World flavours - small plates of international dishes, street food, tapas from Spain and many other countries across the world - all can be enjoyed at a friendly Cork city-centre eatery that we discovered recently, Tedo Tapas Bar. I have always really enjoyed doing the 'Tapeo' in Spain, from Barcelona to Seville, Galicia to Madrid - there is no end to the different imaginative tasty bites that you experience - ideally with friends sharing many plates at one sitting. Further afield, street food is an exciting experience is Asia, and South America and Mexico have also tempted us with tasty morsels of great food. So it was really exciting to find that Tedo Tapas Bar has a menu that offers small plates from around the world, as well as 'Big Plates' for those who want a main meal all to themselves! We were on a mission to see both how authentic and how inclusive this global restaurant was going to be - and we were not disappointed.
International small plates are best enjoyed around a large table, with some bread for mopping up sauces, and while ordering several at one time, they come to the table as they are ready. And so we started with Three Amigos - a delightfully colourful sharing plate with tapas from Spain, Italy and Mexico which included tuna, beans, jalapenos, cheese, guacamole and capers - we cleared that plate completely before our other tapas choices arrived. Coxinhas do Brazil - a popular Brazilian street food of chicken, potato and cream cheese in a dough - was our first foray into South America. I also chose Sea food Bolinho - a popular Portuguese bar snack that I have enjoyed previously in Lisbon and contains cod, tuna, salmon and crab. Loving seafood, we had to also choose our Spanish favourites which are Gambas Pil Pil - spicy prawns and Calamari (squid) and both were well up to the mark. The prawns were big and juicy, and the calamari were prepared with a batter made from gluten-free flour. Good news for squid-loving coeliacs. Being Irish, we do like our spuds - so a portion of spicy Patatas Bravas fitted the bill perfectly.
All of the tapas were generously portioned and perfect for sharing and well priced too at around eight euro each. The wine list is also very well priced with a good choice of wines by the glass and bottles mainly under thirty euro. We chose a Rioja Crianza from Zuazo, which complimented our dishes very well. We were also served water which was refilled by attentive staff whose timing was perfect. We spent almost two hours at Tedo - it did not seem that long and we certainly will have to return to take a further global tour around their extensive menu. We never even left room for desserts, and also did not need to order any sides. There are also specials each evening, which looked very tempting, so another visit is definitely on the cards. Tedo Tapas Bar is a great addition to Cork City's extensive dining scene, it is friendly and relaxed, very affordable and offers small bites of world food that will keep all appetites happy.
Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland/Restaurants for 2018