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Brazilian chef brings spicy flair to tempting Tapas

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 4:10 AM
Sous Chef Jenelle Solomon (keft) showcases some of the delights created for Tapas night with Chef Fernanda.
The mouth-watering crostini with caramelised onion.
Savoury Batata Bravas (fried potato cups with spicy tomato sauce) will leave you wanting more.
The delectable grilled chicken medallion had many wanting more.
The highlight of the night was the tasty paella (seafood and chicken) rice bowl.
A closer look at the scrumptious paella balls with shrimp.
More wine, please! Maitre D' Robert Taylor is happy to oblige!
Nothing pairs better with tapas than a glass of Santa Carolina, Carmenere.
The scrumptious crostini funghi (mushroom) is sure to delight your tastebuds.
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There's hardly a better place to be than among the gods - Greek gods, that is. 

It was a heavenly affair recently at the Santorini Skylounge, at Greek-food haven - Opa! Restaurant, located at Hope Road, St Andrew. Tapas was the name of the game and the mouth-watering hot and cold delights were featured in the mo

st ethereal way. Of course, Food was there to capture all the delectable highlights.
Tapas, according to owner, Alexx Antaeus, are savoury snacks, canapés or small plates. Tapas originated in Spain, but Brazilian chef  Fernanda (Pinheiro) has created a delightful fusion of Brazilian, Spanish and Italian tapas.

The chef and restaurateur, who once owned the eatery 'Terra Brasilis' in Sardinia, has a solid reputation for creating one-of-a-kind multi-cultural tapas. The weekend tapas experience at Opa! is in good hands. 

Chef Fernanda speaks little English, but her talent does enough talking for her. Sweet aroma filled the air as she carried us on a culinary journey. She demonstrated just how the different types of tapas are made, with the use of cultural herbs and spices. And the proof was in the taste! We dug right into the paella balls with shrimp, crostinifunghi (mushroom), crostini de mozzarella y pesto and batata brava. We wanted more!

Other tapas dishes available include octopus salad, ensalada griega (Greek salad), grilled chicken medallion, gong sarung jumbo shrimp and bakalao (saltfishballs), among many others.

Traditionally paired with beer or wine, it is important to note that tapas are done to order, so they are guaranteed fresh for your pleasure. The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation and fun because people are not so focused solely on eating an entire meal set before them. So, head out to Opa! and broaden your horizons the tapas way.