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Tapas is a great choice for groups of people with different tastes, or as a meal option for those looking to try a wide range of different flavours. When it comes to tapas, Bournemouth residents and visitors are spoilt for choice: there are plenty of great places to enjoy an authentic taste of Spain - or tapas-style meals featuring other global flavours - with absolutely no need for a passport. So if you’re looking for small plates to tickle your taste buds, here are six great places to try.
The Bournemouth branch of this popular Spanish restaurant chain is a vibrant, lively place, where we always enjoy service with a smile. As well as their larger mains, they have plenty of tapas to choose from: try the croquetas de pollo (croquettes filled with chicken and a creamy bechamel sauce), and the crispy calamari - and save space for the tasty churros for dessert!
La Tasca, 23-27 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DT
It’s tapas with a difference at Roxy’s Bistro: a European restaurant with a Romanian slant that we love for its cheerful staff, friendly atmosphere and for being very accommodating to children. On the tapas menu you’ll find popular dishes such as deep fried whitebait and pork ribs with hot BBQ sauce, alongside Eastern European dishes like sarmale: tasty cabbage leaves stuffed with mince, rice and herbs.
Roxy’s Bistro Bar, 313 Charminster Road, Charminster, BH8 9QP
The ornate wood panelling, the number of Buddhas throughout the restaurant and the low, relaxing lighting set the tone for a meal at Koh Thai Tapas, whose Thai tapas menu we love as a great way to try a number of authentic Thai dishes to share between the table. Their 24 hour pork ribs are packed with flavour and fall off the bone, the hearty massamann curry is beautiful, and there’s plenty of choice for veggies with sweetcorn cakes, yellow curry, tempura veg and more.
Koh Thai Tapas, Daimler House, 38-40 Poole Hill, Bournemouth, BH2 5PS
This hidden gem is tucked away near The Triangle: a beer house with guest ales that are different every time we visit, a traditional pub atmosphere and a fantastic locally sourced food menu. As well as pub classics such as fish and chips, nachos and lasagne, you’ll find a tapas-style “nibbles” menu that’s great for sharing: dishes such as mini chorizo sausages, deep fried Brie, tempura battered vegetables and houmous with toasted pitta that’ll appeal to all tastes.
Goat & Tricycle, 27-29 Westhill Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5PF
The team at award-winning Renoufs know their cheese and wine - and we love the relaxed, happy atmosphere too. Their sharing boards are out of this world: for a group of 4-6, try the Renoufs Party Board, complete with your choice of 8 cheeses and 8 meats, olives, hoummous, pâté, marinated tomatoes, stuffed peppers, breads, chutneys and more - a fantastic sharing feast!
Renoufs, 48a Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH4 9DZ
What better way to enjoy a range of Chinese flavours than with an Oriental tapas menu? Take a seat at a table with a Lazy Susan in this relaxed, subdued Chinese restaurant, and order from their sharing menu, which includes a range of starters, mains and sides to whet your appetite. Don’t leave without trying the fantastic sate chicken or the spicy Singapore noodles...
The Mandarin, 194-198 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1PD
Contemporary Indian restaurant Indi’s is a beautiful place, with its sleek and stylish interior setting the scene for some truly top notch Indian food. At lunchtime, be sure to try their Indian tapas menu: it’s a favourite way for us to dine with friends and enjoy everything from the traditional (samosas, chicken tikka, Bombay potatoes) to more novel dishes, such as chargrilled aubergine stuffed with goat’s cheese.
Indi's, 25 Seamoor Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth, BH3 9AA
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