Tale of the Tape: Verdad

VerdadVerdad (Spanish for the truth), a tapas and tequila bar opens today in Bryn Mawr at the site of the former Carmine’s Creole Cafe.

The Space

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  • Seating for 85
  • Three distinct areas
    • Front dining room by wide opening windows
    • Bar area with banquettes and plenty of leopard print
    • Rear dining is more formal, separated from bar area by wrought iron fence
  • Restored tin ceiling

The Menu

  • Euro-Latin inspired tapas influenced by Spanish, Cuban, Brazilian and Mexican cuisines
  • Chef Nick Farina comes from Bryn Mawr’s Blush
  • Price point is about $35 per person, more if you order a large plate
  • Menu broken down into:
    • Nibbles
    • Soups and Salads
    • Ceviche
    • Tacos y pan
    • Sea
    • Land
    • Large Plates
  • Highlights include:
    • Grilled Octopus
    • Cuban sandwich
    • Black truffle, confit chicken, goat cheese flatbread
    • Halibut in mango mojo
    • Short Rib in port wine reduction
    • Lobster with Serrano ham and corn
  • Menu (PDF)

The Drinks

  • Extensive tequila selection
  • Tequila flights
  • South American and Spanish wines by bottle and glass
  • Six beers on tap including Dogfish Head and Weyerbacher

818 W Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA

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  • Kate

    I give it three months. Bring back MARBLES!!!!!!!!!!! These specialty type places are not right for the area – sorry but I don’t see many of the college kids choosing to go there on a Friday for date night. Marbles or Teresa’s II.

  • Kara

    We went for dinner last night and it was very good. We were both happy with the drink menu — Malbec for me and Dogfish Head Midas Touch on tap for him — and hope to try a flight of tequila next time we go. The food came out quickly and was delicious. After only one appetizer (figs stuffed with brie) and and three shared plates (black truffle flatbread, kobe tacos, and fish tacos), we were stuffed, but that didn’t stop us from getting dessert…the most delicious churros I’ve ever had! We’ll be going back soon with friends.

  • Mainline Resident

    I have been at verdad MANY times since it opened. My favorite dishes were kobe beef tacos, short rib, and sea bass. The happy hour prices were also extremely attractive to myself and work staff who spend our days within 5 miles radius. My recent visit, 3/14/10 was horrible. To note, the best dish which I boosted, the Kobe Beef Taco was replaced by an over spiced, soft taco something which lacked ALL the elements we loved about the dish. Imagine Osteria suddenly discontinued the Margarita, the entire purpose of going there. I would rank that decision on part of the owner as “HORRIBLE” at best. The short rib, my second fav, was over oiled and poorly prepared on this Sunday night. This was overall the worst dinner i have ever had at what I thought to be my new home. I would think twice about going to Verdad now under the present conditions.