We've noticed this restaurant and its offshoots (located next door and across the road) for quite a period of time driving down the Old Brompton Road, but have never tried it. Some friends from abroad provided the perfect excuse and we were not disappointed.
The restaurant is relatively small, consisting of a back room with live fire and a dining area up front. There is also a side room that looks less formal, but was unused the day we were there. This is a very Spanish restaurant of some class. Service is charming, the food very very good. Their tapas are very different to the tapas one would normally expect: the skew being towards lovely presentation, good flavours and something a little different - e.g. their patatas bravas are not fried potatoes smothered in a tomato/paprika sauce, rather little cones of potato filled with the sauce mixture. Beautiful to look at, even better in the mouth.
The menu is relatively small consisting of a section of about 10 tapas, followed by another section of similar length of house speciality tapas - the 8 hour cooked tomatoes are highly recommended - and then there is a selection of mains of both meat and fish varieties. Pricing is about £7 for a tapas and £21-24 per main.
We had a hake dish which came with asparagus; also served as mains were pork with grilled pineapple, steak, and partridge with chestnut puree. Unless specified otherwise the meats tend to be served pink, but all were very tender and flavoursome. It was lovely to be served the full partridge boned, as opposed to the usual custom of a part breast. The meal also included a fantastic Spanish bread pudding and cheese. It is very rare that everyone genuinely agrees as they did at this restaurant that they have eaten well and are not hungry.
This is obviously not a cheap restaurant. They also do a menu at £23 and £25 (two or three courses), which based on our experience offers very good value.
The wine list is seriously Spanish. Prices start at about £30 and climb easily into three digits. Unlike many lists I've seen before, some knowledge is required as the wines are not described on the list, other than noting name, vineyard, year, grape mix etc. We originally wanted to drink a Muga, which was not available, but the sommelier's suggestion as a replacement Rioja, proved very good.
Total price including drinks, but excluding service (12.5%) for the meal was £322 for six people.
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