“A serious rival to Cal Pep for the world’s greatest tapas!” – this “high-energy” bar, in the heart of Soho, offers “a true Barcelona experience”; no booking, though, and there are only 23 seats – “you’ve got to be early or lucky to get in!”; late-2012 sees the opening of a spin-off in Covent Garden.
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Its pedigree is encouraging. This is the latest venture from the Hispanophile Hart brothers, whose first venture, Fitzrovia’s modern tapas bar Fino, has rightly met with high acclaim. (Sam and Ed...
Press Reviews (1)
Gills Coren (25th June 2007)
8.75 (meat/fish 8, cooking 8, authenticity 9, water 10)
Giles’s review is a hymn of praise to the “staggering” cuisine at this new – but already much-celebrated – Soho tapas bar. Like a lot of this week’s reviews, there seems to a lot of evocation going on. “Beautiful, golden, wet little eggy tortillas fried in their own pans; sizzling croquetas of cheese and ham, light and savoury and better than I have ever had in Spain (where gloopy cornflour stodge balls are ubiquitous); tiny, foetal little squidlings (described to us as chipirones, although Bob says these were really puntillitas), floured, barely stunned in boiling oil, crispy, furtive, wriggling; the freshest razor clams snapping with life…”. It not just bite-sized dishes either. “There’s all sorts of proper cooking, too; lamb cutlets, grilled quail, sweetbreads with capers, morcilla with peppers, all that stuff.”