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Summary

“The wait can sometimes be twice the time spent at the counter”, but no-one seems to mind at the Hart Bros kick-ass small group of Barcelona-inspired tapas haunts in Soho (now relocated to the ground floor of Quo Vadis) and Covent Garden. “The buzz is amazing” and, having nabbed a perch (fewer than 30 in each branch), everyone “loves the open kitchen and watching the keen staff at work”, while the dishes themselves are genius – “fresh seafood is amongst the highlights” but “even something as simple as tomato bruschetta is transformed here”. (So far, the February 2017 departure of founding group exec head chef, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, to found Sabor, has had zero effect on ratings – the new incumbent is Angel Zapata Martin.)

£43
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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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”.

£42
Exceptional
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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?

£42
Exceptional
Exceptional
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£42
Exceptional
Exceptional
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Barrafina Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Barrafina Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Barrafina restaurant.
Adrian g
Always worth having the day's specials...
Reviewed 1 months, 3 days ago

"Always worth having the day's specials"

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Martin B
Simple Spanish food, but fresh and carefull...
Reviewed 1 months, 26 days ago

"Simple Spanish food, but fresh and carefully cooked. Seafood especially good."

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Roger B
Terrific!...
Reviewed 7 months, 30 days ago

"Terrific!"

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Brian D
A superb experience, really outstanding....
Reviewed 11 months, 4 days ago

"A superb experience, really outstanding."

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Nigel S
Another great visit to Barrafina, the speci...
Reviewed 11 months, 20 days ago

"Another great visit to Barrafina, the specials were particularly good this time."

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Alistair S
Excellent varied and delicious food though ...
Reviewed 11 months, 25 days ago

"Excellent varied and delicious food though can get a bit backed-up due to popularity, though watching the chefs at work makes it very bearable. Always buzzy though sometimes a bit cheek by jowl."

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