If you hang around in 3 Tapas long enough, the recorded flamenco music is turned off, Jose gets out his guitar, the waitress starts singing, and you'll believe you're back in Spain.
3 Tapas is a modern, friendly bar arranged on two levels: a bright space behind the windows, with large wooden tables for groups of 6 to 8, and a balcony area with bar style seating and a food display cabinet.
If you just want an apero, red rioja and sweet sangria are available by the glass, served with large, juicy green olives. Hungry diners like us can choose from reliable versions of tapas that are chalked up on blackboards: we went for patatas a la brava topped with garlicky mayonnaise; croquetas with fondant centres and crisp, salty coating; boquerones marinated in vinegar with parsley and presented in their own little glass jar; and albondigas in a grainy, mustard sauce.
But for a really luxurious taste of Spain, order a large platter of iberico bellota: glistening slices of nutty ham, chorizo, and salchichon, and triangles of manchego cheese served with olive jam, perfectly complemented by a bottle of organic Vina Ijalba Solferino, fruity and slightly oaked.
Owners Jose and Fafa run La Bodeguita at Place d'Armes as well as 3 Tapas, and have brought a taste of real Spanish warmth to Monaco.
- dishes of tapas, 3 euros each
- platter of iberico bellota, 22 euros
- pavement terrace available