It seemed like for the longest time the only place downtown to go for Spanish tapas was La Bodega and quite frankly, it may be past its prime. Then came along the Sardine Can in Gastown for something on the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
Espana offers new world tapas in a chic but relaxed setting. The restaurant is on the small side with limited seating, but this adds to the cozy atmosphere. They have a wide selection of Spanish beer and wine and a extensive list of daily specials. We ordered several dishes including the chorizo plate, octopus, blood sausage, beet salad, ham croquettes, braised shortrib, and maybe others that I am forgetting. All of the food was fantastic and I was left pretty full with no room for dessert.
At around $45 dollars per person including liquor, tax and tip, I found the value to be quite reasonable especially considering the quality of ingredients. The service was very friendly and prompt. The manager (possibly the owner?) was also very friendly and ensured that everything was to our satisfaction.
Overall, my experience was great and I would definitely return.