Dublin is alive with new eateries popping on every street corner and some not so fortunate to stick around...Lastnight however I visited a new tapas place that will definitely be taking up permanent residency. Las Tapas de Lola is a little Spanish haven nestled on a corner on Wexford Street beside Against the Grain.

My friend and I arrived at peak time at 8pm and for a Tuesday night this place was bustling with every table in the house full with happy chatter.  The decor is quaint and homely, outlined with green tiles, soft lighting and some interesting wall hangings.

We were greeted by joint owner Vanessa Murphy who showed us to our table. She brought with her tasters of their own version of Sangria which made for a nice little touch. The menu was extensive offering a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian tapas as you’d find in any tapas joint. We were feeling in the meaty mood so went for the Navarra Sausage and the Meatball (notice the singular). This Meatball entitled Bomba de la Barceloneta was not what you would normally expect, instead wrapped in mashed potato and lightly fried. Both were delicious.

For wine enthusiasts you will not be left wanting and this little place would be ideal for a nice glass of wine on a fine summer’s evening, I’m sure we’re due one soon...

This place is big on customer service, you almost feel at home. As a treat they produced a little tuna dish in the mix. We also ordered spinach and chickpeas (trying to get the greens in), Spanish Omelette and Catalan Bread with grated tomato and extra virgin olive oil. The meal as a whole was thoroughly enjoyable, with the dishes being introduced at intervals so we didn’t feel overwhelmed, or piggish!