Harden's survey result
“Arrive early to avoid the queue”, especially if you visit the “very busy” original Borough Market branch of this well-known and “consistently good” tapas chain, which “rarely drops the ball and is a safe bet for a swift and enjoyable meal”. Of the other branches, the South Kensington one is very pleasantly located near the tube, with extensive pavement seating: “go on a summer’s day and sit outside, watching the world pass by”.
“Excellent meat from the asador” – a Castilian-style wood-fire roasting oven – “is the main point” at this stylish, but slightly clinical two-year-old off Shaftesbury Avenue (from the Brindisa group), but its other “tasty” tapas dishes generally also get the thumbs up.
A “surprise find up a side street” off Shaftesbury Avenue, this ambitious Spanish yearling from the Brindisa group showcases Castilian-style asador wood-fire roasts. Fans hail both “style and substance”, but there are complaints of “incompetent” staff and “high prices”.
Opinions split on this “ambitious” (and pricey) new Hispanic venture, just off Shaftesbury Avenue, with its “huge central bar”. To fans it’s “a triumphant opening” with “wonderful BBQ meats and fish” (“the roasted whole leg of suckling pig is quite a centrepiece”), plus “super sherries and wines”. “Ragged” service is a repeat complaint however, as is “unexciting” results.
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Mon 5 pm - 11.30 pm, Sat noon - 11.30 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm
Last orders: 11 pm