As so many people join us to experience some of the best tapas in Sydney, we are often asked how the name – and style of food – originated. Like many of history’s great events and discoveries, there is a range of possible origins. Here are just a few of them; we’ll leave you to choose which you want to believe – as wide a selection as the tapas itself!
Groucho Marx once memorably said that ‘Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana’. It’s certainly true that they could be partial to the wine offered in Spanish hostelries, which saw a practice evolve of placing a flatbread, or piece of card, over the glass to protect it. Tapas meant cover but came to refer to snacks placed on top of them.
As some folk like to do here in our tapas bar in Sydney, it was also common practice to eat tapas while standing. Therefore, as tapa meant a pot cover, the term came to identify plates which would be set on top of the glass and then the small portions of food placed on them.
An alternative for the derivation of tapas was as a disguise. In the 16th century, tavern owners discovered that using strong cheese as a free offering could mask the smell of bad wine! Here at Sevardi, as we believe we offer the best tapas in Sydney, where the aroma and taste of your food and wine choices merge thrillingly, we have certainly moved on from that idea!
Yet another explanation, from around a century ago, saw Spanish King Alfonso XIII visit a tavern in Cadiz. To protect the offered glass of wine from beach sand on a breezy day, the owner had a slice of cured ham placed on top of the glass. The king approved of this and ordered another glass with the cover in place!
Enjoying the best tapas in Sydney
There are other theories as to the origin of what is now such a famous cuisine. What is important, of course, is that this is now such a great way to relax and spend time with friends and family. So, do come and enjoy the superb selections offered here at our Sevardi Wine & Tapas Bar in Sydney. Call us today on (02) 9980 1150 to book your table!