Talented Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy, is set to open the tapas bar which will be named, Tapas Revolution.
Tapas Revolution will be the first in a series of Madrid-style all day tapas bars planned throughout the UK, all based on his campaign to show Brits the beauty of Spanish cuisine.
Already hot property as Head Chef of respected London restaurant El Pirata Detapas, Omar was recently described by Gordon Ramsay as the ‘Antonio Banderas of cooking’.
Located on the mezzanine level of Europe’s largest shopping centre, Tapas Revolution will bring all the excitement of a traditional Spanish tapas bar to London.
Guests will be able to start the day with churros con chocolate, enjoy some Jamon, tapas y vinos for lunch or dinner, pick up an authentic bocadillo if they are on the move or sip on a refreshing glass of cava.
The passionate 26-year-old sources his ingredients from small farms all around Spain. He’s even asked his coffee supplier to prepare a blend that tastes the same as the coffee back in his loved barrio of Madrid. Omar is also working with a baker to produce a special flauta bread he couldn't find in London.
"Everything at Tapas Revolution will be as authentic as if you were back home in Spain,” says Omar.
Renowned interior specialists DesignLSM worked with Omar to develop his ideas for the Tapas Revolution bar. The 5O metre pewter bar with open ham cellar, will be surrounded by 43 high stools, so guests can experience the speed and excitement of a real all-day tapas bar. Iberian products will be displayed in the bar-top counter in front of the guests.
“My Tapas Revolution bars will be fun and very Spanish - only without the siestas,” says Omar. “In Spain, food is a way of life – both of which are best shared with other people.”
The idea behind Tapas Revolution is two fold - trained by Ferran Adrià of world famous restaurant El Bulli, the charming and self-styled Omar is on a mission to show the British public the simplicity and sheer joy of Spanish cooking. Last July, he set out on a 900-mile journey complete with obligatory motorcycle, a tent, sleeping bag and a few essential ingredients to bring tapas to the people. Starting in Liverpool and heading due East towards Grimsby before doubling back and making his way down to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the cooking whizz-kid carved a ‘T’ shape across the UK.
Good luck Omar - sounds like your passion will win over the shoppers!