We selected this restaurant out of the blue while walking through the Old Town area of Omaha, and we were so glad we did! The entire experience was a delight.
The staff, including the friendly young man who seated us and the fantastic waitress, were part of the fun. We love visiting new places and meeting new people, and the staff here was so personable that we had no hesitation in asking them for advice about the various dishes and joking with them throughout the meal. We adored our waitress, who took the time to sit down with us and discuss the merits of the various dishes. She was not only knowledgeable but fun!
The home-made red sangria was delicious, just fruity enough without being overwhelming.
We decided on the tapas, since it would give us the chance to sample so many things. Following the advice of our fabulous waitress we ordered 3 to begin. I do not speak Spanish and rather than butchering the vocabulary I'll use English terms for the dishes. The first was a light pastry stuffed with tuna and (I believe) chopped egg and red peppers, then drizzled with honey. Next came dates wrapped in bacon. And finally, shrimp in garlic butter with bread to dip in the melted butter. Each dish was wonderful in its own way. My companion went into raptures over the tuna, while I couldn't get enough of those wonderful dates. The shrimp was excellent, too, but just a little less exotic than the others.
After that we couldn't keep from wanting to try more. I would disagree with the reviewer who disliked the potato tortilla, or perhaps the recipe has changed. Ours was clearly not made with frozen potatoes. The texture was more like handmade mashed potatoes, with a crispy outside and a creamy inside. We loved it.
The fried eggplant drizzled with honey was probably our least favorite (which is hardly fair, since it was extremely good - just our personal preference.) One interesting dish seemed similar to bruschetta, crunchy bread and well-seasoned tomatoes, but topped with a salty cured meat imported from Spain (it reminded me a little of prosciutto.) And just when we thought we simply couldn't eat any more wonderful food, out came the fried calamari rings with a homemade dipping sauce. My companion and I agreed that we had never eaten such tender calamari. It nearly melted in our mouths.
After talking a little further with our wonderful waitress we discovered that the restaurant has been open less than a year. Maria herself came out from the kitchen to speak with us, and we were so impressed with her graciousness. She is a native of Spain and has taken the leap of opening a new restaurant while she is in her 60's! She prepares all the food herself by hand, using only the freshest ingredients, and she even imports some items from Spain. No wonder the food is so amazing. Bravo, Maria!
Our only disappointment is that we are from Kansas City and will be unable to become regulars at this fantastic restaurant. We wholeheartedly wish Maria and her staff the best of luck on the venture. They deserve success.
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