Spain is a country full of allure that comes from thrilling bullfighting, passionate flamenco dance, and enchanting Spanish cuisines, particular the tapas. Tapas are a classic food in Spain, usually prepared by placing cheese and condiments on thinly sliced pieces of bread. Each slice is simple and accentuates the taste of the food itself. Now, Grand Formosa Regent Taipei's Gallery has transformed into a stylish Barcelonan bar, with dozens of signature tapas items designed by the hotel's Culinary Director in a special Tapas Party where the chic urbanites gather for a soothing Spanish ambience with cheap yet delectable tapas (starting at a mere N$38) and the best in beverages.
The original tapas were the slices of bread which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry. But soon, enterprising bartenders were putting small snacks on the bread, and the lowly tapa (from tapa derived the verb tapar, "to cover") became as important as the sherry. Now in the modern days, tapas have evolved into an entire cuisine; at Spanish restaurants, patrons may order many different small tapas, and combine them for a full meal.
At the Tapas Party at Grand Formosa Regent Taipei, an eclectic collection of over thirty items are available in three zones at three prices - Rock n' Roll Zone (NT$38), Bash Zone (NT$48), and VIP Zone (NT$58). Flavors range from traditional to innovative, savory to sweet, and western to oriental. Guests can also make a Party Mix by choosing two items from each zone for NT$260, or three from each zone for NT$380. In addition, guests ordering the Party Mix can enjoy two San Miguel draft beers (NT$150 for 330ml; NT$300 for 500ml) for the price of one!
Many seafood tapas are available in the VIP Zone (NT$58 each), including Crisp fried Thai crab cake with red curry, Spicy shrimp vol au vent in a crispy pastry, the fragrant Garlic sauteed scallop skewer wrapped in bacon, Japanese style Seared sesame tuna cubes, creamy and cheesy Smoked salmon croquettes, and appetizing Spiced crab and shrimp salad crostini. There are also other non-seafood selections like the spicy Chorizo focaccia, Japanese Beef and scallion skewer with teriyaki sauce, Chicken yakitori, Salami and tomato pizza bites, Parmesan chicken with garlic alioli, lusciously chocolaty Pecan brownies, and popular Canelles bordelaise (chocolate / vanilla).