Tapas & Sangria: A Touch of Spain at La Bodega
When you step inside La Bodega Restaurante & Tapa Bar, you will feel just as if you’re in a little grotto restaurant in Spain.¬† The brick and wood decor, the mounted toro’s (bull’s) head on the wall by the bar, the checkered table cloths and Spanish music give this place a cozy Mediterranean atmosphere.
La Bodega’s owners, Jose and Paco, opened the restaurant in 1971 and have kept to their tradition of serving the best Spanish tapas and sangria in town.¬† With its warm, friendly atmosphere.¬†La Bodega is a great place to go with¬†a group or for a cozy dinner for two.
It had been awhile since my last visit, and on this occasion there were eight of us.
We ordered jugs of sangria while we selected from the menu of tapas frias y calientes (hot and cold tapas); ensaladas and del campo (vegetables).¬† For eight people we ordered two plates each of tender, succulent costellas de res (beef short ribs); ceviche(seafood with lemon and spieces) ensalada mixta (romaine, olives, tomato, red onion with an oil and vinegar dressing) chiperones(savory stuffed squid).¬† The sangria complimented the mixture of flavours perfectly. ¬†With the 15% gratuity added for a group of over six, it averaged out to $20 per person.¬† We couldn’t have enjoyed a more satisfying meal that brought back fond memories of past journeys to Spain. Ole!
Location: 1277 Howe Street, Vancouver (map)
Hours:¬† Monday to Friday 4.30 pm to Midnight, Saturday 5.00 pm to Midnight, and Sunday 5.00 pm to 11 pm.
Photo by W. Ruth Kozak