Navarro’s was peddling bodega vibes, peasant tapas & glasses of sherry long before the whole shebang became part of in-vogue Fitzrovia, & it still has a special charge – complete with occasionally ‘mañana’-esque service. In a setting of tiled walls, stencilled white furniture & ceramics, you can pick from an all-embracing menu that keeps it traditional with a vengeance. Among the treats on offer might be ham & chicken croquetas, slices of jamón ibérico, grilled sardines, pickled white anchovies & fresh-from-the-fryer calamares, plus veggie favourites such as homely patatas bravas & salted green Padrón peppers – although some find it all a touch ‘too greasy’. The exclusively Spanish wine list comes complete with helpful tasting notes. Note: tables on the ground floor are preferable to those in the overspill basement.
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