Tapas Castile, the most recent addition to the Trinity Groves family, already has people talking. Not that you need Zagat, Texas Monthly and D Magazine to spark your interest in the restaurant’s small, savory dishes perfect for pairing with Spanish wines.
Whether you love the freedom to build your own personal tasting menu or you can’t wait to introduce someone to Castilian flavors, it’s time to meet Tapas Castile.
About the Founders
Executive Chef Kendra Valentine and Front-of-House Manager Jessica Kate-Martinez actually met at Trinity Groves back in 2013, and five years later they cooked up Tapas Castile together. The Texas-born Valentine trained with master butchers in England, but when certified sommelier Kate-Martinez took Valentine to travel the Spanish wineries where she’d had been working harvests, the duo was inspired to bring Spanish culinary technique home to a Texas kitchen. From meatball sandwiches to wood-fired paella to a mouth-watering array of tapas and pintxos (bites on spikes!), there’s something for every appetite.
Peek Inside the Menu
The best of Texas proteins and produce come together with select, ethically sourced ingredients from Spain. Look forward to a farm-to-table menu stacked with the freshest ingredients available, right down to the pickles and preserves made in-house. Start your meal off with a meat and cheese board and prepared to be blown away by Valentine’s whole-animal approach to butchery. Next, let the Local Salad grace your table, and prepare yourself for the Chuleta de Cerdo: a double-bone pork chop with romesco and pear butter.
When to Visit
Tapas Castile opens daily at 5 p.m., so whether you can’t wait to grab some quick bites, have something to toast with your officemates or are celebrating special night with your other half, there’s plenty of time to settle in on the patio, wander through a few courses, relax and watch the sunset. You might even follow the lead of Tapas Castile’s founders and invite a future business partner out to dream about what could be over a bottle of Spanish wine. And if you’re still hungry for more, don’t forget to keep your eyes open for new lunch hours, coming soon.