Yesterday my friends and I decided to venture to the North side of Bethlehem and grab dinner over there. We ended up going to Tapas on Main, which I was very excited for. I’ve been wanting to go to a tapas restaurant for a while because I love how you can order multiple small plates and share with your table. My expectations were high because of how badly I’ve been wanting to try tapas, and this restaurant exceeded them.
To start with, we got the Bandeja Mixta, which is a platter mixed with any three meats and/or cheeses of your choice. For the meat we chose Cantimpalo, which according to the restaurant is made with rosemary, garlic, and smoked pimenton paprika. For the cheeses we ordered Tetilla Ninfas, described as a softer cow’s milk cheese that has a slight tangy flavor. The other cheese we ordered was Mahon Curado Reservo Menorca, which the menu portrayed as flaky with a grass, butter, sea salt, and fruit flavor.
The platter also came with two types of bread, grape compote, and caramelized onions. One of the breads appeared to be just plain and the other looked like it had raisins and some kind of nut in it. I preferred the raisin and nut bread, although the other one was still tasty and good quality bread. The Mahon Curado Reservo Menorca cheese was flaky and drier, and had a flavor that reminded me of Swiss cheese but not entirely comparable. I really enjoyed the Tetilla Ninfas because I like creamer cheeses. I thought the best combination was to take the raisin and nut bread, spread some Tetilla Ninfas cheese on it, and add a touch of caramelized onions and grape compote on top. By doing that the onions and grapes gave it a sweeter flavor. The Cantimpalo meat was very good and had a nice smokey sausage taste to it. The Tetilla Ninfas cheese was good on top of it because it added a nice contrast.
We also decided to order a salad with our meal. We ordered the Ensalada de Sandia: watermelon, diced cucumbers, and tomatoes drizzled with chocolate balsamic. My friends were the ones who suggested we order this and at first I was hesitant because I don’t particularly like chocolate or sugar on my fruit. I was intrigued though and figured I would give it a shot, and I was very pleased that I did. The salad had a salty yet sweet taste to it; it didn’t taste that chocolaty and actually tasted pretty light. It was perfect for our setting because we were sitting outside on a beautiful day, so it felt like a fresh summer salad.
We also ordered two tapas with our meal. We got the Salmon Tartare, which was mixed with red onion and caper remoulade, served on their homemade potato chips, and drizzled with pommery mustard aioli along the plate. We also got the Croquetas de Setas, which were portobello and leek croquettes topped with roasted jalapeño and tomato aioli. The Salmon Tartare practically melted in your mouth, but had a nice crunch to it with the potato chips. It was very refreshing tasting, but when you put some of the pommery mustard aioli on it, it had a nice kick which I enjoyed. The Croquetas de Setas was by far my favorite thing that we ordered. They were warm, had an ever-so-slight crunch because of the breadcrumbs, and the perfect amount of spice with the roasted jalapeño and tomato aioli. The aioli was delicious and I wish I could get a jar of it to use for my personal cooking.
Everything we ordered was absolutely scrumptious and it was the perfect amount for three people – we left feeling satisfied and not too full. The prices were also very reasonable; it wasn’t a college student bank-breaker and the food was excellent quality so it was worth the money. I definitely plan on going back sometime soon and trying some different things off their menu.
Tapas on Main
500 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10:00pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 11:00am-10:00pm