Take a Spanish culinary journey with the newly opened TIPICO ESPANOL
Well, it’s time to ditch Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisines, because Spanish fare is in town! TIPICO ESPANOL, a first-of-its-kind Spanish restaurant, is faring well owing to its authentic taste. Citadel explores the gastronomical journey of a wholesome
Lo cat edin the bustling locality of Lullanagar, ‘Tipico Espanol’, which connotes ‘ Typically Spanish’, serves a wide array of authentic Spanish delicacies that are delicious, mouth-watering and appetizing. On stepping inside the restaurant, I was greeted with a warm smile, and then ushered to the seating arena; where the wooden tables and chairs are evenly laid out to minimize the space crunch and also to provide comfort to patrons as far as the seating arrangement is concerned. It’s a welcome change from the run of the mill restaurants that serve Continental or European cuisines. Ranesh Perumal, proprietor at Tipico Espanol, who hails from the city, developed a liking and passion for Spanish cuisine when he moved to Spain many years ago. In order to further his passion, he decided to start a Spanish restaurant in Pune. Soon, he launched Tipico Espanol, the only Spanish restaurant in Maharashtra. According to the restaurateur, the sole purpose of the restaurant is to serve rich original avours from Spain that are scarcely available in India. Prior to the launch, Ramesh, Spanish Chef Ralph and Chef Sushil, who is now the Head Chef of Tipico, carried out extensive research on the Spanish delicacies before serving it at the restaurant. The menu comprises of unique and classic Spanish dishes that are hard to resist. I must appreciate the carefully drawn menu; the dishes have exotic Spanish names with their translations and there are loads of options for vegetarians too, which are delectable and tempting! As for the ambience at Tipico, it has contemporary interiors and the space appears as the replica of a fine-dine restaurant. Besides, the fancy open kitchen adds beauty to the place as a whole. Discussing Spanish cuisine, Chef Sushil shares, “We at Tipico import ingredients such as, spices, sauces, olive oil, rice, etc, from Spain itself, because we are of the opinion that any delicacy that is served to a patron should be rich in taste and flavour.” Starting with the food tasting session, I had the Blue Lagoon Mocktail and the Classic Virgin
Mojito that were a perfect start to the food journey and it also refreshed my palate. Although they served only mocktails, the place will soon have their own bar as they have applied for an alcohol license. After enjoying the rst round of mocktails, I was served the traditional starter ‘Pan de Ajo’ (Garlic Bread) which is a popular starter dish amongst patrons. It was perfect and was served with four luscious dips. Continuing with the starters, I tasted ‘Gambas al Ajillo’ (garlic shrimp) that was served on my platter. The shrimp was well cooked and the rich taste of garlic, hot peppers and olive oil were combined to perfection! Thus, I recommend all prawn lovers to taste the Garlic Shrimp of Tipico. Next, I was served ‘Croquetas de Pollo’ (Crispy Chicken Balls) that were high on taste, especially the outer crispy layer of chicken balls deserve appreciation. Also, the chicken ball had mashed chicken inside it, which was well-seasoned. After partaking the delicious bowl of Croquetas de Pollo, I had ‘Pisto Manchego’, that was prepared by Chef Sushil. It is a Spanish dish typically from the region of Murcia. One may not find this on the regular menu, but I insist you ask for this one as it is worth trying; and yes it is purely vegetarian. It had a tomato base with impeccably cooked exotic veggies like zucchini, squash, broccoli, mushroom, bell peppers, onions, etc and was served with a fresh loaf of seasoned bread, which was yummy too. Personally, I would particularly recommend this dish as it is one of a kind and rich in flavour.
Speaking of the main course, I savoured one of the Paellas, which is a rice pot lled with goodies. I had the ‘Paella de Pollo y Verduras’ (Chicken and Vegetable Paella), which had rice, chicken, bell peppers, kidney beans, tomatoes, garlic etc, all cooked in pure olive oil and garnished with freshly cut pieces of orange, which made the dish visually appealing. The best part about this dish was the rice, imported all the way from Spain; they puff up more than normal rice so as to add more authenticity to the dish. No wonder, their dishes are so authentic! As for the pricing aspect, Tipico is moderately priced, except the Paellas that are high on wallet. However, the taste and quality of the dish justies the cost totally. Besides, the restaurant serves a variety of Paellas and one must try one, as it is a traditional Spanish dish. In addition, the restaurant also has a wide range of sauces similar to Indian curries that can be savoured with rice or bread. After having tasted most of the dishes on the menu, I bade farewell to the chef and his staff members and thanked them for all the hospitality extended towards me and providing the original and rich taste of the Spanish fare. With regard to space, the restaurant may not be spacious enough, but won’t fall short in making you feel comfortable. It is a perfect dining place for all age groups, right from students to families can enjoy their wholesome meal and witness a unique culinary experience. All in all, Tipico Espanol is a must visit restaurant for every foodie who enjoys exploring different cuisines!