almost a salsa like vibrancy.  We also finished the meal with churros and chocolate sauce.  Very well done, in fact I would recommend a couple of the new donut shops in town take a lesson at keeping the dough light and airy like these churros were.

Overall a very impressive evening and look forward to many happy returns.  Well done.

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