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It’s pretty obvious that this teeming, no-bookings tapas joint was modelled on Spain’s finest bars (Barcelona’s Cal Pep is the obvious influence) and the details are spot-on – from the marble counter and paper serviettes to the authentically long wait for a seat (“well worth it”). But, judging by the way tiny Barrafina is performing these days, we reckon it could teach its Spanish progenitors a thing or two about cooking great food. Most of its many regulars give the menu barely a glance, instead homing in on specials of soft white asparagus with nutty romesco, salt cod brandade with squid-ink sauce or impeccable ‘carabineros’ prawns, before throwing in some “old-school” favourites for good measure – perhaps prawn tortilla or perfect ham croquetas. Indigenous grapes and “fabulous sherries” take the succinct, all-Spanish wine list to another level, while staff are “true Spaniards who know what they’re talking about” according to one impressed visitor.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Louis Roederer Wine List of the Year 2014The Hart Brothers’ wine list is suitably compact and no-nonsense. A dozen whites, 12 reds, a rosé, three cavas and six sherries is your lot. But nearly all the wines are available by the glass, and for such a short list there’s an impressive mix of ‘safe’ and ‘cutting-edge Spanish’, particularly in the whites. Clear, accurate, supremely easy to navigate and spot-on for its purpose.


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  1. Published : Monday, 2 February 2015

    Eat With Steph :: Barrafina * | Eat With Steph

    Being around since 2007, Barrafina was one of the newly awarded Michelin star restaurants in September 2014. Unconventional, there aren’t many Spanish tapas bars around with a Michelin star rating, and despite what you might think, a restaurant awarded with a Michelin star rating isn’t a decision factor for me at all when it comes to reviewing a meal. This was a restaurant sought out by word of mouth and therefore a visit was beckoning…

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  1. Published : Monday, 26 January 2015

    KOJO London :: KOJO London: Barrafina: Worth the wait

    Before I left London for a few months, Barrafina had long been on my list. I had heard amazing things about the top-quality tapas from other bloggers so I knew that when I was back in London, Barrafina would be the first place to visit.

    After visiting the Christmas markets in South Bank with my equally quirky companion, I headed back to Soho with great haste in order to get there early. You may be thinking, "why would I want to get to a restaurant early?" One possibility is that I may be rushing to attend some event. The other possibility is the combination of a no-reservation policy and a small seating...
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  1. I went to Barrafina with a couple of friends for lunch over the weekend. We arrived at 12.40, not realising it didn’t open until 1pm on Sundays, but there were already some people checking out the menu. They left and we wondered whether we should do the same. Barrafina has been on my list of places to try for the longest time and I had heard good things about it, so I was keen on waiting. It was good we did because it wasn’t long before more and more people started arriving and taking their place in the queue. We were the first in the door and as Barrafina only has 23 seats, an unlucky few who were queueing ended...
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  1. Barrafina Frith Street opened to critical acclaim in 2007 following on from the success of its sister restaurant Fino, both of which are owned by the restaurateur brothers Sam and Eddie Hart. 2014 proved to be a great year for the pair, with a second branch of Barrafina opening on Adelaide Street, also to critical acclaim, and the original Barrafina on Frith Street winning a Michelin star.
    As most Londoners know, Barrafina Frith Street is a tiny establishment. There are 23 stools which line the L-shaped marbled bar. There is a no-booking policy which means that at peak times diners can expect to wait for at least...
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Essential Details for Barrafina Soho

  • Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £44.00
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £65.00

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