Carmen Bar De Tapas

Ever since I started working at my new work place my new colleagues had been raving about tapas at Carmen‘s and just wouldn’t stop banging on about these so called blue cheese croquettes. The sad thing was that every time they mentioned these blue cheese croquettes they’d just zone out and start to dribble, I had to find out if all this hype was bad taste or whether they were onto something good.

01ce8baa3b35113dc0ab90de2f52141b0c91bd9534

So off we went on a school trip to Carmen Bar De Tapas one glorious summer’s evening with a nice walk round Old Town Clapham and Clapham Common, so romantic. It is a wonderful area I must say and I will be exploring more of this place over the next few months I hope.

019c427e67a10eb1ef4ced0a9c01834e71fbef6f8f

Carmen Bar De Tapas is tiny and family owned, which I love. Not the best idea to go with a large group of people, especially loud people like us who are so un-pc.
016765a1092a38b7a4aeb65961b6c7694d9260a216

0106b388408e90e27b9183261637b17559d39cc170

The menu is so easy to read and the waiter/owner is there to guide you through everything. We ordered three dishes each and just had a free for all and shared everything which is the kind of experience I love. You really get a sense of closeness like family when you share dishes and being an Asian I’m well up for that.
01023a973feda7c8c13b233068ed0204b231578d1f

018b040afa5a0fa1ecd35b644e8b5ff9888e0232cd

I’m sorry but I didn’t take pictures of everything as I got stuck in the moment of stuffing my face with this delicious food. The Blue Cheese Croquettes were AMAZING. Oh dear god, the party on my tongue, I’m salivating at the thought of it. So soft, so creamy and so morish! I could have eaten 100 of those. They come with a carrot chutney which is to die for.
010dcaebf626255dfc30562ebb4dfb4f8164b70dd4

01d7e705e28ffa2ce5608a2d2775959e54fcb750fa

My god we had 21 dishes between us so I’ll just name some of my faves. The beef stuffed peppers coating in cheese was lovely, the meat was flavoured with tomatoes, herbs and spices and topped with a mountain of cheese. The baked aubergines were another fan fave with béchamel sauce and again topped with a mountain of cheese.  The tricolor salad was lovely and refreshing and the mozzarella just melted in your mouth.
014dfcfc7cf74b36f09087cbcfc595e9d06ef945ab

We ordered some potatoes with garlic aioli and may I say it has to be the best aioli that I have tasted in a while.
01be4fce44b07e484b7a0bf6fa4630e8ef137e9ba2

The service was impeccable and we polished off every bit of food. Definitely go with the restaurants recommendation of three dishes per person as it’s a perfect amount. I must bring Elena here soon. Love, love, love this place and love my team for bringing me here.

Top tip: get the Blue Cheese Croquettes without a fail.

Avoid: the prosecco. It is not the best pairing for tapas.

Carmen Bar De Tapas
6 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA

Advertisements

One thought on “Carmen Bar De Tapas”

  1. I’ve always wondered what this place is like – thanks for the post. Hey if you ever need any advice on where to shop, eat, play, entertain friends on a budget, then just let me know. I’d be happy to help :). LW x

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s