Harden's survey result
From its first branch, on Great Portland Street, which opened in 2007, these “buzzy”, “authentic” and relatively stylish Spanish tapas-haunts have grown into a national chain, boosted by their “consistent standards, fair quality and sensible prices” (although “service is a bit uneven”).
“A decent Spanish option (but it won’t blow your mind)” – these “welcoming and buzzy tapas bars” remain “the kind of places one can linger with friends in true Hispanic style” (but perhaps lack the pizzazz of the brand’s early days), providing “cheerful” (but “uneven”) service, and “reasonably priced” (but slightly “formulaic”) cuisine.
“I don’t know if they’re really all that special, but they’re terrifically enjoyable” – so say fans of these “vibrant”, contemporary Spanish operations, whose City and Canary Wharf branches are “good for business”.
Fans of these “bustling” modern venues say “they offer a genuine taste of Spain, unrecognisable as part of a chain”. And that was probably true once, but with expansion they seem more “hyped” and “impersonal” now, although they can still make “a decent fallback”.
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