TapaBar brings the traditional casual Spanish tapas experience to Bethesda with a fresh modern twist! Chef Alonso Roche’s nostalgic, yet innovative vision combines a rich array of both locally sourced ingredients in season and spectacular Spanish imports. The result: clean flavors enriched with delectable Spanish hams, cheeses, and chorizos that keep each dish true to its origins. Chef Roche’s creative flair shines in a Deconstructed Gazpacho Salad; Smashed Beans and Marinated White Anchovies; Farm Fresh Eggs with House made Chistorra sausage and French Fries; Local Porterhouse Pork Chop and Tomato Salad Laced with Truffle Sherry Vinaigrette; and Smoked Octopus with Piquillo Potato Puree.
A true gin and tonic connoisseur, Chef Roche also presents a robust menu of gin and infused homemade tonics, as well as his own signature Sangria recipes perfected during long summer nights in Madrid. All shared in a relaxed atmosphere that evokes Spain’s traditional dining heritage—reinterpreted with just the right measure of bright new surprises.
“Our goal is to allow customers a full meal and 1 or 2 glasses of wine, while keeping the tab below $50,” explains Chef Alonso Roche.
About The Roche Brothers
Chef Alonso Roche started his career as a television producer before pursuing his true passion for cooking. He graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg MD over 10 years ago and has been cooking in kitchens around Washington ever since, including Persimmon Restaurant with Damian Salvatore and at Willow under Tracy O' Grady. He spent 2 years working in Spain, as a Contributing Editor for a Spanish cookbook produced by "El Alambique" a traditional purveyor of Spanish cook wares and was the leading instructor for its culinary school, offering classes in global cuisine. He also worked at Zaranda under Fernando Arellano, a 2 star Michelin chef in Madrid.
Alvaro Roche worked for many years in the fashion industry as a designer, living in Spain, Italy, and France. He founded and was lead designer for his own line of children's clothing and was responsible for its success and growth when it grew to a chain of 150 stores spread out over Latin America.
Five years ago, the brothers co-founded Bold Bite, the acclaimed casual dining spot with locations in Bethesda and Union Station and 202 Donuts which is situation inside of Bold Bite Bethesda. The Bethesda location is next door to Tapa Bar and shares a kitchen and a flexible space that will allow for additional private dining experiences.