Hey guys, I hope that you are having a great week so far. Did you know that it is almost time for the restaurant week in San Francisco? It will be held between January 22nd and January 31st! A whole week during which certain restaurants offer a cheaper tasting menu, it allows you to try their food for less money! Good deal right?
Talking about restaurants, I made this incredible discovery a few days ago! A new spot is offering Spanish tapas and paella, and it just opened in the Nopa district, in San Francisco. It’s called Barvale, and they just opened a month ago. I got nicely invited by the restaurant to try out their menu, as well as some of their cocktails. I have traveled a lot in my life, and I have had the chance to go to Spain at multiple occasions, so I have to say, Barvale is doing an amazing job serving authentic cold and warm tapas, and great paella.
We started the tasting with some cold appetizers or “amuse bouche” that were very fresh and tasty. I particularly enjoyed the chorizo and cheese bite, perfect combination with their gin and tonics cocktails. But I have to say, I was surprized by their tortilla de patata that reminded me of the flavors I experienced in Spain. Indeed, they were perfectly cooked, soft, and tasty.
I also got the opportunity to try their grilled sardines made with shallots, gindillas and olives. Very tasty dish, bringing a real originality to the regular taste of sardines. I got particularly excited when I saw the gambas coming to our table. These olive oil poached prawns were accompanied by grilled bread in a mild spicy sauce. I highly recommend this hot tapas, a pretty rare dish in San Francisco. For meat and beef lovers, I would say go with the tempranillo braised oxtail offered with a delicious and creamy mashed potato. But if you ask me which one I preferred, I would probably say that my absolute favorite was their octopus tapas (pulpo) accompanied by fingerling potatoes, olives, and pimento. This dish was incredibly delicious, and just the perfect size to share with some friends.
And of course, don’t even think about leaving this restaurant without trying their paella! I got the chance to experience this dish made with shrimp, mussels, clams, aioli and lemon, and it was SO good! I would definitely go back to Barvale, it might actually be my new favorite spot for tapas in San Francisco! I personally loved the style and concept of this restaurant, they designed their plate and dishes to be shared, which makes it very cozy, and group friendly. Thank you Barvale for bringing a real taste of Spain, with authentic and high quality dishes!