Whenever I've walked past this restaurant in the evening, it's always jam packed with people queuing just inside the door for a table (sadly, no reservations). Finally got to try it out this week and turned up at 5.30pm when there were still a number of tables free. By the time we left 2 hours later, the bar area was packed and there were around 6 people waiting by the door.
The tapas were delicious. We tried the wild mushrooms on toast with manchego and truffle oil, mature sheep's milk cheese with quince jam, the croquettes and a platter of chorizo which was a daily special (two kinds of snack size sausages, one being blood sausage, and then two kinds of thickly sliced chorizo, one made using red wine so it was very succulent). I had a glass of the Sila 2009, which was wonderful. Everything made me want to go to their Borough Market shop and buy an armful of their products to take home :)
Service was prompt, efficient and smiling. There's no strict turnaround time for tables, though as soon as we let the waitress know that we weren't going to be ordering any dessert or coffee, she cleared the table in the twinkling of an eye.
A few quibbles:
- It would be nice to be able to reserve at least some of the tables, but failing that turn up as early as you can unless you're prepared to wait
- The tables are quite close together, so it was a bit of a squeeze to get out afterwards without knocking anything over on the neighbouring table
- The music was a little on the loud side, but not so much that we had to shout at each other
- The ladies' toilet doubled as a storage space for some furniture. The items weren't in the way, but I thought they could have been stored somewhere else
Our "light" meal ended up being around £60 for two, so not cheap but would definitely return.
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