Tarragona Restaurant Wine is the latest gastronomic initiative to fill the plates and glasses of Tarragona’s gastro circles. Running from the 19th of March till the 4th of April it offers a selection of 13 different local wines which can be sampled by the glass in accompanies by an excellent three course meal in 21 different restaurants.The initiative brings together good food and wine on budget with a three course meal set at 17€ and each glass of wine at 1.9€. We dug in to this offer at El Terrat , one of the best restaurant in town and located across the roof of the Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona.
To set our taste buds on the right track we were given a little welcome appetizer consisting of a marinated sardine fillet sitting on delicate little coca, topped with a tiny mozzarella and a spring or rocket. This was matched with the first wine of the evening an Ètim Grencache of 2008 from Falset (remember, if you are doing this ask for the Tarragona Restaurant and Wine “passport” where you can mark each wine with a sticker. If you try out all the wines at four different restaurants you get two complementary wine bottles for free).
As it’s rather nice to escape the mediterranean cuisine once in a while I went for the generous “Timbal d’alga wakame amb sèsam torrat, daus de salmó marinat i tempura de verdures” a seaweed base sprinkled with sesame, topped with three large chunks of raw and super tender marinated salmon, topped by a vegetable tempura. All this was matched with a fresh and zingy 2012 Bunus Rosé from the Monsant.
It’s hard to resist rice when you see it on the menu especially if this is an “Arròs cremós de nyores amb verduretes, bolets i escamarlans” a creamy vegetable arròs with added mushroom and langoustines whose richness was perfectly matched by a glass of Galena from Priorat easily the best and lip smacking drop of the evening.
There is always room for dessert and a “Iogurt de llimona amb textures de Chartreuse i tocs cítrics” was just what the doctor ordered. Cheekily served in a glass of yogurt and consisting of lemon yogurt folded in to chartreuse (great idea!) and a caramelized chuck of orange hiding in the bottom it made for a befitting clean and fresh grand finale.
The bill came to 23€ each, which considering the quality of both food and wine is a real bargain.