Segovia Tapas Bar & Restaurant
484 Stradbrook Ave Winnipeg, MB
Segovia is a beautiful Spanish tapas restaurant located in the heart of trendy Osbourne Village. I am sure you have already heard of it; and yes, everything that you have heard is true.
Your initial impressions of the restaurant begin outside on Stradbrook as you walk up the steps and come face-to-face with gorgeous dark wooden doors and a stunning view of the restaurant’s name emboldened upon a space just to the left of your view. You can already begin to hear the chatter of the people inside and a brief glimpse through the windows lets you know that it is packed.
Visiting this place at night is an extraordinary experience. Tiny, glowing candles illuminate every table, casting warm shadows upon your plates of food and glasses of wine. Along with small light fixtures hanging every few metres from the ceiling, the restaurant is otherwise mostly dark. Much of the light comes from the kitchen in the evening, but this does nothing to take away from the overall ambiance of the establishment. The lounge contains beautiful rustic wooden tables with an exposed brick wall near the Chef’s working station. Although the tables are small and some very close together, nobody seems to mind and it only seems to lead to new and interesting conversations with neighbours about the food and drink you are trying that night. The dining area appears to be designed with a more of a modern flair, with designed black walls, matte white tables and a silver fireplace. All in all, it is an attractive, warm and welcoming atmosphere that draws you in to have an enjoyable experience.
Now, on to the food; wow – is it delicious. I have had the chance to try a few of Chef Adam Donnelly’s dishes and have never felt disappointed afterwards. Each plate of tapas is overflowing with fresh ingredients and a sexy mingling of flavours that excitedly delight the taste buds, leaving you only with the desire to steal another bite. One of my favourite dishes that I have tried boasts Albacore tuna as the main attraction, with fried peanuts, mint aioli, radish, and Serrano peppers. The fish tasted so fresh and just seemed to melt in my mouth as I took my first bite. Other stand outs include savoury braised short ribs with fingerling potatoes as well as lemon mascarpone filled dates with roasted pistachios and sweet maple syrup.
The servers are also extremely friendly and helpful, even helping to plan out a meal for the ones who sit down in the restaurant and feel overwhelmed after staring at the menu for 15 minutes unable to decide where to begin.
So if you are ever in the mood for tapas, Segovia should be at the top of your list.