Spanish tapas are enjoying a time of increased popularity. With yet another addition to the London circuit of Spanish Tapas bars, Capote y Toros opening this week and José Pizarro’s ham and sherry bar having been opened in May on Bermondsey Street, a tapas bar is certainly the place to be seen.
Other recent additions to the Spanish way of life in the capital are the Opera Tavern and Morito, making a comprehensive list of which below are ten of the very best. There are plenty of restaurant deals to be had if you search online, with most establishments offering discounts to attract more customers.
This bar literally oozes elegance with its décor and diverse menu. Offering not just general tapas but specialities from Galicia and other regions of Spain, modern and traditional are served here in perfect harmony. Choose from Iberian pork for a contemporary dish or pork legs with grelos for a classic from the Galician region of Spain.
Barcelona y Tapas
This haunt is most certainly inspired by the world famous Gaudi, the style of the bar and the dishes served being shown in the most retro, informal and flamboyant way. You will be taken aback by the thought that has been taken into the décor, bringing a real piece of Barcelona to London. The menu will also leave you astounded, bringing together some of the more traditional Valenciano dishes such as pan con tomate (rustic bread with tomato and garlic,) galtas (pigs cheeks) and not forgetting a paella of fine noodles ( fideuá).
Taking yourself right into the heart of Soho you will find the tiny yet perfectly formed Barrafina. This tapas bar has a long standing reputation for serving tapas as tapas was meant to be. A family run business, the Hart brothers who also own Quo Vadis and Fino aim to serve you only the finest and most traditional Spanish delicacies. Choose from morcilla (Spanish blood pudding) or a traditional tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette)
Cambio de Tercio
Cambio de Tercio holds a reputation as a haunt for the real Spanish in London, entertaining guests such as Rafael Nadal. Known by many as the best Spanish eatery on the city you can enjoy a full tapas experience here. Choose from gazpacho and manchego cheese, giving you a full taste Spanish experience.
This bar and restaurant has a reputation for entertaining the young and after work crowd. A trendy place to hang out after a hard day s work in the capital the menu here boasts specialities from all regions of Spain and the islands. Here you can choose from some traditional Canarian papas (potato wedges with spicy sauce,) traditional croquettes of ham or fish and even Galician octopus (pulpo gallego)
If what you are looking for is a tapas bar with a difference then Dehesa is the perfect haunt for you. Mixing traditional Andalusian and Italian cuisine, here you can choose from traditional galtas (pig s cheeks) or perhaps try an Italian caramelised pear salad. With both cultures under one roof, and named after the Andalusian area home of the Iberican pig, there is something here to satisfy every taste.
This tapas bar is themed around the culture of the Moors and southern Spain. From the creator of Moro, Sam Clark, this tapas bar mixes a Moorish culture with the Middle East. Here you can feast your taste buds on traditional croquettes or choose from spicy lamb with eastern herbs. Accompany your tapas with an ice cold sherry and you really will be taken away by this creation.
From the same team as Dehesa and Salt Yard, Opera tavern is perfectly situated in the forever popular Covent Garden area. Set in the premise of an old pub the delights on offer here range from a selection of the finest Spanish hams to mini foie grass burgers. With larger dishes also being served here you can be guaranteed a Spanish feast to remember.
If your idea of Spanish tapas is some traditional basque pintxos, then Pix is the perfect haunt for you. In pure Basque style you will find the tapas laid out along the bar, your final bill being calculated by the number of skewers you have at the end of your feast. This type of tapas can work out quite cheap, most priced at just £2, 50, but with such Moorish delicacies lined up in front of you it is often too hard to resist.
When in the borough market area, Brindisa is well worth a visit. With reasonably priced and traditional tapas, this informal haunt is lively and welcoming. With all the traditional tapas such as patatas bravas, pancetta, cured hams and traditionally cured cheeses on the menu there is always something to tickle your taste buds.
Tapas is a great way to bring people together and share amazing food, however if you’d like a bit of privacy; look for restaurants that offer private dining in London.