With its “perfectly-cooked” tapas, “brilliant” Iberian wine and “characterful” staff, the Hart brothers’ “clubby” Fitzrovia stalwart is “still going strong”; despite the basement setting, its “large, well-populated bar” helps create “a real buzz”.
Keep your own review of Fino using our diary service.
The critic visits the recently re-opened tapas joint and finds owners Sam and Eddie Hart “the warmest of hosts” (which contributes to the crowded basement’s “clubby feel”). On the food front, “[i]t’s the quality of the produce that shines through as messing about in the kitchen is kept to a minimum and the flavors are all about the integrity of the ingredients.”
AA Gill (11th May 2009)
A surprise panning from Sunday’s most-read critic for the Hart brothers’ Fitzrovia tapas bar, recently relaunched. The ham was good, as it should have been at £18.50 a plate, but the tapas were “familiar in a boring way – a bland omelette, phlegmy croqueta, tough cutlet, penile razor clams”. (Don’t they always come that shape?) “The trouble with tapas is that it comes in fits and starts, you forget what you ordered, it’s never enough, then, all of a sudden, it’s way too much. It’s deceptively expensive and it doesn’t measure up to the sum of its parts.”
Jasper Gerard (6th April 2009)
Visiting the Hart brothers’ relaunched Fitzrovia tapas bar, the critic remarks that it “doesn't look like a tapas bar”. He find it offers “decent value for the quality”, and notes that it’s “packed” too.
Marina O'Loughlin (25th March 2009)
Having mused on the current travails of celebrity chefs, the critic decides she likes the hands-on involvement of the Hart brothers in this Fitzrovia tapas restaurant, recently relaunched. Their involvement leads you to feel “like a treasured customer, not a groupie”.