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You stand at the bar or perch on a stool at this buzzy and accomplished tapas outfit, which has its feet firmly rooted in Spanish soil (you'll find no fancy fusion riffs here). The dining room is simply dressed in dark woods with glossy white tiles and hanging hams, while the market-led menu changes daily and runs the gamut of Spain's greatest hits: duck-egg yolk seeps over oily patata a lo pobre (slow-fried potatoes with onion and pepper), truffled goats' cheese is well matched by almonds and honey, and crisp pork jowl crackles within a rich fabada bean stew. Alternatively, indulge in a few slivers of jámón Ibérico de Bellota or some Spanish artisan cheeses while working your way through the accessible, all-Spanish wine list (all available by the glass). There's a lengthy gin list to evoke that authentic Spanish vibe with large, flavoured G&Ts, while a selection of 15 sherries and London-roasted Volcano coffee also ensure everyone leaves suitably refreshed. Note: there are no reservations at dinner.
Copita is a Spanish tapas bar in Soho and has long been on my list of places to visit. So when I was arranging a lunch date with a friend we decided to go here. True to it’s Spanish roots, Copita has tapas style bar stool seating with dark wooden furnishings and huge legs of iberico ham proudly hanging from the ceiling. We promptly pulled up a stool by the window and ordered a couple of glasses of red wine before making our tapas selection.
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On Friday, I ventured to Copita on D'Arblay Street instead, where we got crazy lucky with a table outside at 19:30 without a wait - it was extremely busy though, and I heard the wait thereafter was up to an hour. Moral of the story therefore, as with so many places these days, get there at a good time, take a risk and/or be prepared to stand around with a pint (or copita!) while you wait.The menu is so perfectly non-pretentious and easy, and despite my love of patatas bravas, I was actually pleased to see some really alternative small plates on offer - all the staff were Spanish too, which always seems like...
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Spanish tapas is a well established cuisine in the UK. Since the expansion of cheap package holidays to southern Spain, the imported knowledge from these trips makes us familiar with old favourites like pollo ajillo and patatas bravas.It’s taken restaurants like nearby Barrafina to bring more unfamiliar dishes like chipirones and morcilla to the attention of British tapas fans.
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I think I owe the Spanish nation an apology. I’ve been ignoring their fine cuisine for years now, most unfairly, so here it is: sorry, amigos, I’ve been a dick.It isn’t entirely my fault. I blame the Milton Keynes branch of La Tasca and its terracotta bowls of greasy chorizo that, in our youthful ignorance, my little mates and I mistook as representative of the entire Spanish nation. I didn’t realise until now just how much La Tasca had subliminally tainted Spanish food for me, but last night Mike and I ended up in Copita after an hour of the usual tedious song and dance of finding somewhere – anywhere at...
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