Starting this blog with my fellow writers (and friends) has really been a great experience. It challenges us to find new and exciting restaurants so that we can bring our experiences to our devoted readers, but it also allows us to share our favorite restaurants with the people who are interested. Now, I have been to Tzin a total of three times: the first time, my companion and I thought that we could just casually walk in and get a table but we were sadly disappointed. My second attempt was much more successful as we made prior reservations and we had a great dinner with good wine. This was my third encounter with Tzin Wine and Tapas, which is roughly the size of my bachelor's apartment and houses no more than maybe 25 diners. Knowing how busy Tzin can be, we decided to make reservations a few weeks in advance to ensure a spot.
Upon entry into the restaurant, we waited in the front foyer (literally one step away from a dining table) for about five minutes until a hostess came and greeted us. She told us that it would be a few minutes as the other diners were just about finishing up and our table would be ready soon. Looking around, Tzin has a very modern appearance with many paintings and pictures on the vibrant red walls. As we sat, the waitress periodically checked up on us to see if we had decided on drinks or food. A few of us decided on some drinks and we decided on five tapas. With the waitress's help, we chose the braised bacon with apple compote crostini, the wild mushroom and spinach tart, grilled scallops with bacon and onion relish, grilled flat iron steak and the seafood paella. The waitresses were very bubbly and had a nice warm personality to them, something that I had become accustomed to on my last visit at Tzin (the waiter gave us free wine to sample before we made our selection - his theory was that you shouldn't pay for wine that you don't enjoy!).
|Braised bacon with apple compote crostini|
|A warm wild mushroom & spinach tart|
|Grilled Scallops with a caramelized onion relish|
|Grilled Alberta Beef Flat Iron Steak|
|Seafood Paella for Two|
Overall, the hostess did an amazing job at explaining each dish to the point that I wanted to try all of them. She was very helpful, friendly and efficient. The dishes were spaced out a bit too far apart for my liking (as there was 15-20 minutes intermissions), but it was somewhat understandable as it was a full restaurant. At the end of the night, I wasn't too full and I wasn't too hungry; it was a good amount of food but it helped that there were periods in between each dish to allow me to digest. The atmosphere at Tzin was very modern with a nice cultural feel, but since each dish is ~$20 and since it is a tapas restaurant, Tzin is definitely not a place you would go to fill your belly full.
Top pick of the night: Braised bacon with maple and balsamic apple compote