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“It’s a theatrical experience to watch your food being prepared with such artistic delicacy and loving care” at the Hart Bros’ “rightly celebrated” bars, whose “utterly brilliant” tapas is “better even than in Barcelona”. Despite “a queue visible from the space station” (at W1 especially), the food is “totally worth the wait every time” and the “terrific and very kind” staff add to the “wonderfully dynamic” atmosphere. “Exceptionally, the spin-offs are as good as the original” (each is “subtly different”), but in autumn 2016, change is afoot, as the original Frith Street branch moves site into the redeveloped ground floor of nearby Quo Vadis (see also). Top Menu Tip – “everything is bloomin’ marvellous and fresh, but anything out of the sea most especially so”.
“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?
“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”.
“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.
Barrafina Drury Lane Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Got lucky Monday early evening. Four spaces became free. Tasty food excellent oysters, monkfish, prawns etc. Friendly service and great atmosphere. Fairly expensive but overall worth it."
"Best oyster I have tasted. Excellent battered Monkfish. Outstanding prawns. Wonderful atmosphere with very good and friendly service. Love this place."
"These (no reservation)spanish places are superb. There was a queue at noon and by 12.30 it was full. The menu changes slowly so repeat visits cannot be too frequent although they add 12 specials on a board. Service is delightful and all is explained - you can see what others have ordered and what is cooking. Everything is made to order - our Red mullet fell off the bone, super fresh. Also stuffed courgette, squid and so one all just perfect. Deserts vary - ask the waiter as he will guide you - in our case away from the apple pie to a fried wonder. Wines are good and by the glass- don't forget the Cava. Quick eat place as the stools are not for long meals - outside chairs are much better but it is in the shade..brrr. Prices are OK - about £65 for 2 eating modestly - sharing desert..."
"Great food, great wine, great service - if you can get in that is."