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Opened November 17th, the Soho branch has moved from Frith Street to nearby Dean Street

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Summary

“I’m never happier than perched on a stool here, watching the incredible food being prepared!” – The Hart Bros have fully captured the zeitgeist with their “thrilling” small foodie meccas in Soho and Covent Garden – “truly exciting, vibrant London experiences” founded in “some of the best tapas outside Barcelona” (and in particular “peerlessly fresh fish”), “fabulous” wines and sherries, and “empathetic” service. “You wait over an hour for a seat, but it really is THAT good!” Incredibly, the second branch is rated just as highly as the Frith Street original, and to sound in-the-know, remark on how the Josper Oven makes the fish taste even better at Adelaide Street. Can they pull it off again with Branch No. 3?

£42
Exceptional
Exceptional
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Our hands-down favourite, even with the nightmare queue!”; the Hart brothers’ tiny Soho bar dazzles fans with its “unfailingly exciting” dishes (“especially the seafood and the tortilla”); the new Covent Garden sibling is likewise a wow, serving “the freshest food, with passion”.

£42
Exceptional
Exceptional
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The best tapas bar in London”“possibly the world!”; “it’s worth the hour’s wait” to nab a perch at this tiny (23-seat) and “too busy” Soho phenomenon, where there’s an “intimacy” to having “incredible” dishes “entertainingly prepared” before your very eyes; a WC2 branch opens in early-2014.

£41
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Barrafina Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Barrafina Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Barrafina restaurant.
Danny P
Not bad, not sure what all the fuss is abou...
Reviewed 9 months, 20 days ago

"Not bad, not sure what all the fuss is about though"

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Katie J
best tapas in town by a long way, everythin...
Reviewed 10 months, 19 days ago

"best tapas in town by a long way, everything on the menu looks so good. Great service too."

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Harden's says...

Barrafina W1

Smart West End places where it's 'all about the food' are all too rare. So it's hard not to warm to this Barcelona-inspired newcomer. Hard-edged and marbled - in Continental-style - the dining room has space for just a single counter, and a row of stools.


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 Eddie are - a rarity for Brit restaurateurs - scions of a family with a decent track-record in hospitality. Daddy Hart owns and runs a number of ventures, including pukka country house hotel, Hambleton Hall.) Their new opening takes for its inspiration a well-known Barcelona tapas joint, Cal Pep.


We'd found it difficult sitting down with a menu rather than choosing by eye, but fortunately, one of the owners took pity on our indecision - clearly a Hart with a heart - and did the choosing. The initial salvo of dishes - a platter of delicate cold meats, a flavoursome and crunchy tomato bruschetta and an extremely well dressed green salad - impressed. Clams and squid - both a la plancha - were also good, as were chorizo-based dishes. Weaker items included rather floury patatas bravas (chips 'n' tomato chilli sauce), and - at the pudding stage - a crumbly and intense chocolate tart eclipsed a surprisingly uninspiring crema catalana.


Bottom line, though: all pretty good. If there is a catch - and we think there is - it's that old chestnut, pricing. A generous (but not gluttonous) lunch for two, with one bottle of wine equivalent, was over £90. We know that costs are way higher in Soho than they are in the back lanes of Barcelona, but even so'


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Opening hours

lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 5 pm - 11 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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