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“Great Tapas Restaurant”
Review of El Pirata Detapas - CLOSED

El Pirata Detapas
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Notting Hill
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great Tapas Restaurant”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

My husband & I visited here to try the tapas menu. It was a very unassuming shop front - we had absolutely no idea that it was a Gordon Ramsay restaurant until we read the sign as we went in.

We ordered four tapas plates to start with. The oxtail, pork belly, scallops and fig dishes. The standout was the oxtail, followed by the pork belly. Absolutely divine.

We thought we were still a little peckish and ordered three more plates - tuna, croquettes and squid. These dishes were also good, but the croquettes were very rich. As soon as we had one croquette each, we knew we should have ordered only five plates - the first four plus the tuna. That would have been perfect.

After seeing someone else's paella, we wish we'd also tried this dish, but it would have been too much to try with tapas dishes for two people.

The only criticism I would make is that I was looking for a fresh vegetable option to cut through some of the fried dishes. I would have loved a plate of steamed broccoli and snow peas.

Service was fine, but could have been a little friendlier. Overall we really enjoyed the meal and would return if we were in the area. Fairly well priced for a restaurant with a Michelin star recommendation.

Thank Michelle323
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English first
Ijmuiden, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“nice food, get new staff!”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

from the outside it didnt look like anything much, when I saw on the sign that is was Gordon Ramsey's I was rather surprised but decided to go in because of it. We were seated in the basement, which was fine because the atmosphere was really lovely and romantic. Our main problem was the staff. they were quite rude and uninterested, it was obvious that they didn't want to be there and it made us feel uncomfortable. A part from that, the kitchen was in the basement too, and you could hear every little bang which was rather annoying when we were trying to enjoy our meal. the food itself was very nice, very well presented en good amounts but the staff was so offputting that I wouldnt go there again.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Chloe2e
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“El Pirata Detapas, Westbourne Grove, London W2”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We went for the tasting menu. The food here has always been excellent, but this time it seemed even better than on previous occasions. The tasting menu was well judged in terms of quantity, and every round of the 6 courses offered something unusual and interesting. We went with friends, who are excellent company (including perhaps Notting Hill's funniest racconteur) and perhaps due to this, the hurried nature of the service became very noticeable and slightly annoying. It was compounded by a cardinal sin - the rest of us having our plates removed during one round while my wife was still half-way through her dish. Overall, I'd give it 5 for the food and 3 for the service, hence the 4-star rating. It was a Friday night, so perhaps the service might be calmer at lunch or evenings earlier in the week.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank west_london_foodie
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very average, if not disappointing”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

The service was good but the food we had (the £21/person degustation) - had too many carbohydrate dishes and nothing really that special, lots of average tapas like croquettes, patatas aioli, bread, deep fried squid (yawn!) - the pork belly was delicious and there was a mousse with endives which were all used up before even a third of that dish was eaten.
I will revisit the mayfair one again because it's more fun and I will just be more careful to read the menu rather than taking the 'easy' option of a 'menu' which was sorely disappointing.

Visited April 2014
Thank Jo E
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Darwin, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Spanish in London”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We've been to many Spanish restaurants all over the world and El Pirata is in the top 10 if not the top 1!!! Consistently delicious on all the favourites as well as with a nouveau twist. Must try the Pork Belly, Broken Eggs and for dessert Crema Catalana 'two ways'. Traditional paella also worth a mention. Good wines at reasonable prices and friendly staff complete the experience.

Visited February 2014
Thank jeffrey_revell_reade
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