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Curing the Craving for Tapas at Vicky Cristina's

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October 30, 2014 / Tapas / By
Katie Schenk

Every now and again, I do something called Tapas Night at home.  I use the word tapas lightly, mind you.  It’s a way of using up the leftovers in the house.  I grab an apron and a glass of wine and then I work my way through the fridge transforming the meat sauce from last night’s spaghetti into mini chimichangas.  Leftover vegetables become samoosas.  And, while my kids would hardly have touched the initial leftovers, they gobble through my tapas, sensationalising my work even.  I know that it’s tapas in the sense that there are several small plates, but they don’t seem to know any better.  And that’s even after spending time in Spain with their grandma last year. 

It was time to change their perceptions.  So, I loaded them in the car and headed over to Vicky Cristina’s at the Colony Centre in Craighall Park.

My first impression that we were wildly underdressed, but the staff seemed to take absolutely no note of that whatsoever.  Nor did they question why I was bringing two children into a restaurant that clearly transforms itself into a haven of artistic and educated nightlife after dinner service is complete.  Instead, the hostess allowed the boys to pick a booth, which always makes them happy.

 And then it was down to the difficult part.  It’s always something navigating a tapas menu with kids.  They’ve just not got that appreciation for vegetable dishes.  If it were up to them, they’d have protein with a few plates of... more protein. 

Perhaps it was the challenge that allowed me to become so easily distracted by the Jack Black on tap (along with selection of others) and the circulation tapas display at one side of the bar.  The boys were excited about that and probably would’ve grabbed the bowl of olives even if I had said no.  But, they were prompted to grab it by our server anyhow.  (And, when the bill arrived, I was pleased to find they were comped.)  

Eventually, I managed to order some mozzarella topped mushrooms, a veggie stack, some pâté, baby calamari and a chorizo and potato plate.

Every bite was a-maz-ing.  Yes, you do need to enunciate.  Our food was that delicious.  I’d especially recommend the chicken liver pâté.  It’s served with sangria onion marmalade and beetroot chips. 

Although there was easily plenty of food, we all turned into glutens and had to order a fillet stack which the boys devoured.  And then they still made room for cheesecake.

Vicky Cristina’s is officially on my list of places that I will crave.  But, I might not take the kids again for awhile.  It’s not that they didn’t like it, only that they became too excited to control.  But that’s what good food and a visually compelling restaurant does for you.  Also, I don’t want them downgrading my leftover, erm Tapas Night because they’ve tasted excellence.  

Vicky Cristina's

Country: South Africa

Province/State: Gauteng

City: Craighall Park

Address: 345 Jan Smuts Avenue,

Zip/Post Code: 2196

Location Tips: In the Colony Centre (you know the one with the Colony Arms and the Video Spot)

Phone: +27 11 3251263

Website:www.vickycristinas.com...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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