Stage Small Plates Wine Bar
Ray Creurer and I went to the Belfry Theatre to see Where the Blood Mixes a great new play by Kevin Loring- a fantastic production. Just down the street from the Belfry is Stage Small Plates Wine Bar. Stage is a small place, about 50 seats I would think and, as the name suggests, they specialize in wine and small plates to keep the hunger pangs away. It’s a really pleasant atmosphere in an old heritage building that has been very tastefully restored. There are the old brick walls and lots of ultra modern touched. It can sometimes become a bit loud though. I guess people are starting to respect the fact that tapas are Spanish and if you are going to call a restaurant a tapa bar, you really should honour the Spanish tradition.
Of course there is nothing really to compare with a tapa eaten on the street in Seville. Having a tapa in Victoria just isn’t the same. ‘Tapa’ literally means ‘top’ or ‘cover’ and comes from the tradition of bars putting a small saucer on the top of your drink, possibly to keep it fresh or to keep the flies out. And then, on the saucer they started to put a little snack. And so the tradition started.
Stages does a great job with their Canadian interpretation of a Spanish classic. In fact, these aren’t really tapas in the Spanish tradition: they are small plate menu items. Instead of a full meal on a plate, you are served a delicious appetizer portion. And boy were they delicious. We had Organic greens with olive oil and lemon, Lamb merguez sausage with houmus and cumin harissa, Duck confit with caramelized caraway wine syrup and lemon cabbage, Crispy fried local octopus and for dessert, I ordered Crème brulee.
Stages is a bit of a distance from Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast so unless you feel like a walk (a bit less than an hour I estimate), I'm afraid that a vehicle is necessary.
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