El Pirata De Tapas

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Any tapas joint whose offerings include roasted figs with cheese foam and crispy ham or octopus carpaccio with mandarin caviar can claim to be something a bit special. And El Pirata de Tapas – sibling of Mayfair's El Pirata – is certainly that. Executive chef Omar Allibhoy trained at world-famous el Bulli, so expect ambitions beyond the usual tortillas and Padrón peppers. The best way to experience his talents is through the tasting menu (a snip at £25 per head), which promises such treats as seared scallops with earthy onion purée and pork roulade or an outrageously buttery Basque dish of cod pil-pil with garlic and Spanish chilli. The place mixes ‘bustle' with ‘elements of sophistication' in the shape of suave grey walls and wall-to-ceiling wine racks, with top-notch sherries by the glass and ‘friendly' Iberian staff adding to the lustre.

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  1. El Pirata de Tapas in Notting Hill, sister restaurant to El Pirata de Tapas Mayfair, came to fame when Gordon Ramsay named it one of his ‘Best Spanish Restaurants in the UK’ in 2010 on his Ramsay’s Best Restaurant TV programme. That recognition belonged to a time when El Bulli trained Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy...
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  1. El Pirata de Tapas in Notting Hill, sister restaurant to El Pirata de Tapas Mayfair, came to fame when Gordon Ramsay named it one of his ‘Best Spanish Restaurants in the UK’ in 2010 on his Ramsay’s Best Restaurant TV programme. That recognition belonged to a time when El Bulli trained Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy was still the head chef at El Pirata de Tapas (co-incidentally Allibhoy had also worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant under Jason Atherton prior to taking over the reins at El Pirata de Tapas). These days Allibhoy is busy with other ventures such as his books and Tapas Revolution with the current head chef at El Pirata de Tapas being a Julian Gil.
    El Pirata de Tapas is a comfortable looking restaurant and is suitable casual in keeping with the many other casual eating options along Westbourne Grove. The restaurant serves a modern tapas menu, a throw back to the days of Allibhoy...
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  1. I don’t think I’ve encountered anyone who doesn’t love indulging in Spanish tapas. If you do know that unfortunate soul, please bring them to my site and I’ll gladly covert them with my reviews of Opera Taven, Iberica and this one of El Pirata Detapas.
    El Pirata Detapas offers a vast number of Spanish sharing plates executed elegantly, with innovative, modern twists. It is the sister restaurant to ‘El Pirata in Mayfair and it’s located on Westbourne Grove.
    The décor is cosy and vibrant with sleek dark tables and seating. The staff have been prepped to know their stuff, but love what they do and that is reflected in the near to faultless service (end it’s always busy)...
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