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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