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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Tapas Jigsaw Piece

MTLas Tapas has a drippy candle in a Spanish wine bottle on every table.
Moscow was a one-horse town when it came to tapas bars. Until recently, Tapa De Comida housed the city's one and only. Luckily, this cute little joint on Trubnaya Ulitsa serves terrific tapas with a vast selection of wine -- all for prices that can't be beat. Its tapas selection starts at about 50 rubles a serve and bottles of wine begin at 600 rubles.

But this is a one-horse town no more. Romashka Management, the restaurateurs behind the Piccadilly restaurant and the Molly Gwynn's chain of pubs, has recently opened the Dzhigso entertainment complex -- and hidden away on its basement level is La Tapas.

Now La Tapas is neither a cute little bar, nor does it have a vast selection of wine and its prices sure can be beat. It does, however, have a hefty selection of tapas -- for hefty prices.

There are 37 varieties of tapas, ranging in price from 135 rubles for battered calamari rings or Spanish croquettes with chicken or meat, up to 235 rubles for prawns baked in cheese-cream sauce. There is, however, a list of "accompaniments" with some inexpensive nibbles such as marinated sweet peppers (80 rubles) and battered onion rings (80 rubles). Besides the tapas selection there are also two types of paellas: with seafood (460 rubles) and with assorted meats (475 rubles) and one lone seafood pasta with black cuttlefish ink and tomato sauce (460 rubles).

The wine list is too expensive for a tapas bar, but doesn't stand out given the rest of the prices at La Tapas. The red starts at 1,250 a bottle, 250 rubles a glass, while white is slightly cheaper at 1,100 rubles a bottle, 220 rubles a glass. There are nine varieties of wine in all -- three of them white.

The formal, multi-tiered interior with its dark wood and dimmed lighting suggests that La Tapas is aiming for quiet-date clientele. Given the prices, it certainly seems better suited to special occasions rather than casual drinks and nibbles with groups of friends. Tapa De Comida is the place for that.

6 Smolenskaya Ploshchad, 241-0305, noon-11:30 p.m., M. Smolenskaya.