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Family Tapas

Two of my aunts, my uncle, and my grandma were coming to visit me and take me out to lunch. They told me I could pick the restaurant, so naturally I chose Tapas on Main, because if you haven’t noticed by now, I love going there.

We decided to each order our own meals instead of sharing tapas. My Aunt Katie got an appetizer though, and it was the cerveza y queso. It was beer and cheese dip served with warm toasted pita. The dip didn’t taste as great as we had all hoped for, but it wasn’t bad either. The first bite was a bit disappointing but it had that flavor that made you want to keep eating it. It essentially tasted like a beer flavored fondu, but not as great as you would imagine it to be.

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In addition to her dip, which she was kind enough to share with us all, she ordered the ensalada de Mediterranean for lunch. It was a Mediterranean salad with croutons, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta, spring mix, pine nuts, and topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I didn’t get a bite of her salad, but she said it tasted good and that she enjoyed it.

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My Uncle Leo also ordered a salad, but unfortunately, he really didn’t enjoy it. He said that according to the menu, it had an anchovy dressing on it. When I later looked at the menu though, I wasn’t able to find it anywhere. Regardless, he said it tasted very bland and didn’t meet his expectations.

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My grandma ordered the crab benedict off of the specials menu. It was classic eggs Benedict with fresh lump crabmeat and served over english muffins with a saffron hollandaise. She said it tasted good, and she ate it all so she must have enjoyed it.

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I recommended my Aunt Barbara to order the branzino al sarten, which is the seared Mediterranean sea bass I ordered last time. It comes with a sweet potato puree and is served with a  roasted tomato frisee salad with balsamic glaze on the side. She said she enjoyed it, but how couldn’t you? The sweet potato puree really makes that dish by adding a nice flavor to a blander tasting fish.

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Whenever I go to Tapas, I always eye the salmon al sarten, so I decided to order it this time. It is pan seared salmon with saffron couscous, raisins, almonds, red peppers, caramelized onions, and comes with a basil and roasted shallot sauce. Instead of couscous I requesting quinoa instead, which they were happy to do. Salmon dishes are normally on the larger side, so I was surprised that this dish wasn’t as big. It was a good size, but was just smaller when compared to other salmon dishes I’ve ordered. It had a nice flavor to it, although I didn’t taste the saffron as much as I had hopped. The raisins and almonds played off each other well, and the sweetness of the caramelized onions went well with the raisins. My only complaint with this dish was that it was almost too salty. I have a sodium intake issue so if I’m saying it was borderline too salty, that speaks volumes. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as great as I had hoped.

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My family really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, because of it’s quaint and intimate feel. Unfortunately though, we had terrible service. We were seated right by the kitchen so our waitress would constantly walk by us, but she would never check in on us. We were there for over two hours, which is absurd. I’m sad to say this was not an overly great experience at Tapas, and I’m disappointed that my family had to experience it. Hopefully next time I go, it will be as good as it has been in the past.

Tapas on Main

500 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018

(610) 868-8903

Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10:00pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 11:00am-10:00pm

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