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Vega Tapas Cafe Restaurant Review: Vega Tapas Café was one of the earliest small-plates 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 jumbo Gulf shrimp sautéed in smoky paprika oil. Pan-roasted Gulf fish is served with spicy chorizo cream, while well-seasoned lamb meatballs are paired with an apricot mint glaze. But the pièce de résistance may be the diver scallops on butternut squash purée with balsamic reduction. Nothing beats the tres leches waffle with caramel, candied nuts, coconut, and sweet cream for dessert. 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.