Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Waltham

Palta Reina Avocado stuffed with Crab, Mango, and Cilantro
This crab salad is actually really good. Better than it looks. The buttery texture and taste from the avocado pairs well with the crab, sweet mango and green taste of fresh chopped cilantro. It’s very refreshing and I imagine it would be good on a hot day when you don’t feel motivated to cook. In other Latino countries, they also substitue tuna or chicken salad and top it with a small dollop of mayo.
Costillitas Pork Riblets with Banana Glaze

Tiny baby back ribs. I’ve had them at a local Cuban restuarant that I love but these were not the same. Not something I’d order again at Solea. The banana glaze was overly sweet for my taste. The meat was tender and fell off the bone however.

Patatas Bravas, Wild, Hot and Spicy Potatoes

 

It’s is a traditional tapas dish in Spain that uses paprika-tomato sauce as a garnish. This one came with an aioli garlic sauce as well. Not sure what is supposed to be so wild or hot about these crisp potatoes though! I guess I’m used to feeling the spice and heat zip up my nasal passages when eating hot food. It was really good anyway.
Croquettas de Queso Goat Cheese Croquettes with Dried Cranberries and Honey

 

This is exactly what a cheese croquette should be. Crisp on the outside and meltingly soft in the very middle. The drizzle of honey and sweetness from the cranberry went well with the tang of the warm goat cheese.
Blood Orange Sidecar Courvoisier, Cointreau, Lemon juice, Blood Orange Juice
I have a small love affair with sidecars and this one was divine. The fresh blood orance juice made this drink very memorable.

Cava Sangria (not pictured) Sparkling white wine with tropical fruit

One of the best sangrias I’ve tried in awhile. This one has mango, pineapple, lime, and orange floating in it. You can drink a pitcher of this and not notice because they go down so easily, but it’s better to share.
I definitely want to take some time to come back and try more traditional tapas dishes. Portions are small as tapas is meant for you to nibble on while drinking. I’ve got my eye on the paella, gambas ajillos (garlic shrimp), octopus, jamon iberico, and the tortilla espanola for next time. This would be a great place to bring a few friends to relax and enjoy the evening air and catch up! A trip for chocolate orgasm ice cream at Lizzy’s across the street would also be a wonderful way to end the night.
Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar
388 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel: (781) 894-1805


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