In Turkey they’re called meze, in Spain they’re known affectionately as tapas. No matter the name, these little sharing dishes won the hearts of foodies around the world a long time ago. Thankfully, La Tapa stays true to its name, with a menu dedicated to a wide range of these small plates and other Spanish delicacies. A 2015 addition to Bodrum’s ever-popular Neyzen Tevfik street, this is owner Osman Egeli’s second venture after La Pasion, his former space also focused on Spanish cooking.
The big-city Istanbul set will be pleased to discover that La Tapa surprises with its excellent quality and reasonable pricing. The menu is conveniently categorized according to main ingredients, making navigation easy, especially for vegetarians and vegans. Dishes span conservative classics, like patates bravas or empanadas, and more extravagant plates featuring snails or grilled veal tongue in sherry sauce. There is a wine list to match the menu, which includes a range of special offers.
Must tries on the menu include goat cheese rolls with beetroot carpaccio and dried olives, oven-baked green buttered snails, and last but not least, one of their paellas (vegetarian version available), served in a cast iron pan and perfect for passing around the table. Don’t miss airy, indulgent Spanish churros for dessert. Strategically located, the place fills fast, so it’s best to book a table in advance.
Open Daily, 12pm-12am. Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi No.180-1/1, Bodrum; T: (0252) 313 18 18