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As its name suggests, this budget-friendly spin-off from the team behind Tsunami offers tapas-sized portions of pan-Asian food ranging from run-of-the-mill nigiri and sashimi to east/west
crossovers such as roast duck and foie gras rolls or more fanciful ideas including grilled aubergine with sweet miso and yoghurt hoummos. As a rule, the simplest dishes are the most satisfying:
hits from the ‘hot tapas’ selection have included fat tiger prawns with a kick of chilli and yuzu citrus, while sea bass poached in a delicious broth of ginger, shallots, coriander and chilli shows
a touch more restraint. On the downside, lacklustre finishings and tiny, cramped tables in the modishly designed upstairs dining room point to a hasty refit, and clueless staff also need to smarten
up their act. Mind you, the touristy location and street-level bar guarantee full houses every night.
I was woefully unimpressed with Tapasia when it first opened. I was willing to give the place a second chance though when I learnt that the menu had been totally revamped – as far as I can tell not a single dish from the old menu (apart from simple staples like edamame) had been brought over to the new menu.Certain things remain the same though. The odd Japanese-tapas fusion theme to the food is still there (it’s in the name!) and the service is still friendly if a little more sycophantic this time around. ‘You have excellent taste sir. You’ve just chosen all of my favourite dishes’. Son, pass the sickbag...
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Tapasia sits on Old Compton Street in Soho and has been open now for around 2 months. I know these premises have had quite a few different establishments opening here in the years and never managed to survive, generally because they serve bad food, and restaurateurs seem to think this road is only for cheap vegetarian buffets of chains. Therefore, with the opening of Tapasia I was looking forward to some good grub near my drinking Haunts in Soho.If you haven’t already guessed by the name the restaurant focuses on Tapas sized Pan-Asian dishes. I understand Pan-Asian food is Fusion cooking from Southern Asia...
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