New Opening: Tapasitas

By Megan Giller  |  October 11, 2013

Chef Parind Vora has quietly relaunched his West Sixth Street Bar Mirabeau as Tapasitas, a global tapas restaurant. The look is much the same, though the décor is a bit classier. The menu, on the other hand, is a departure and a huge improvement. Though it’s smaller than many tapas menus in town (say at Barlata, where the choices overwhelm), it delivers solid options. As for the crowd, the jury is still out. When we were there, a few casually dressed sports fans were celebrating happy hour, but we’re thinking Vora is after a more cosmopolitan clientele. Check out the photos of the new digs and the food below to get a taste of what's in store.

800 W. Sixth St.; 512-436-9633

  • The patio is largely unchanged from when it was Bar Mirabeau.

  • The interior is slightly different, with nicer tables and chairs and plush pillows. We like the cute green leaf place setting on each dark-wood table.

  • The Port of Nola cocktail sounded interesting but ended up being a strange concoction, with cognac, port, Campari, Peychaud’s bitters and a whole egg.

  • Say yes to the sweet roasted beets with goat cheese, lemon and oregano, plated on a stunning white ceramic serving dish. The serving dishes up the restaurant's class factor.

  • The chipotle-glazed salmon skewers come with a side of tasty chimichurri pesto.

  • The mussels were a bit puny, but we liked the chorizo-ham-serrano broth at the bottom, though we could have used more of it.

  • We were excited about the caramelized Brussels sprouts with goat cheese in a vindaloo curry, but the poor plating distracted us.

  • The baby octopus comes with grilled potatoes and a baby arugula salad.