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Tapeo is a consummate Spanish custom, a leisurely trek between tapas and wine bars, stopping to sampling the wares as you saunter past, meeting and greeting old and new friends. It’s this concept that Tapeo is spearheading in Sydney, and for the time being at least it’s the go-to destination for this kind of community gathering, offering a casual wine bar and Spanish tapas restaurant experience in the heart of Redfern. You’re warmly invited to drop in to this multi-purpose cafe and hangout down Redfern Street.
My husband and I met with a couple of friends who had recommended Tapeo from previous good dining experiences there. While the food took almost an hour to get to us from ordering, it was delicious, well presented and good sized servings. I'd definitely go again, but only when out for a relaxing evening, not if we were in a hurry to be somewhere else.
Tapeo have built their eclectic cafe and tapas menu on sound principles, using only organic and environmentally friendly ingredients such as organic Tasmanian mussels and free range chicken to create modern interpretations of classic Spanish dishes with a touch of trans-Mediterranean flair from Morocco and a sprinkling of western influences. While Tapeo’s Redfern Street premises are an ideal place for a quick glass of wine or bite to eat, Sydney cafe-style by day, come evening the place opens up to more structured dining. Tapeo are also capable of accommodating up to 40 people for private dining.
An integral part of Tapeo’s diversified offering is their on-site bakery, where handmade bread and gluten-free tarts, cakes, and pastries are created by award-winning chef Raymond Kersh, of Edna’s Table fame. Again using organic flour and free range eggs, these sweet and savoury treats are available for takeaway, but also make their way to table for sit-down dinners at Tapeo’s Redfern Street premises. As a wine bar, Tapeo excels, offering a wide range of bubbles, rose, whites, and reds, as well as a number of traditional Spanish fortified wines and sherries. Cocktails (by the glass or in jars and jugs) are also on the cards here, with signatures such as Tapeo’s Toblerone providing tipple for chocolate lovers. But of course, the food is the star of the show at this Sydney tapas restaurant, covering breakfast, lunch, and a superlative selection of Spanish small plates and mains come late afternoon and evening.