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|Address:||23 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS|
|Tel:||020 7836 3680|
|Price: £50.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £76.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -3pm)|
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
My new No1 for dinner with friends in Covent Garden. We managed to try most dishes on this modern tapas menu between us and I'll be back to try what we missed. Meats were most successful, with high points for juicy pork belly on cannelonni beans (complete with crackling). Surprisingly some of the more run-of-the-mill dishes were the tastiest: deliciously gooey-on-the-inside tortilla was a hit. Specials of the day really were special with ham croquettes and fried courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese and drizzled with honey still making my mouth water. Given the more experimental nature of the tapas there are a few misses: patatas bravas were presented with “originality” but looked more like chips to me and fish croquettes were just a bit too richly fishy. After such wonderful mains, the desserts came as a bit of a disappointment: we managed to order every single one so we can say with some authority the chocolate pud was the best but the others were a bit bland (we couldn't really identify what the cheesecake was made of and the panna cotta with orange sorbet ended up being a slushy mismatched combination) so spend your stomach space and your pennies on the mains. Good wide-ranging wine menu with plenty of dessert wines too. This is a great place with a group as you get to try so many dishes, but if you are in a couple ordering a limited number of dishes take the advice of the staff who are well-informed, helpful and not afraid to give their own opinion on what's best (but without being pushy). I thought the atmosphere upstairs matched the buzz of downstairs where we had pre-dinner drinks, although be warned the tables are close together so not a place for an intimate conversation. We each had several glasses of wine and came out stuffed with delicious food after a very pleasant, unhurried evening; the best £51 I've spent for a while.