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43 Drury Lane
The West End is slowly becoming a Barrafina barrio with this 23-cover site joining Barrafina Soho and Adelaide Street – and as far as we’re concerned that’s no bad thing. Siblings Sam and Eddie Hart have sprinkled Michelin stardust over the former site of Osteria Dell’Opera, replacing Italian with their trademark Spanish tapas, red leather bar stools and marble-topped counters. Choose from new dishes such as piquillo croquetas alongside the Barrafina favourites, and a daily specials selection. Highlights on our last visit included pan de coca generously layered with intense slices of anchovy and sweet roast pepper, soft morcilla topped with golden-yolked pheasants egg and the crab bun – soft brioche stuffed with moist buttery crab meat in a bisque-like sauce; so good you’ll want to order another one straight away. Spanish staples such as chorizo tortilla are flawlessly executed, while a short wine list boasts the Hart brothers’ own brand of manzanilla sherry, as well as a cracking Spanish selection that’s pretty much all available by the glass. As ever, expect to queue for those first-come, first-served seats. The private dining room, with room for 28, is one option for those who hate to wait.
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43 Drury Lane
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Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5pm-11pm Sun 1-3.30pm 5.30-10pm
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Food + drink: 3
It’s safe to say that Barrafina is one of the best tapas spots in town. All the tapas were similar to the ones you would have at any good tapas spots in Spain, in terms of flavours, presentation and cooking style. However, be prepared to wait in long lines to get in - we arrived at 5:30 pm and waited for half an hour to get in, but people who came after 6 pm generally had to wait for 1 to 1.5 hours to get in.
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