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Vega Tapas Cafe Restaurant Review: Vega Tapas Café was one of the earliest “small plate” restaurants in the city, focusing on a pan-Mediterranean theme. Influences and traditions appear mixed, seemingly at random. The result is eclectic, but imaginative enough to court even the most discriminating tapas enthusiast. Start with crisply fried Louisiana oysters with jamón serrano and a basil Caesar dressing. Pan-roasted Gulf fish is served over a curried couscous studded with almonds, golden raisins and mint, while chicken livers sport a side of spicy tomato jam. But the pièce de résistance may be the diver scallops on butternut squash purée with balsamic reduction. Crèma Catalana (the forerunner of crème brûlée) for dessert keeps faith with the theme. The wine list is an international delight, and diners appreciate the half-price wines on Monday. The owner travels frequently to Spain, an experience that enhances the authenticity of the offerings he adds to the menu when he returns.