In Spanish cooking, tapas are appetizers or snacks that may be served hot or cold. Across the globe, these “snacks,” which can be combined to make a full meal, have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine, limited only by the imagination of the chef. In Central American countries, they are called bocas, while in Mexico, similar dishes are called botanas. No matter where you reside, these delectable small bites paired with international wines are an exquisite way to sample a variety of ethnic flavors.
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn Resort and Casino offers some of the best tapas in town. You know you’re in the right place when you see a red sign that says “In vino veritas,” meaning “In wine, truth.” Guests enter a wine-tasting room reminiscent of centuries gone by. The atmosphere is convivial and welcoming for the connoisseur as well the novice. The wine flights are designed to pair beautifully with small plates served on decorative, handcrafted trays. Guests can enjoy two ounces of hand-selected specialty wines in the intimate wine-tasting room or “cave” stocked with 250 bottles from all over the world.
Off Strip, Pamplona is a popular tapas destination highlighting authentic dishes from Spain, the Canary Islands, Basque and more. Lamb chops, the meat and cheese spread and crispy pork belly are guest favorites. Along with the food, live music and a welcoming atmosphere have Pamplona’s guests coming back again and again.
Julian Serrano Tapas
Award-winning chef Julian Serrano’s Spanish Tapas at Aria Resort brings a classic appeal to tapas. He enjoys sharing his cuisine with guests, such as the Bang-bang rock shrimp with guacamole, Spanish chicken croquettes with béchamel and lemon-pepper aioli, and Chuleta De Cordero grass-fed organic lamb chop, potato, aioli and nuts. Other traditional table pleasers include stuffed piquillo peppers redolent with mushroom duxelles, goat cheese and spicy tomato sauce. Meat tapas are available along with hot and cold seafood tapas, bread tapas and vegan tapas.
Forte has been a Las Vegas tapas standout for years and is invested in keeping its tapas menu vibrant and interesting. Owner Nina Manchev understands tapas, having traveled the world and immersing herself in European cuisine, learning the complexity of flavors and spices and then bringing that knowledge back to hungry diners. Guests can feel and taste the passion with every bite and sip from an eclectic wine list paired with a global selection of tapas. Signature items on the menu include octopus in olive oil, Hungarian goulash, beef and lamb confit, and of course traditional Spanish bocadillos and Spanish olives.