Concrete Jungle (+ Balcon By Tapavino Review!)

Ah midweek dinner invitations. They can be so tricky to dress for! I wanted to show you what I wore for one of these just recently as well as give you a review of the amazing new Spanish tapas restaurant in the city,Balcon by Tapavino. First of all, what I wore. I’ve been addicted to this maxi dress all summer – it is the perfect dress for a fancy night out, a casual weekend lunch and everything in between. I love to wear it with flat sandals for day – it’s what I wore on this occasion at work. Then I changed into these gorgeous wedges for dinner. Easy enough, right? I think the trick to nailing a midweek dinner look is versatility. Pick up a dress like this one – easy to dress up, easy to dress down – and you’ve got a winner! Florals are a good choice – I’ve linked a whole heap down below…

{Dress: Kachel, Wedges: Kate Spade, Tote: Kate Spade, Lips: Clinique Almost Lipstick ‘Black Honey’}

Now onto Balcon… This place is seriously so good. If you love Spanish fare you will loveBalcon by Tapavino. The menu is huge – you’ll have a pretty tricky time figuring out what exactly you want to order (which is always a good thing). We started off with their Spanish version of an Aperol spritz made with a hint of grapefruit for a deliciously tart tang.

Next up, tiny little pork cheek sliders. The meat melted in your mouth and buns were soft and deliciously sweet, almost like brioche but not quite. The most perfect slider I’ve ever laid eyes on.

A squid and mussel salad with witlof, fennel and mint. So understated and delicate with just a bit of a kick at the end of each mouthful.

Basque-style black angus steak with romesco sauce. This was probably the standout dish. The steak was unbelievably tender – such a good cut. And the sauce was just fingerlicking good.

The most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth salad I’ve ever tasted – shredded savoy cabbage, raisins, almonds and manchego cheese. So good that the two times we’ve been to Balcon, we’ve ordered this salad both times!

The ‘flores’ – lavender parfait, vermut rosso granita and honeycomb. This was the most luscious yet delicate blend of flavours – a must for every dessert spread.

Buñelo – Spanish doughnut pieces with coffee cream and jam. These were very much like soul food, beautiful homemade flavours, very moreish.

If you can, head out ASAP to Balcon by Tapavino and get your own Spanish feast!

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