Don’t let the slightly amateurish website fool you. Solea (388 Moody Street, Waltham, MA) is a classy restaurant and tapas bar. The restaurant is very large, but is divided into several more intimate sections. Service is friendly, and the food is great.
The large beef empanadas are delicious:
Lamb meatballs are tender, served in a yummy truffle cream sauce. They are probably one of my favourite tapas. Scallops are also served in a cream sauce, so you can fill up quickly on the tapas – pace yourself!
Broccoli and cauliflower fritters are a nice alternative to fries. They are fluffy, bread-y croquettes; the presence of the cruciferous veggies is very subtle.
Pimiento de Piquillo (Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Piquillo Peppers):
One of the less satisfying tapas is the lobster raviolis. They are underwhelmingly plain and don’t have much filling – but I feel this way about the lobster ravioli served at most restaurants.
The Lomo de Buey a las Frutas entrée is to die for. The melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin dish, served with sides of fries and sautéed beans, easily serves two (or more, if you’ve already indulged in many tapas). The unique flavour of the cream brandy sauce is addictive, and the figs and apricots complement the beef perfectly. I will return to Solea just for this lomo!