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|Address:||33 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR|
|Tel:||020 7768 0265|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10.15pm|
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Upon arrival Asuncion was very kind and in a second took us to our table with a great smile and lots of welcoming comments. It took a few more seconds to get Marta to offer us water right away and our menus on the table. Sebastien arrived a bit later as to evacuate our doubts as to how many dishes we should take and gave us great help with the wine. We did try a fantastic Fino as aperitif followed by a great Albarino, which was the house one and was a perfect accompaniment for our mostly seafood tapas feast.
They were all very proud of what was served and explained it in great detail. We had Piquilo croquetas, arroz negro, oxtail on toast, scallops, razor clams, salted cod tortilla and we finished with a Santiago Tart and Poached cherries with chocolate mouse. While it all kept the traditional Spanish way, there were some add-ons lie the sauce of the scallops cooked to perfection, the while piece of squid contrasting with the black rice and the creamiest croquetas I ever tried in my life. Marta told my wife that the Santiago Tart was going to e unbelievable and nothing like any other we ever tried, while she also told me that it would be unfair to choose between my dessert and the tart as both were absolutely ravaging… she was right …
Service was superb from A to Z. If I would have to criticize something, I think giving two slices of bread per portion is a bit too much on the low side. The ambiance was a bit cold, but the service and the food more than made up for it. I will go back. When I was leaving I had a quick chat with Asuncion who introduced me to the barman too… he was the kind of guy that could be an ambassador to a country as to how he “defended” the restaurant.
While we had the house white and a fantastic glass of Rioja for my oxtail, the wine list was one that would need explanation to most non Spanish people as many of the wines there are not the best known… but having gone back to see what they got on offer, it is the best of the lot.
Décor is quite nice. I loved the more traditional black and white pictures at the bar upstairs, plus a great modern painting of a squid in the main room.
Prices… well… not cheap for tapas… with three glasses of house wine and a glass of Fino we spent 63 £ per head service included. The experience is worth it, even fi for a special occasion.
Hats off to Jorge (chef), Sebastien (Manager) and all the troop who make sure that those superb dishes get to their destination in fashion, and with an educated smile!!! I will go back.