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El Pirata

5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ

£41.00 Spanish , Tapas Mayfair, Oxford Street

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  • Wine: £18.95
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Lunch: £15.95 (10 courses)
  • Dinner: £20.50 (11 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-11.30pm (Sat 6pm- )

Square Meal Review of El Pirata ?

A favourite with Mayfair's Spanish community and converts to the new Iberian cause, El Pirata may not be as trendy as some of the young tapas upstarts in the capital, but it does the business by offering speedy service, authentic flavours and very fair prices into the bargain (note the set lunch deal for around a tenner). Staples such as albondigas, kidneys in sherry, grilled sardines and patatas bravas are supplemented by more enterprising daily specials including grilled pressa (shoulder of Iberian pork) or chicken breast wrapped in serrano ham with capers and Albariño jus – perfect with a bottle of Mahou beer, a tot of sherry, or something from the well-spread Spanish wine list. Eat in the lively ground-floor room surrounded by mirrors and Picasso prints, or bag a table outside when the weather's kind.

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  1. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Claire R.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  2. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
    Overall rating:
     
    Someone who loves their food
      Silver Reviewer  (12)

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  3. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Sabrina's Passions
      Gold Reviewer  (93)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  4. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Catherine R.
        (3)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  5. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Chris J.
        (6)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  6. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Michelle S.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  7. El Pirata

    5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ
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    Sarah D.
        (2)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 20th November 2012

    TwelvePointFivePercent :: El Pirata, Mayfair

    So what an abundant pleasure then to discover El Pirata, a sleek and shiny but entirely unponcey tapas bar in, of all places, Mayfair. Pointed in its direction by a pal who works round the corner, dinner date Joe and I spent an extremely enjoyable couple of hours eating great food, drinking nice wine and finishing off with a couple of not-'alf-bad cocktails. Unlike the fancier new-wave tapas joints that have cropped up in recent years, there are no surprises on the menu at El Pirata. All the staples are present and correct - Padron peppers, Iberico ham, croquetas, patatas bravas, champiñones al ajillo - along with a few perhaps less familiar but nonetheless resolutely traditional weekly specials. For the indecisive or, if there still are any, the uninitiated, there are a couple of crazy-good-value set menus. Joe and I decided to take the glutton's way and just asked them to keep bringing us food until we either begged them to stop or passed out...
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