This Bar Los Diamantes was just as busy as the other we visited but had a different vibe. The people were packed around the bar and at the shelves across from there. Near the entrance were a couple high top tables and the people at the bar would just pass the drinks and food over to the guests that were further than the arm at the bar could reach. It was a symphony of service from the bartenders who kept the small beer glasses floating in an ice water bath and pulled them from there to fill your beer from the tap. They were filling and passing as fast as they could move. It was lively and friendly and really fun. Also the tapas were all really good. This place like the other Diamantes, specializes in seafood and it was all remarkably fresh and perfectly cooked.
Our first tapa was a plate of Spanish rice. The nicely runny rice was accented with vegetables including artichokes and bit of meat. It was well seasoned and wonderful.
Next were fried baby anchovies. They were tiny and well flavored, fried to a perfect crisp.
Next was a plate of mushrooms with garlic. They were just your average button mushrooms but they sure didn’t taste average. The mushroom flavor was deep and the garlic a perfect enhancement.
We asked about what the Gambas (prawns) Pil-Pil were and it turned out that we ordered them in the process. Nothing costs that much, so no problem but be careful. The shrimp came out bubbling in a garlic and herb oil. They were peeled with the tails removed so not hard to eat. They were amazing. Perfectly cooked, sweet shrimp loaded with rich garlic flavor. Yum. Along with the shrimp were a couple rolls to dip in the flavored oil.
Our free tapa for that round was a plate of large mussels that came with a wedge of lemon. They were lovely.
Our last bit was a chilled salted shrimp in the shell. They were fresh and wonderful. This place gets my highest recommendation.