Meeting friends for tapas has become a popular social outing for Australians over the past 10 years. You may already feel that you’re intimately acquainted with tapas and have your own personal favourite dishes – perhaps you can’t go past the gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) or always have to start with a plate of those crispy little croquets de jamon (ham croquetes). There are, however, a few things that you may not have known about this Spanish dish.

1. A clever way to increase profits?

Rumour has it that tapas began as a way to induce beverage consumption. According to legend, some clever bartenders would give salty slices of cured meat to drinkers, knowing that they would be more likely to order more drinks. This claim is hotly debated, as the word ‘tapas’ means lid in Spanish and the more widely accepted story is that drinks were served with a ‘cover’ of tapas to keep dust and flies from falling into the drink!

2. Offering tapas is ‘the law’ in some locations

Over the years, laws have been passed in some locations requiring bar owners to serve a small amount of food with beverages to avoid drunken behaviour. Sounds like a very smart (and tasty) law to us!

3. There are many tapas ‘categories’

There are many different varieties of tapas, which can be categorised into groups. In Spain, some bars are famous for just one particular category. Categories include fried, cazeletitas (cooked in earthenware dishes), pinchos (grilled and served on skewers), cucharada y paso arras (spoonfuls) and bien me sabe (tastes good to me). In Australia, our wonderful melting pot of nationalities has produced a broad selection of tapas incorporating the flavours and dishes of many countries, like the menu at Sevardi Wine and Tapas Bar, which combines the best of traditional Spanish tapas and Italian cuisine to create our unique range of Italian tapas.

4. Tapas doesn’t have to be tiny

While tapas are traditionally a quarter sized version of a full meal, you needn’t avoid visiting a tapas bar because you think you’ll be left hungry. Apart from the fact that groups usually order multiple dishes to share, you can upgrade your favourite tapas to a ‘racion’ or full sized portion if you love one particular dish so much.

5. What to drink with tapas

It’s Spanish tradition to order a drink with tapas – after all, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that’s why it exists! It’s hard to go past a rich red wine or a jug of sangria when enjoying tapas, but there are other alternatives that you may not have considered.

At Sevardi Wine and Tapas Bar, we have carefully curated a list of wines to match your tapas dishes perfectly, so all you need to do is choose the dish and we’ll recommend the beverages. Call us today for more information or to make a booking on (02) 9980 1150.