A little culture was called for and that meant a play - but not just any play oh no! One Man, Two Guv'nors at the Haymarket. Loved it; farce at it's best and if that is your thing go and see it now. And before you do, pop into the Andalucia Tapas for a snack.
Older readers may remember the chain Pierre Victoroire, good french cooking on the cheap. Well there used to be one on Panton Street and this either took its place or is next door to where it used to be. Which is going to be helpful for those people who knew where PV was! OK downsides first. I think Tapas is an expensive way of eating "nibbles" and in fact an expensive way of eating full stop. At Andalucia Tapas the main tables are in the basement, though there are three tables for two on the ground floor. So you go downstairs and while the walls are white, the tables have no cloths and it is, to be blunt, a little bit like Parrafin Annie's transport cafe that used to be at the bottom of the A1, before the M1 was built. Yes, I am that old. So nil points for atmosphere.
But the welcome was warm and the prices seemed reasonable so what the heck! And it was good, in fact very good. Prawns in garlic sauce, battered squid, pork kebab and chorizo in red wine. All at about £4 a plate. And when they came to the table they were good portions, not this saucer sized rubbish you get in some tapas bars. In fact with the addition of garlic bread our snack turned into enough that we didn't need supper. Look, lets be hnest this was not Spanish tapas but ana anglo/spanish version and yes some tapas lovers will hate that. No pimentom, not enough garlic or insert your fav Spanish spice here. Well sorry, but I found it just right. Prawns were very good and had lots of garlic, the chorizo was far better than the stuff you buy in Waitrose and the squid was superb. Cooking squid isn't easy; over do it and it is like eating rubber and under cook it and it is like eating rubber. This was perfect and while the mayo was a little bland, it was fine. The stand out was the pork kebab, by far the best pork kebab I had eaten in a very long while. Food 10/10.
So a couple of glasses of white riocca, two very good catalan creme (expensive at £4.95 each but very good) and a couple of coffees later, the bill came to £50. Central London and good food for £50.
The thing is, looking around, there must have been a maximum of 40 covers. They had three waiting staff and at least one in the kitchen. How on earth can they make it pay? I guess they must be going for turnover and tapas is perfect for that, but we were there for an hour and didn't see too much of a turnover, so I do wonder if the business model is quite right and what it most be like on a busy service.
However I can say that we will return and I have found another gem in London. Shame I couldn't tkae a business lunch here.
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