Harden's survey result
“High quality, reasonably priced tapas” – “as traditionally Spanish as ever and properly prepared” – alongside an “interesting selection of Spanish wines (many from less usual wine areas)” is the hallmark of this group that originated in Great Portland Street 15 years ago; now joined by branches in Victoria, Canary Wharf, Marylebone, Farringdon and Leeds. “The paella had just the right degree of socarrat” (the caramelised crust on the bottom).
From its first branch, on Great Portland Street, which opened in 2007, these “buzzy”, “authentic” and relatively stylish Spanish tapas-haunts grew into a national chain, boosted by their “consistent standards, fair quality and sensible prices” (although “service is a bit uneven”). Tough times saw the group go through a CVA in the second half of 2020 and the closure of Manchester and Glasgow outlets (leaving Leeds outside the Capital), but all London branches were saved and the formula and management seem to have survived the restructuring.
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.
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"Starters where very good, sadly the paella main course was very average and not cheap"