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|Address:||Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB|
|Tel:||020 3620 1845|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £74.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 11am-3pm 6-11pm Sun 10am-3pm|
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Perhaps this restauraunt is trying to hard to bring Spanish culture to London. The great melting pot is always open to a new bill of fayre but the British punter expects to be treated with a certain amount of decorum. This tapas emporium falls woefully short of the mark on service and civility. It started with a phone call in the morning asking for a further confirmation and a prod at punctuality. After leaving our drinks venue, the admirable Vino Tecca just across the road we arrived for our reservation at the correct time. We were told quite curtly that our table was not available and that we would have to wait (perhaps a courtesy phone call would not have gone amiss at this point). Wait we did, for a full half hour in the doorway of the said trendy tapas joint. There is no bar area as such, as this is laid for extra covers. Upon asking for our table after the media hora had passed we were treated to an unmannerly grunt from one of the waiting staff. “Well ave you booked?” "Yes". I said. To which he went and checked again with the curt usherette from earlier. “You wait I lay table”. Not big on manners here I thought, “Doesn't cost anything” echoed my mothers advice. Ahhh seated at last in the main thoroughfare how very comfortable. We were then treated to be fair to some reasonable tapas, but hardly anything to write home about. In fact the anchovies didn't taste as fresh as Waitrose own and the Pork romesco looked like it had come out of a home freezer cabinet. Wine not to bad but a very poor liqueur menu. Have these people never been to Spain? One loves a decent drop of something with one's coffee des pues. Tapas is as much about atmos as it is about food. In most Spanish establishments that comes with a liberal dose of laid back culture. Here it's all about pretentiousness and platitudes. To top it off we were not offered any kind of reduction until my wife pointed out that this was the very least they could do. Tapas with attitude? Who needs it?