One of my favorite trends in Sanlitun during the past couple of years is the rise of Spanish restaurants. Nali Patio has become the HQ for this given it houses Niajo, Carmen, Agua and Migas, with Ole and Olas nearby, though there are other Spanish joints around the city, including the relatively new Bar Code. Anyway, this means Food & Wines from Spain has even more options this year when it holds its second annual Spanish Tapas & Wine Tour, from May 1 to May 23. States the press release:
The Spanish Tapas & Wine Tour 2011 is a fantastic way to promote the delicate and flavorful food of Spain in China throughout a competition among several Tapas bars and refined restaurants. Participants will have the opportunity to delight in showing their creativity using Spanish ingredients for their Tapas-making. There are five categories in the contest that includes cold tapa, hot tapa, traditional tapa, creative tapa and fusion tapa.
Customers who buy a glass of wine at a participating establishment get one dish for free, while those who buy a bottle (RMB150) get all five tapas dishes. They can then cast a vote for which eats they like best. I’ll soon have more details on this and on the participating restaurants and bars.