Taberna De Haro

I love tapas. I love it so much that I had it for my birthday dinner last year in Iceland, and I usually end up in a tapas bar no matter where I go (somewhat similar to how we end up in an Irish bar in pretty much any world city we have ever visited ;))

My two favorite tapas restaurants in Boston are Toro in the South End and Taberna De Haro in Brookline. In my mind, these places could not be more different. Toro is very South End and does a mouthwatering, maybe more modern, twist on tapas you may have eaten before.

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Taberna De Haro is like eating in a friend’s home. It is small, warm, and cozy with incredibly welcoming staff, a great wine list, and is usually bustling and busy, creating a fun, fiesta-like atmosphere.

This past Friday, to celebrate my husband leaving work before 7:00 and the fat that it was still light out at 5:25, we met after work in Brookline for a table full of our favorite tapas.

As always. I started with bubbly Spanish cava. We ordered many (too many) small plates to share:

Queso de cabra (Warm goat cheese with EVOO and oregano on bread)

Gambas al ajillo (Shrimp with garlic and olive oil)

Calamares fritos  (Fried squid)

Papas arrugadas con mojo picon (Canary island potatoes with a spicy sauce)

Sopa Castellana (traditional garlic soup)

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I loved everything, especially the creamy, rich, goat cheese and the hot garlicky soup, which had an egg poached in it. We all know how I feel about bright, runny egg yolks. Mmmm. The only thing I probably won’t order again, and this goes for any tapas restaurant, is the Gambas al ajillo. I am not sure if it is because they keep cooking in the sizzling oil, but no matter where I eat them, the shrimp in this dish are always overcooked and chewy. I have been to a dozen or more tapas restaurants in my life, and while I love the garlicky oil that the shrimp come in, I do not remember ever having shrimp that weren’t a little overdone.

We didn’t save room for dessert, in fact we brought some of the calamari and potatoes home for later, but Taberna De Haro has the most decadent, incredible dessert ever, rich, dark chocolate truffles topped with quality olive oil and sea salt. Probably the most heavenly dessert I have ever had in Boston.

Taberna De Haro is just outside of Kenmore Square, so its not at all far from downtown but feels a little tucked away which makes it more special.

It looks like I will have to eat again at Toro soon to be able to write a comparison post

Toro would actually be a perfect place for a Boston blogger get together sometime soon! Maybe when its a bit warmer out? :)

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  1. Kelly’s avatar

    I have just recently started to get into tapas with my Blue Stove (in Nordstroms) experience. However, I need to visit Brookline sometime soon for the self serve fro yo, so maybe I’ll have to check out Taberna de Haro :)

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Your obsessed with self serve fro yo! I will have to go to that place in Brookline!

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    2. Caitlin’s avatar

      Iceland!? I just had to go and read those posts. That is the number 1 place I want to visit right now (and will remain until I make it there!) And yum, tapas.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        It was one of the best trips ever! So incredibly relaxing and beautiful. I wish we were going again this year!

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      2. Simply Life’s avatar

        We went there last fall and loved our meal!

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      3. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

        When you said Tapas, my mind darted immediately to Tokyo, where my first meal was at a restaurant in Ikebukuro (a young retail and business district) called “Tapas.” You ordered from little computer consoles at the table with a touch screen. There were pictures of the food which was great since I don’t know any Japanese!

        But domestically, tapas are tons of fun. You get to try so many different things, which is probably the best part!

        And PS I definitely notice a garlic theme going on?! Yum, love garlic :-)

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      4. Elina’s avatar

        Our friends had dinner there a few months ago and said it was worthy of their “last meal.” I actually was next door to there last night (at Tatte – my fave) and looked inside. It was kind of dead but I definitely do want to go there sometime. You sound like a tapas expert so if you say it’s good, I believe you :)
        How are your legs? Any plans for this weekend yet?

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          The place next door looks SO cute! I really want to try it out. I am hopeful for Saturday. Doing a lot of icing during the week, and I was able to run 4 miles yesterday mostly comfortably. I will let you know for sure by Thursday, but as of right now I am planning on running 20!

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          1. Elina’s avatar

            Cool. Well I only want to do 7 on Saturday so I’ll keep you company for a part of it :)

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          2. Meg @ Be Fit Be Full’s avatar

            I tried to got to Toro so many times when I lived in Boston but it was always so crowded. Somehow I’ve never heard of Taberna De Haro – looks delicious though!

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          3. Morgan’s avatar

            LOVE Taberna De Haro! They have the most amazing dessert…dark chocolate truffle on a plate of olive oil dusted with sea salt and cocoa powder. amazing!

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          4. Sasha’s avatar

            I love tapas too. And I just checked out your icelandic post. I also did an icelandic post from the food we ate in our trip to iceland (last May). Oh such awesome food in Iceland. I loved it as much as you did there :) Nice posts :)

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          5. sophia’s avatar

            Oh wow. An EGG poached on top of garlic soup? That’s setting off all kinds of crazy and fantastic ideas in my head!!!
            I’ve never had tapas before, bt I’ve always wanted to!

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          6. Maytina’s avatar

            Great post! I’m a little obsessed myself, and both the goat cheese and garlic soup sound divine!

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          7. Heather (Where's the Beach)’s avatar

            How nice “like eating in a friend’s home” that should always be the requisite for a favorite restaurant!

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