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“Lovely little restaurant with great food”
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Ranked #1,700 of 22,853 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Kensington
England
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Lovely little restaurant with great food”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

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.

Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
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Chevry
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Disappointment!!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had made a reservation at this restaurant for our last evening of a vacation in London. We had received a written confirmation. When we arrived at the place we were informed that it was closed due to renovation. Amazingly, no one from the restaurant had made an effort to contact us in advance. In addition, the person responsible at the restaurant just blamed the builders and the "office" rather than trying to help us find an alternative reservation at another restaurant. We had great expectations - now we are sure not to come back!

  • Visited January 2013
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Ashwell
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very, very good”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Went to this place last week following a recommendation and it was superb. Great food, great atmosphere, buzzy but not too noisy and lovely wines.
The staff could not have been more charming. We had the tasting menu and it was great fun with some brilliant novel ideas. The wine list is amazing too with some stunning fino sherries. Couldn't fault it

  • Visited December 2012
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“Great Food in a Great way but rushed too much”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We had been promising to go for 2 years.
We ent for the tasting menu and changed 1 item.
The presentation very very very novel - and did work, in fact at times you felt your mind was being asked to do something strange - fake poached eggs and chips (-: - as it looked liked x but tasted like y - Very Very nice.
Dirty Carrots were a great idea - taste was ok but the cocoa didn't add really - but the food standard was superb.
Wine recommendation was also very very good.
The only fault was that they were clearing plates before we had finished due to the "eating slots" - but didn't have anyone to take the seat!..... if it hand been for this it would have been perfect.

  • Visited December 2012
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“Unexpectedly brilliant Spanish restaurant”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

Wine tasting lunch arranged by a supplier was a great introduction to this little gem of a place a gentle stroll from Knightsbridge central. Although not ordering off the menu it was apparent that the food was Spanish and special. If the guys from Muga think it is the best Spanish food outside Spain, it must be good! Menu was interesting and food was fresh. Seemed very reasonably priced too. Wines very varied as long as they are Spanish! Suits me.
Will be revisiting soon so watch out for another review.

  • Visited November 2012
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