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|Address:||174 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0BA|
|Tel:||020 7370 3685|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3.30 6.30-11pm|
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I went to Tendido Cero on a recommendation from a friend at the Instituto Cervantes and can happily say that it is easily one of the best tapas restaurants I have been to in London…and I'm working my way through a few!
We tried the sobrasada pastries – which you don't often find and which were delicious. Tendido Cero has a ‘new’ take on patatas bravas too – rather than giving you chunks of fried potato in salsa rosa or aioli, they serve them cut into small cylinders, scooped out and filled with a creamy sauce – personally I wasn't keen on the texture but my two friends loved them. We also tried their fabada, which is done simply and elegantly, without morcilla or too much fatty ham, and their tortilla, which was cooked almost to perfection – a little runnier and it would have been spot on.
The wine list is extensive and offers something to suit most budgets. We tried the Elias Mora from Toro – which is a good choice if you want a nice mid priced bottle! The kitchen is bustling and there is an opening from the restaurant, which gives the place a nice buzz and demonstrates how attentive the waiters are as they chase up the next dish for their customers.
The decor is all appropriately themed around bull fighting, and we were sat by a large photographic canvas of a Torero's rear, almost exposed following a costume-destroying near miss with a bull!
The service was excellent (from our charming waiter from Salamanca) and our glasses were topped almost without us realising. Plates of food were brought at the perfect pace for us to enjoy each two or three dishes at our leisure, before proceeding to the next.
If you love Spanish food, this is definitely a place you should try (though please note that there were not a large number of vegetarian options)!