Spanish food retailer ‘A Taste of Spain’ is celebrating one year in Dublin by opening a new Tapas bar in its Camden Street store and launching an online shop selling all its favourite Spanish food and wine.
Cordoba native Teresa Calvo and her Irish husband James opened ‘A Taste of Spain’, the first Spanish food shop in Ireland, on Capel Street in 2020. This was so successful they followed with a second store on Camden Street last year. The shops sell traditional food found in a typical Spanish supermarket as well as speciality meats, cheese and wine. All of these products are now available for delivery nationwide from its new online store www.atasteofspain.ie
‘A Taste of Spain’ on Camden Street is celebrating one year in business and has just opened a Tapas bar. ‘La Taberna 60’ is open upstairs in the store from Thursday-Sunday and serves authentic Spanish tapas including Patatas Bravas, Gazpacho, Pisto, Empanada, Croquettes and Spanish Omelette. All dishes are freshly made by a Spanish chef on site and regular entertainment is provided by a Spanish guitarist.
The two ‘A Taste of Spain’ stores stock traditional Spanish supermarket foods including childhood favourites such as Cola Cao and Bitter Kas along with paella rice, pates, soups, canned food, bean stews, crackers and nuts. Gourmet products including homemade croquettes are particularly popular along with Iberian meats and a wide range of cheeses, wine and cava. Paella pans and olive oil based beauty products are also available.
Teresa Calvo came to Ireland ten years ago to improve her English. While working as an architectural technician she met her husband James and they now live in Dublin with their four children. When making paella Teresa realised she could not get the ingredients she wanted anywhere in the city so she decided to open a Spanish food shop.
“My father runs an olive farm and since I moved to Ireland my parents regularly sent me boxes of my favourite foods from home. When I was entertaining for other people and wanted to cook paella and other Spanish dishes I simply could not get the ingredients here. There was definitely a gap in the market so myself and my husband decided to do it ourselves and we are delighted with how successful it has been.
Spain is the most popular holiday destination for Irish people so they are very familiar with Spanish food. Since opening we have found that Irish customers love to buy the meats, cheeses and wines they had on holiday. There is also an extensive Spanish community in Ireland who come in to buy the foods they had growing up. I’m delighted that fans of Spanish cuisine all around the country can now buy their favourite food from our new online shop and have them delivered to their door. We are also very excited about our new Tapas bar, it has a small menu of great tapas and creates a lovely casual dining experience in our Camden Street store.”