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|Address:||62 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NE|
|Tel:||020 7768 6567|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11.30pm (Sat 1pm- )|
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For me this maybe the best Spanish restaurant in London for many reasons.
We had a phone call in the afternoon to ask if we would mind sitting at the bar, having never been before I wasn’t keen on the idea. Now I have to say I don’t think I would want to sit anywhere else. The waiter interacted with us perfectly from behind the bar, making suggestions when needed but without hovering over us or disturbing our conversation. He had the perfect blend of knowledge and discretion. With an impressive selection of wine it was hard to select which one to opt for. Without even being asked the waiter prepares us samples of the wines we were stuck between. We went for a rather fetching bottle of Elias Mora Tinta de Toro Semi-Crianza. At £36, it was a bit more than what we had hoped to spend, but the aroma was rich and fruity and came together extremely well with all the dishes we ordered, and we did order a lot.
We started off with the Jamon Bellota, white asparagus and tortilla followed by the perfect classics ham croquettas and patatas bravas which were superbly done. We had some remarkable surprizes with the unusual but spectacular combination of leek and rhubarb and the delectable smoked duck and red current toast. Other gems include the braised veal cheeks and Iberico pork shoulder, delightful meat with subtle Spanish seasoning. We must have tried nearly everything on the menu as well as ordering 3 portions of the croquettas (one is never enough), each dish more satisfying and surprising than the last. The waiter brought us some samples of their finest Iberian cured meats which was very much appreciated; the nice thing was he seemed genuinely pleased for the praise we bestowed upon each dish. I don’t think the value of meeting a waiter that cares can be underestimated as they are few and far between in London these days.
Sitting close together at the bar made for a very romantic touch to the evening, I almost got lost in the Spanish ambience and charming setting and felt like I was on a break in Barcelona. As well as being blessed with a genius chef and clued-up waiters the whole restaurant just oozes of fun. The dishes are not all recognisable classics but that is the simple beauty of it as everything is superb. This restaurant serves up excitement by the plateful and gives a much needed touch of summer in an otherwise dreary winter.