Solun Restaurant in Woodbridge specializes in “Tapas”, so I thought it would be fitting to talk about the history of this concept that has become very popular over the past few years. The word “Tapas”means “lids” in Spanish, and refers to a slice of bread being used to cover the top of a wine glass to prevent fruit flies from getting in the wine. “Tapas” are snacks, canapés or finger food and come in many different forms. It has evolved somewhat with Gazpacho and Pella also offered, as well as Manchego and quince paste, flan, and tres leches cake.
Solun Restaurant opened in March 2012 and now, 3 years later, has become a well established and very popular Tapas location in the community. Solun owner Carlos Hernandez has quite a success story to share. In 1987 he came to the East Coast at the age of 17 for a vacation from Guatamala. He decided to stay for a while and began working in the restaurant business, washing dishes, cooking, waiting tables, managing and perfecting his abilities as a chef. The popularity of the Spanish Mediterranean cuisine was the inspiration for Solun Restaurant/ Bar/ Tapas. Carlos decided to open his latest venture in the town of Woodbridge. He felt the town definitely had a taste for this type of food and would support the “Tapas” concept. The location needed Carlos’s magic touch to get that special feel of an authentic Spanish restaurant, where the traditional and the modern fuse in a coherent way including adding a beautiful horseshoe shaped bar.
While old word concepts are kept, they use new techniques, reflecting the new culinary revolution where flavors and aromas play a very important role in the creation of their dishes. Solun uses only the highest quality ingredients, Certified Angus beef and fresh local produce in the preparation of their meals. They also offer many gluten free & vegetarian dishes, along with homemade pasta. Solun’s mission is to provide the hospitality, innate in the Spanish culture, with quality food and friendly, professional service, along with talented and creative Chefs. The cozy bar is great for a dinner or just a cocktail. Open 6 days –Tuesday-Thursday- 11am-9:30pm – Fri & Sat 11am-10:30pm –Sunday -10:30am-9:30pm)- Lunch Tuesday-Saturday – Dinner Sunday-Thursday – Brunch Sunday from 10:30am-3:00pm – Bar open late. – Live Music-call for nights– Reservations accepted – All major credit cards – Plenty of parking – Handicapped accessible – Family and kid friendly with many choices for the little ones. The main dining room can accommodate private parties up to 56 and the smaller area seats 30 or catering off premise. Follow them on Facebook: “Solun Restaurant, Bar & Tapas” for updates on offers and musical artists. Upcoming events include a “Four Regions Wine Dinner” Thursday, February 5, 2015-$59.00 per person & a special Valentine’s Day menu-Saturday February 14,2015 featuring a 3 course dinner and live jazz for only $48.00 per person.
SOLUN RESTAURANT/BAR/TAPAS – 245 Amity Road (Route 63) Woodbridge, CT Phone – 203-298-9741 – Fax – 203-298-9743 – website: soluntapasbar.com
Final notes: Make a visit soon to this charming and cozy “Tapas” restaurant in Woodbridge. Carlos and his professional staff will make your dining experience very special, offering exceptional food, outstanding service and ambiance. He has come a long way since he left his family and birthplace 27 years ago. A true success story! I have been doing this column for 9 years and Carlos is truly one of the nicest restaurant owners I have ever met. Please remember to support our local family owned businesses. If you have a favorite restaurant e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.