Tipico Espanõl Restaurante – A Hidden Gem 

Last september, a new vibrant spanish restaurant got opened in Lullanagar area, and had created quite a buzz since then. Mybonappetit has been fascinated with its gaining popularity and wanted to try it but unfortunately being so distant couldn’t visited. But then, a few days ago, Mybonappetit alongwith fellow #TheBTeam members got invited over for an amzing Food tasting here. So I’m sharing the experience and tales abt the place for you exclusively so that you shouldn’t miss this superb place at all and must visit very soon. 

Spanish citizen and NRI Ramesh Perumal, who hails from Pune, developed a liking and passion for Spanish cuisine, thanks to his upbringing there. Its all happened due to the his long stay in Spain, he had kind of developed a foray of interest into bringing the spanish food culture here in Pune food industry and his dream came true with this place opening up a few months back.  Managing a chain of electronic stores across Spain but since he wanted to follow his passion in the food industry, he decided to introduce Western India (Pune, especially) to authentic Spanish cuisine. Thus Tipico Espanõl – the first ever authentic Spanish restaurant in Maharashtra!
Tipico Espanõl Restaurante, which means ‘Typical Spanish Restaurant’ is very beautifully designed and gives you a perfect feel of European Ambience and authentic Spanish dishes using fresh ingredients and classic touch of olive oil. The entire place will give you a feel of cool café with chick interiors of wood pannelled, dimly lit fine/casual dine set up. All of the patrons can also get to know whats happening in the kitchen as they have a “see through kitchen counter”. The art-works exhibit spanish culture and give an extra uber touch to the interiors.

The seating capacity is restrictive to 30-35 max so that focus should be on the quality of the food. The menu is minimal for now and chefs confirmed that they will add on some new recipes later once people start liking the existing menu. They only serve mocktails (quite good ones) currently, as they are waiting for their liquor license and once they will get it, they’ll start wine-culture with spanish food. The chefs are very well trained and they know what they are cooking here. We had a small chat with them too and they highlighted few of the imp ingredients and methods for preparing the super-amazing dishes. 

So lets talk abt the amazing evening in detail;

Drinks ;

Raspberry Mojito – Too sweet to be precise but smooth flavour will get you a fair drink in overall.

Blueberry Mojito
– It was nice to the tone and not to sweet. Lovely flavour and quite refreshing to sum it up.

Watermelon Mojito – Oh this was something! This had some real nice flavors of watermelon in the spritzer. My personal favorite of the evening. Due to its subtle flavour, its highly reccomendable here.

Kiwi Mojito – it had typical flavors of the kiwi fruit syrup and mildly sweet. It was very balanced and soothing. All of us liked it cause of its mild tone of sweetness. 

Starters
;

Tortilla Espanõla (Rs.229)- Spanish Omelette Nice fluffy, well beaten eggs tossed with good amount of onions and potatoes, cooked in #OliveOil is what makes you feel special about this dish apart from the usual omelette served at different places. Two slices of #bread and a dip accompanying it will help you to polish off the entire plate in seconds. A perfect weekend breakfast, isn’t it?

Croquetas de Verduras (Crispy Veg Balls – Rs.279)and Croquetas de Pollo (Crispy Chicken Balls – Rs.359) – Ok, so the best part abt this place is that almost every dish has veg and non veg variants. A relief if you’re here with a veg/non-veg friend and want to explore the exotic spanish food. Now coming to this dish, fried croquettes of vegetables and chicken were good in texture, stuffed with a nice crunchy exterior and surprisingly the salsa verde served with these were superb to pair with. One who has a hunger for a good taste, definitely gonna end up ordering this here. The minced filling was absolutely brilliant and also the portion size is too good for an individual even. Surprisingly their veg variant was better than the chicken variant. #GoForIt

trio of ‘al Ajillo’s: Champinones al Ajillo (Garlic Mushrooms – Rs.379), Pollo al Ajillo (Garlic Chicken – Rs. 449)and Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimps – Rs. 649) – All three variants were mind blowing. Mushrooms, chicken and shrimps with burnt garlic and hot peppers Served on iron pans, in a pool of olive oil was simply amazing to witness and the aroma made us very delighted.  Marinated brilliantly and soaked generously in the pool of olive oil, all three dishes were simply best in the taste. It was very difficult to choose the best out of three but Mushroom somehow manage to win the race. Nice crunchy garlic bread was served as accompaniment to all three dishes.Its simply one of those dishes at a place which you can order as many times you visit that place. #DontMissIt

Mains ;

Paella Vegetal (Veg. Paella – Rs. 689) and Paella de Pollo y Verduras (Chicken & Vegetables Paella – Rs. 789)- One of the rich dish of Spain food culture, Made with rice, red and green peppers, lots of seasonal vegetables, good amount of garlic and olive oil, kidney beans, tomatoes with additional boiled chicken chunks in the chicken variant, The paella is made very deliciously and very soothing have. The flavors of all the individual ingredients were rich in texture and can be found easily once you will start having in small bites. The portions served are huge and you get full in no time, so if you have ordered good amounts of starters, I must say you should think before ordering this. And if you’re here with 4-5people, it can be then it can be polished off nicely in time. #MustTry

Desserts ;

Peach and Apricot Mousse and the Chocolate Mousse – Both of them were good in taste. The chocolate mousse being as usual chocolatey and creamy. Peach and Apricot Mousse was a balanced one. Ramesh confirmed traditionally the mousse is supposed to be on the sweeter side once we asked him abt it. Since we’re full by the time we had this dessert we didn’t tried any other dessert here but I’ve heard they serve superb dessert named, “Flan con Caramelo”. In the next visit, I’m gonna order one for sure.

One of #TheBTeam’s very finest food tasting ever ! This place should be on the top of the Go-to list who enjoys exploring different cuisines and food cultures. They have really given their heart and soul to it, go, splurge yourself with exotic spanish delicacies.

Spain is Exptic, extravagant, and too vibrant! The culture, history and diversity of this country depicts in the excellent food they serve and the fabulous life-style they adhere to. Be it the bull-fighting traditions in Sevilla (Remember ZMND moment 😊), soccer craze in Barcelona, this tradition serves a great vibe to energise upon. The chefs Sushil and Ralph are always there to share great tales abt Spanish dishes. It is a place which can be enjoyed by all age groups, right from students to families! 

Also dont miss to try their super-spread five-course buffet which they have introduced recently. 

A big shout out to Zubair, Atif and Abha from ReachOut PR for inviting us and Ramesh, Chef Sushil, Chef Ralph and Team Tipico for hosting us.

Tipico Espanõl Restaurante is located at Lullanagar Rd, Kondhwa.

Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event.

This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency. All the photos are clicked by my iPhone 6+.
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