Having established Barrafina as one of Soho’s no-bookings hotspots, Sam and Eddie Hart have opened a younger sibling – this time in Covent Garden. The new venture occupies a high-ceilinged corner site with wraparound windows, and should strike a familiar chord with fans of the original: at street level there is a long marble bar, complete with around 30 stools and an open kitchen, while the self-contained downstairs area will be given over to private events. Barrafina’s long-time executive chef Nieves Barragán Mohaco is overseeing the menu, so expect a mix of classic plates, fresh seafood, more contemporary riffs and top-notch Spanish wines – plus some new ideas from the Josper grill. The majority of tables are available on a first come, first served basis, although unlike Soho, this branch does accept bookings for groups of eight or more in the private dining room. The new site "improves on the experience at the big sister", says one reader.
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