the world of Spanish cuisine to a highly sensory and cultural level. Tapas—a term for light appetizers taken with drinks—begins the dining experience, and the rustic hardwood bar by the entryway promises a dish or two and conversation to warm you up.
Proceed to the dining area for the heavier courses, and be fully immersed in the welcoming and fiercely colorful interiors that are unmistakably Ipar’s. Not simply a reflection of the Chef’s personality and passions, the rooms themselves are a testimony to his journey, replete with pieces literally forming the journey of his life: the authentic parts of railroad tracks and nails from the Miranda hacienda turned into works of art, the Molave-and-Acacia hardwood tables, vivid paintings and ephemera depicting bullfights and flamenco dancers, even a genuine matador’s capa. Ask Chef Ipar when he emerges from his kitchen kingdom about them, and there is a story waiting to be told.
Beyond food and drink, it is an experience. And like a good meal, experience is made divine when it is shared. Harmonizing like the fine and authentic ingredients that are in Ipar’s cuisine, friends and families come together over a generous helping of paella. •