“Pace Yourself” was definitely the theme of last nights meal at Alta – both with eating, drinking and the service. With an incredible (yet slightly overwhelming) menu to choose from (hard to say no to anything tapas), it was hard to choose “only a few”. My parents, sister, girlfriend and I took our time ordering (trying not to miss a thing) and we eventually set a “limit” to what we were going to order (probably the safest move considering my eyes are bigger than my stomach). Each of us agreed to pick 2 dishes from the menu to share amongst the group (we doubled up on a few that were smaller than others) and soon after polishing them off, we added another 3 dishes to the table (no, not per person).
Halfway through our bottle of wine (a great Cabernet/Tempranillo blend) and within 15 minutes of our initial order, the first round of dishes arrived. While this was definitely a little too quick for our liking, we dug right in and one by one, knocked off each of the plates. As one was finished (not a morsel left on the plate), a waiter pulled away the empty plate and replaced it with the next conquest. Trying to keep up with each other another (and the waiter) was no simple task, as we needed to break a few times. In the end, we managed to walk away unscathed….after trying 3 desserts, of course.
- Bacon Wrapped Dates & Olives
- Smoked Eggplant and Lebne Dip
- Vine Ripened Tomato & Tzatziki Salad
- Fried Goat Cheese with lavender infused honey (thanks to RBC for the recommendation)
- Lamb Meatballs spiced butternut squash foam, toasted sesame seeds and lebne
- Broccoli Rabe, Broccolini & Spring Garlic Fricasee
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts
- Grilled Shrimp & Chorizo Skewer
- Coca (Catalonian Flatbread)
- Warm Vegetable Salad artichokes & haricot vert, creme fraiche truffle dressing
- Pulled Pork Empanadas
- Black Truffle Gnocchi in Brown Butter
- Braised Short Rib of Beef
- Ricotta Churros
- Chocolate Soufflé Cake
Reminiscent of my days in Madrid – a packed bar with standing room only (by 8PM), semi-loud main dining room yet able to hear your dining mates and an extremely knowledgeable/friendly staff.
- Food – 5 of 5 forks up
- Service – 3 of 5 forks up (need to slow down a bit)
- Atmosphere – 4 of 5 forks up (a little loud at times, however most true tapas joints are)
Strongly recommended for tapas fans, foodies, good for dates and special occasions. For large groups (over 9) or the daring, get everything on the menu aka “The Whole Shebang” for $420!