Tapas is served day in day out in every bar and cafe in Spain. It’s so much a part of the culture and social scene that the Spanish people invented the verb ‘tapear’ which means ‘to go and eat tapas’.
It is said that King Alfonso X – the Wise One, made sure that Castilian taverns served wine accompanied by something to eat, so that the wine would not go straight to the clients’ heads.
Another story claims that while on a long trip, King Alfonso had stopped to rest in a town, and he ordered a glass of sherry. There was a gusty wind, so the inn keeper served him his glass of sherry covered by a slice of ham to prevent the sherry from getting dirty. When he asked for a second glass, he requested another tapas or cover just like the first.
Whatever the true origin of tapas, we have taken the concept and adapted it to encompass all types and styles of food from around the world. The idea being to order several different dishes from our menu, then enjoy them like the Spanish do – with a glass of wine and a relaxed attitude.