For years you would have been hard pressed to find some choice cold cuts, let alone an olive in the Big Mango, but those days are now far gone and tapas bars have joined the gourmet foodie rage that is sweeping the City of Angels. Bangkok now boasts scores of nice cozy spots to unwind over some fine wine and traditional Spanish tapas. Places like Spanish on 4, sister establishment to Sukhumvit's Tapas Cafe, serve up great tapas treats like Iberian ham or Manchego cheese to go alongside of a selection of wines from around the Mediterranean. Cute El Chiringuito has plenty of atmosphere and authentic Spanish pinto tortilla. For something a bit more elegant, try out Rioja's, where the paella and cochinillo roast suckling pig are as refined as the dining room and decor. Other very elegant newcomers on the Bangkok tapas scene include Taburete, which has some true gourmet standouts like tuna tataki served with roasted paprika, pan fried leeks, and red pepper sauce, topped with black olive paste and balsamic reduction sauce, or the suave El Lugar, featuring tapas of smoked salmon with candied lemon. Some of the best tapas in town are to be found in fancy hotels, such as the aptly named Tapas y Vino in the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit or Bistro M at the Marriott Executive Apartments, both of which offer some great free flow wine and all you can eat tapas specials to keep you stuffed for days.
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