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Part of a wave of traditionally breezy Spanish eateries that turned the West End into a rather delicious barrio, Copita is as accomplished and popular as ever. The name translates as ‘little glass’, but with numerous sherries and affordable Spanish wines to sample, the ethos here is ‘little and often’. Such an offering cultivates a congenial mood as punters perch on wooden stools amid tile-clad walls and glowing candles. A daily changing list of tapas might include anything from crisp, gooey mushroom croquetas or pizza-style coca bread layered with soft roasted peppers and duck egg to scallops dolloped with cauliflower purée and chorizo. In similarly trendy vein, you might also find bao buns, playfully stuffed with silky Ibérico ham and spiced pepper sauce. To finish, nibble on a caramelised custard tart – paired with a copita of light Moscatel, naturally. Service is smiley and prices are fair, making this a welcome pit stop.
Copita is a Spanish tapas bar in Soho and has long been on my list of places to visit. So when I was arranging a lunch date with a friend we decided to go here. True to it’s Spanish roots, Copita has tapas style bar stool seating with dark wooden furnishings and huge legs of iberico ham proudly hanging from the ceiling. We promptly pulled up a stool by the window and ordered a couple of glasses of red wine before making our tapas selection.
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On Friday, I ventured to Copita on D'Arblay Street instead, where we got crazy lucky with a table outside at 19:30 without a wait - it was extremely busy though, and I heard the wait thereafter was up to an hour. Moral of the story therefore, as with so many places these days, get there at a good time, take a risk and/or be prepared to stand around with a pint (or copita!) while you wait.The menu is so perfectly non-pretentious and easy, and despite my love of patatas bravas, I was actually pleased to see some really alternative small plates on offer - all the staff were Spanish too, which always seems like...
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Spanish tapas is a well established cuisine in the UK. Since the expansion of cheap package holidays to southern Spain, the imported knowledge from these trips makes us familiar with old favourites like pollo ajillo and patatas bravas.It’s taken restaurants like nearby Barrafina to bring more unfamiliar dishes like chipirones and morcilla to the attention of British tapas fans.
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I think I owe the Spanish nation an apology. I’ve been ignoring their fine cuisine for years now, most unfairly, so here it is: sorry, amigos, I’ve been a dick.It isn’t entirely my fault. I blame the Milton Keynes branch of La Tasca and its terracotta bowls of greasy chorizo that, in our youthful ignorance, my little mates and I mistook as representative of the entire Spanish nation. I didn’t realise until now just how much La Tasca had subliminally tainted Spanish food for me, but last night Mike and I ended up in Copita after an hour of the usual tedious song and dance of finding somewhere – anywhere at...
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