May 11, 2018
Despite the opening of some seriously good Spanish restaurants in London in the last few years, the city doesn’t have the same tapas culture as Madrid or Barcelona. This bar (part of a budding chain with branches in Soho and Notting Hill) won’t change that but it still an appealing option in a street otherwise peppered with shops. The long, narrow room is lined with high stools with a slender bar on one side and some seating space at the back. Music throbs in the background and the room is filled with media types enjoying a glass of cava, a mellow Rioja or a cocktail. The food is somewhat secondary to the drinks but you’d be remiss not to do as the Spanish do and snack on a little something as you quaff your cava. Some of the pairings are unorthodox but the garlicky chorizo and the Serrano ham with quail’s egg are good bets. Save some space for the churros and chocolate.