By Molly Kitamura
I have never interviewed a restaurant owner but I could not resist with a restaurant named Tatau Bistro and their chef/owner, Tonino Valiente just seems so cool. Tatau Bistro is located in Huesca, Spain. They serve mainly Tapas and have just changed their menu. From the photos and reviews I’ve read, it looks and sounds like a refreshing stop with delicious food and a cool atmosphere. Tonino and I managed to do an interview via email, check it out and definitely check out Tatau Bistro the next time you are in Spain, I do not think you will regret it!!
Molly: What is your concept and how long have you been in business?
Tonino: We are a high quality tapas bar and restaurant located in Huesca (Spain) . Our name is Tatau Bistro due to our two passions: Tattoos (Tatau) and Cooking (Bistro)! Everything in our restaurant has something to do with tattoo culture; starting with us, the owners: Tonino is the cooker and he has plenty of tattoos. In fact , one of his arms is completely covered with tattoos dedicated to food and cooking culture.
We opened Tatau Bistro on 2nd August 2012 so the restaurant is only one years old! Anyway , Tonino Valiente, the cook and owner of Tatau Bistro, has been cooking since he were 16. He learned in Barcelona, at Hoffman School (http://www.hofmann-bcn.com/) and has been working on some of the most relevant spanish restaurants since then. After so many years of experience, it was time to start working by himself so with lots of effort he opened Tatau Bistro, a small restaurant that joined his two passions: Tattoos and Food.
M: What was your first tattoo?
T: It is hard to remember as I have so many tattoos. But I think it was a tribal on my ankle. It was the kind of tattoo that you get done when you are a teenager and that you kind of regret later, so I decided to cover it with another one… that’s why I cant show you a pic of that tattoo .
M: When did you get them and who did them?
T: I have been getting tattoos since I was about 16 and I am 33 now so you can imagine! I have been tattooed by many different artists.
M: Do you have any memorable or funny stories about getting tattooed?
T: Well every tattoo has a story somehow… Now I remember an evening, when I was a teen, walking around the streets in Barcelona with my bro Ray. We just came by a Tattoo Shop and without any special reason we suddenly decided to get a “brotherhood” tattoo, so we entered that Shop and we got that tattoo… it says, “Bloodbrothers”, we both got tattooed the same lettering and on the same wrist, so it is a really special one for me.
M: Do you have a favorite tattoo?
T: I like most of them a lot, but there is one that has a lot of meaning for me. I am left-handed so my left arm is all covered with food and cooking related tattoos. On the top of this arm I have tattooed a tribute to Auguste Escoffier (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Escoffier) the master of modern cooking. This really means a lot to me, it is inspirational.
M: Who are some artists you’ve been tattooed by?
T: All my tattoos have been done in Barcelona. My favorite tattooers and in fact the ones that have tattooed most of my body are Dani Soriano and Toni Delgado. You can see their work here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Way-Tattoo/111699335617388?fref=ts
M: Why do you think the tattoo and culinary industries are so similar?
T: Somehow we both, cookers and tattooers, are artisans; we both put our heart and soul and knowledge on what we tattoo or cook for the clients, and they are the ones that enjoy the final result of our work.
Tonino, muchas gracias!! Que muy interesante!!
Here is a recipe that Tonino wants to share with all of us, read on and try it!!
Jaegermeister oxtail with pumpkin and goat cheese
Reduce the Jaegermeister liqueur and caramelize the pre-cut tail.
Cover with white bouillon (chicken stock), flavor, and simmer.
Decant the tail and bone it.
Correct the seasoning and add goat cheese brunoise, put into a mold and cool.
Strain the cooking liquid, degrease with red wine and make a demi glace then reduce and stir in butter.
Add salt and set aside.
Crush the Pumpkin , mix it with butter and flavor.
Caramelize the pumpkin seeds.
Ratione the already cold tail, and then heat it to 150 ° C.
Prepare for the mice en place the sauce, the puree, the caramelized pipes and the cheese brunoise.
You got it!
Thank you again, Tonino!! If you have any questions about this recipe or have anything you would like to share, tag us on IG or send us an email!!
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Have a great day!!