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72-74 Lombard Street
The ground floor of Lloyds Bank's former headquarters is the setting for this "impeccable" Spanish aristocrat – a beautiful space with lofty ceilings, glossy tiled floors and an imposing central staircase. Antlers and framed prints
add to the air of a noble old hacienda, soft lighting tames its potentially intimidating vastness and the "upmarket tapas" is spot-on – thanks to the presence of high-flying chef Marcos Morán. Graze on hand-carved acorn-fed Ibérico ham or crujientes de quesos (crunchy toffee-flavoured filo pastries stuffed with cheese) before tackling the roast Segovian suckling pig, braised oxtail with roasted onion and pine nuts or perhaps baked cod fillet with chickpeas and jellied spinach. Champagnes aside, the wine list is an all-Spanish affair, with some classy (and pricey) Riojas to tempt City palates. Service is "ever improving" and there's a definite buzz about the place nowadays that wasn't quite there when it opened.
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72-74 Lombard Street
Bank Tube Station 61m
Fenchurch Street Station 94m
Bank of England Museum 88m
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Food + drink: 4
Very attentive staff, accurate service and advice by people who seem to like the food they serve. A good experience, exactly the same food as the one you could expect in a Madrid tapas bar. I enjoyed the fact it was true Spanish food without any “foreign” influence.
Food + drink: 1
Maybe i caught the guys on a bad day but to paraphrase the blessed Oscar – to get it wrong once is unfortunate but to get it wrong as many times as they did is just plain careless! We started out sitting at the counter (which we had reserved) in front of the bar. We arrived in good time for our 1pm reservation but it took twenty minutes for our waiter to bring one of my guests the drink we ordered; when he did come he had forgotten to bring another drink we had ordered at the same time; he apologised profusely and, as an excuse, said that there was only one barman.
We didn’t get to order food until 1.35pm despite trying to catch someone’s attention for about 15 minutes and then as we were waiting for our food, we were asked if we would like to move to a table; I didn’t really want to move but it was put to us in such a way that it was was kind of ‘look guys we need you to move’ so we did.
The food we ordered was average at best; the Calamari were overcooked and the Albondigas cold. The Merluza was delicious but the waiter took the plate away whilst we were trying to eat the peppers!! To add insult to injury one of my guests (who is a vegetarian) ordered a green salad and was given a tuna salad. We had virtually finished our meal when his green salad eventually arrived at 2.20pm and he had to leave at 2.30pm
When we left I spoke to the head waiter and she kept apologising but it seems to me they are trying to do too much with too few staff and we suffered as a consequence. to add insult to injury I wrote to them about our experience along similar lines to this and they could not be bother to reply – nuff said, as Oscar would not say!
I had not been in Hispania recently and coming back , I promised , that would revisit my first initial rating.. as it was good then but now even better.. I am HAPPY to put my thumbs up! Hispania and its outstanding food is now consolidated in the City!
The food is superb and very creative, from the hands of a Michelin Spanish Chef, its quality ingredients, impecable execution, presentation and most importantly, this remains to give the right of reasons to come back from a foodie perspective! – as I can try new things.
Hispania has tapas, but also allows to choose mains in the menu.. sometimes I miss this in some Spanish restaurants in London. Finally, it has great and varied selection in the wine list . Athmosphere remains great. Overall, I think is a well priced restaurant in London.
Staff is very kind and polite, perhaps some more eye contact… and my mark will be “excellent” !
Congrats Hispania team from World-wide foodie!
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