Bar A Tapas Tapeo
By YP Contributor

Tapeo: Tapas and Friendship

Tapeo is more than a tapas bar; it's a project of two childhood friends —  Sébastien Muniz and Victor Afonso — who since the age of 14 have dreamed of working together on a culinary adventure. "As teens, we even opened a joint account to fund our project!" says Victor.

When they got wind in 2004 that a space was freeing up in the Villeray area, they didn't hesitate for a second. "Except Villeray was not a neighbourhood where people went out; we had to find a good concept," says Victor.

Largely influenced by their Iberian origins — Spanish for Sebastian, Portuguese for Victor — it seemed obvious to open a tapas bar. "It's convivial, easy to share and still not over played," says Victor.

We feel privileged. We wanted to find a way to give back to the neighbourhood that welcomed us. - Victor Afonso, co-owner
Tapeo owners Victor Afonso, Sébastien Muniz, along with Marie-Fleur St-Pierre and Pedro Oliveira, welcome you to their restaurant.
Tapeo owners Victor Afonso, Sébastien Muniz, along with Marie-Fleur St-Pierre and Pedro Oliveira, welcome you to their restaurant. Photo by Jimmy Hamelin

An Authentic and Delicious Menu

Marie-Fleur St-Pierre quickly took the reins of the kitchen at Tapeo and under her guidance, the menu reflects daily market arrivals and varies with the seasons. "After 12 years, we've seen a lot of dishes pass through, but we also have some that have been here from the beginning," says Victor. He's referring specifically to the timeless beef tartare and the vine of tomatoes, served with goat cheese and basil oil. "Heated, it's an explosion of flavours!" he says, and mentions the restaurant's slogan: simplicity at its best.

And the trio doesn't skimp on authenticity. Whether it's from La Vieille Europe, La Librairie espagnole or local producers, each product is carefully chosen. "For example, we use real jamón, the Espelette pepper, but also Spanish saffron."

The wine list, developed by Sebastian, is no exception. Exclusively Spanish, it fits perfectly with the menu.

The menu at Tapeo reflects daily market arrivals and varies with the seasons.
Sitting at the bar at Tapeo or at one of the tables with stunning views of the open kitchen, everything has been designed to create a warm space.

Giving Back to the Neighbourhood

Tapeo charms by the quality of its products and its relaxed atmosphere. Expanded and renovated in 2008, the establishment is always full; sitting at the bar or at one of the tables with stunning views of the open kitchen, everything has been designed to create a warm space.

It didn't take long for Sebastian and Victor to turn Tapeo into a popular destination, where residents of Villeray and other lovers of good food mingle. In 2014, they upped their game by opening another restaurant two blocks away, the Mesón (Inn in Catalan).

The same year, the two friends wanted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tapeo in a grand fashion. "We feel privileged. We wanted to find a way to give back to the neighbourhood that welcomed us," says Victor.

So Sébastian and Victor set up the Tapeo Fund for Villeray Urban Design to finance community projects, powered from the profits generated by the tapas-of- the-month, created by Marie-Fleur. Among the achievements supported by Tapeo to date is the beautiful public square at the corner of Villeray and Lajeunesse, as well as the green street between Henri-Julien and Drolet. Now those are two excellent reasons to go for tapas!

Located in Villeray, Tapeo is a must-try restaurant for lovers of tapas and Spanish cuisine.
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