Harden's survey result
“Just thinking about it is making my mouth water!” – Nieves Barragan and José Etura’s “bustling, casual and friendly” two-year-old, tucked off Regent Street, is establishing itself as one of the West End’s brightest stars: “a guaranteed first-class food experience with a lot of fun thrown in”. “The downstairs bar serves modern tapas, including the beloved carabineros and croquetas. Upstairs at the communal tables, you’ll feast on traditional dishes like suckling pig, cooked in an Asador (wood-fired oven)”. Both locations score a big thumbs up: “not cheap, but what an utter treat to have well-executed, passionate, uncomplicated cooking of Spanish classics in the middle of London”.
Ex-Barrafina executive head chef, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, and José Etura’s yearling off Regent’s Street, comprises both a downstairs floor with tapas counter and a “wonderfully buzzy” upstairs room with shared tables, which revolves around the open kitchen’s asador (wood-fired oven). Both come recommended, with reporters “blown away” by the “delightful service”, “outstanding” food and upstairs the “fabulous experience of cooking right in front of your eyes”. But, while fans predictably say “move over Barrafina”, ratings have a way to go yet to rival their former employer. Top Menu Tip – “finally, suckling pig just like you get in Spain” from the asador.
Nieves Barragán Mohacho and José Etura, who met working at Barrafina (where the former was the executive head chef), have unsurprisingly chosen a Spanish style for their autumn newcomer, which – with additional bar and asador (wood-fired oven), will open in Heddon Street. The ground-floor will feature a fresh seafood counter and an open kitchen producing regional dishes from across Spain, while the upstairs restaurant will focus on the cuisine of Galicia and Castile.
Sabor Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Tapas focussed on seafood with some Spanish sourced specialities. Seats at the bar provided both theatre and delicious bites. Service was bordering on the deliriously helpful. Atmosphere energetic and warm. Expensive though."
"Nice piece of Spain in the middle of London ... Tapas, Cerveza and Rioja in a lively and nice atmosphere"
"Delicious Galician tapas, pigs ears, octopus etc. Crowded upstairs and sat on benches but a nice place for a lunch"
"Lovely place to sit at the bar with a great buzz and attentive service - definitely more comfortable than Barrafina, although I don’t think the food is quite as good. Possibly trying too hard to be different and innovative, yet still very good. "
"tip top! Barrafina with reservations! Top produce served beautifully with love."
"Best to sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. Food always amazing with friendly helpful service. Interesting wine list."
"Given this has a Michelin star I have judged on that basis. We dined upstairs. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Wine suggestion fine. Food is just OK, the desert was fantastic and the octopus authentic. The pig skin was not crispy, the salad lovely but incredibly small and 2 pounds for two slices of bread appalling. Noise levels boosted by unnecessary Musak. So many more restaurants offer better food or value or both. We won't return."
"Casual Spanish dining, but incredible service and extremely high quality food. Giving it the same rating as Core, despite it being a very different type of restaurant, but we left as happy and enthusiastic about what they are doing"
|Wine per bottle||£26.00|
35 Heddon St, London, W1B 4BP
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||1 pm-6 pm|