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“Decidedly Different Experience”
Review of El Tapir Despistado - CLOSED

El Tapir Despistado
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Small and cosy bar in the historic Barrio de la Villa in Olvera with magnificent views across the mountains of Grazalema. We offer a small range of homemade desserts, smoothies, coffee, a wide variety of teas and some nice Belgian Beers. CLOSED DURING WINTERSEASON FROM NOVEMBER UNTILL MARCH.
hexham
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Decidedly Different Experience”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

El Tapir Despitado is hidden away above the more populous streets, perched on a rocky outcrop behind the massive, towered yellow stone of the cathedral which dominates Olvera. It can only be reached by navigating narrow, sharply inclined streets, angled between the crowded tumbled houses. It is worth the trouble. The view from a table on the tiny cobbled square outside the bar is exceptional at any time and has an air of exclusive seclusion, yet is wonderfully expansive and scenic.

From its last incarnation as a fairly traditonal tapas bar (if that can be said as the previous owners were a pair of canny, untraditional Geordie/Mackem emigres) the transformation into El Tapir Despitado is radical. The whole interior is now pure cool white with spare splashes of colour from cushions, surfaces and foliage. Chrome and polished laminate tables and high leg stools furnish the compact space. The atmosphere (and food) is chic bistro. Not surprising perhaps then to find that artistic sensibility permeates this spotless tabernacle of style. One of the owners is a painter and some of her enigmatic studies of elongated human figures populate the pristine walls. The night we went tapas had been previously ordered for the eight of us, the eclectic and unusual dishes that arrived in a regular stream from the miniscule broom cupboard sized kitchen included black pudding on a bed of apple puree and deconstructed chicken curry, all presented in the chef, Kris's, beautifully crafted mini tower style.

The true beauty of this eyrie of a bar, perhaps, is the potential afforded by its stunning location - which is also possibly its weakness. You have to want to go there and that will only happen through it becoming more widely known and patronised. Its not certain though how the idea of an uncompromisingly realised concept bar will go down with the locals as tradition is still big in this region. Business? Lifestyle? whatever their motivation I hope Marleen and Kris succeed. I'm not quite sure their direction and market is entirely clear yet, however, its early days and they are undoubtedly putting in a lot of resources and effort to create a decidedly different experience. Good luck to them.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Olvera, Spain
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1 review
“Not at all muddled”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

The name, The Muddled Tapir, is a clue for this is a café-bar out of the ordinary. It is exceptional in taste, style, location. It does not fit formulaic 'best restaurant' type questions. We liked it all. The tantalising tapas, the deliciously healthy smoothies, the carefully selected wines, quality coffee and the stunning views across the Rio Guadalporcún valley to the Grazalema mountains. The warm welcome was genuine, the service attentive. Fellow patrons were local and tourist, Spanish and a rainbow of nationalities. We left reluctantly but will return often.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 review
“A wonderful Surprise”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

El tapir is a wonderful surprise perched on top of Olvera behind the Church. Marleen and Kris are the perfect hosts, who make you feel at home right away. Unlike most of the bars in Olvera El Tapir provide an alternative contemporary tapas which are both mouth watering and scrumptious. With stunning views, wonderful conversation and a truly friendly atmosphere El Tapir is not to be missed on the Olvera trail.

  • Visited October 2013
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Tumwater, Washington
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“Just GO!”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Go for the view, go for the destination, go for the company, go for the food. We found this place while we were site seeing. It is Small, tucked away in a little corner, of a little village, on top of a little mountain, near a little castle. The menu was small, and the servings were small. And all of that and the people we met there, as well as the owners made this a wonderful place.

This is not a place to jet set from New York, but if it happens to be anywhere in your scope of travels, make your way up the hill. See the castle, stop in for a bite, a drink, and some nice conversation.

Trip advisory as if this is the best meal I ever had in a restaurant, not a fair question because it's not just about the food (but it was excellent) its about the experience.

Just GO!

FYI, they are only open on weekends.

  • Visited October 2013
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Hallowell, Maine
1 review
“A memoir forever”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Hidden in the hills of Andulucia, is the white village of Olvera, and there if you 're lucky you will discover the most delightful dinning experience at El Tapir Despistado. Kris and Marlene, the artist proprietors, have undertaken to offer a variation on the theme of Tapas. Some may argue they are not tapas in the classic Spain tradition, but they are created and served in a traditional Tapas Bar atmosphere and with a fantastic view, but go a step further to bring the lucky customer a small selection of gourmet delights. The selections were unlike any other tapas we've had elsewhere in Spain, but each was delicious, well prepared, artistically presented and served with simple elegance.

  • Visited October 2013
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