Tapas at Ate.Cafe

In: Eating

1 Jul 2010

Thursday through Saturday, the two fantastic chefs at Ate Cafe serve the small tasty dishes known as tapas. It’s almost like sitting at a cafe in Barcelona. You order a glass (or two) of wine, and then try dish after dish, in no particular order and in no hurry. On the patio with music playing, it’s a relaxing way to wind down the week and a lot cheaper than flying to Spain. Pictured above, steamed mussels and clams in a white-wine garlic broth. Behind the bowl is the crusty house-baked bread with Chef Rodolfo’s famous romesco sauce (more on that later).

Gambas al Ajillo, or grilled shrimp with garlic, is a classic Spanish tapa. The shrimp are accented with red chile peppers in a bit of olive oil for dipping. Behind that, Albondigas Caseras, tender, house-made meatballs of veal, beef and pork in a delicious portuguese sauce fragrant with onion and tomato.

We started with olives, roasted almonds, and sweet roasted red peppers with garlic and parsley. The wine is an Alamo Torrontes from Argentina. On tapas nights, Ate also serves their own sangria and clerico, the white-wine version of sangria with peaches and strawberries.

The romesco sauce is so good, I went back to try it again. Chef Rodolfo is planning on putting it in jars soon and selling it at the restaurant and in gourmet food stores. It’s delicious spread on bread or used as a base for sandwiches. It’s a blend of roasted almonds and hazelnuts, roasted tomatoes and garlic, and five or six other ingredients. It’s quite addictive, so let’s hope it’s available soon!

The chef in a rare moment of relaxation.

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1 Response to Tapas at Ate.Cafe

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ella

July 1st, 2010 at 9:52 am

Ooh! Looks delicious. I have a groupon to use there.
I think I need to use it this weekend.

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