Our first serious experiences with tapas, those assorted small dishes of savory goodies eaten with cocktails, sherry or sangria, were at Jaleo at the Cosmopolitan and Julian Serrano at Aria. Those are tough acts to follow and we had high expectations for Marbella.
Classic chicken croquetas were crisp on the outside with a creamy béchamel interior, as they should be. The chorizo stuffed empanadas and the carne asado tacos were nicely done.
The highlight of our evening were the very addictive Padrón peppers, small green Spanish peppers flash fried in olive oil and seasoned with smoked Maldon sea salt. No matter what you try at Marbella, don’t skip these not-overly-spicy gems that are eaten by picking them up by their stem, they paired especially well with our paper thin slices of superb Iberico ham.
All of our tapas were beautifully presented and delivered by a friendly, helpful server. Perhaps with a bit more seasoning in the croquetas and empanada fillings, as well as a touch of garlic in the fresh tomato sauce, Marbella could give Jaleo and Julian Serrano some worthy off-strip competition. But that is a minor glitch and with live Spanish music beginning December 3 and plenty of happy hour specials in the lounge, Marbella has the potential to be a popular late night spot for locals.
Marbella Tapas, Bar & Music of Spain
4561 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Website and menu http://www.marbellalv.com
Mon-Tue 4 pm – 3 am
Wed-Thu, Sun 11:30 am – 3 am
Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 5 am