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Barrafina

Spanish Restaurant in London
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Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
5
out of 5
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5
£42
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“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”.
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Outside Tables Yes1
Last Orders 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm
Barrafina Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of Barrafina Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Barrafina restaurant.
Jian Wen Chan
Delicious food, friendly staff. Cramped, bu...
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4.5
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Reviewed 1 months, 5 days ago

"Delicious food, friendly staff. Cramped, but that adds to the ambience"

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Robert Marsh
Still right up there and knocks Cal Pep in ...
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4
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Reviewed 6 months, 9 days ago

"Still right up there and knocks Cal Pep in Barcelona into a cocked hat."

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Chris Davies
Great service and atmosphere. Good to see i...
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4.5
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Reviewed 9 months,

"Great service and atmosphere. Good to see interesting sherry on the wine list. Food was good too, especially the razor clams."

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Greg Beeson
Get ready to queue. However the wait is wor...
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4
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Reviewed 10 months, 9 days ago

"Get ready to queue. However the wait is worth it and the engaging staff attend to any drink requests whilst in the queue. At times so loud I could not hear the counter staff describe some of the wonderfully tasty tapas dishes on offer. Don't go if you want intimacy, but do go if you want a vibrant eaterie. Good wine selection and not overly priced."

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Nick Gradel
Not quite the wow factor of previous years,...
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4
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Reviewed 1 years, 9 months, 4 days ago

"Not quite the wow factor of previous years, with food standards dropping a little (not a great romesco sauce, tuna tartar a bit too smokey with too much sesame seed oil). Service while you're queuing is very sharp, but strangely once you sit down at the bar they slow up excessively- takes time to order, dishes pretty slow, time to get the bill, etc. Whilst nice that they don't, they clearly could turn the tables a lot faster! Still good fun."

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The Editors Review

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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