If you're looking for authentic Spanish tapas in London, surely, there can be no better place than a family-run restaurant that's been going for over 30 years? Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante has a great location in the heart of the City, just a few minute's walk from both Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations. But, once inside, you'll forget all about the hustle and bustle of central London, and feel instantly transported by the authentic vibe.
The intimate space is split over two levels, boasting a cosy mezzanine floor. The walls are hued a vibrant shade of yellow, and colourful, flamboyant matador outfits are displayed to celebrate the country's culture. The team are incredibly passionate about sharing their recommendations, especially for the wine list, which is curated from all Spanish producers - so be sure to ask for their advice.
Moving onto the food, and there's a mouth-watering selection of tapas, split up into several sections across a lengthy menu. From the sea, you'll find dishes like octopus sprinkled in sea salt on a bed of potatoes, as well as black Galician mussels with tomato sofrito, chorizo and white wine. While dishes from land include slow cooked beef meatballs in a rich sauce, and tender pork cheeks braised in Rioja red wine with mash.
You also can't go wrong with a traditional Spanish potato and onion omelette, or croquettes filled with wild mushroom and truffle oil, alongside monkfish and prawn or Ibérico ham. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed, though, try the set menu which hasn't changed since 1991 and includes eight dishes with options for vegetarian and vegan diners, too.