We had a very good experience here a few months ago and came here in the late afternoon after an exhibition nearby. Being a bit early (6PM, the restaurant opens at 6.30) we made a reservation which was taken by the charming restaurant manager (the same that looked after us last time). We spent the half hour in the bar nearby (belonging to the same restaurant) to get into the mood for the Spanish atmosphere. The music, decoration and staff immediately immersed us into Spanish atmosphere (the ham suspended on the ceiling prepared us for the excellent Pata Negra Ham plate later). The 30 minutes went quickly and we were very pleased to be seated outside, enjoying the sunset on Brompton road, with a view on wannabe-celebrities in flash cars (don’t sit outside if the roaring Ferraris or the wannabe posh disturb you…). Anyway, we ordered the Pata negra, and two dishes as mains (rather than the tapas option). We had oxtail, which was extremely well prepared, and was tender, nearly falling apart (I mean this in a good way). The other main dish was the hake, which is seared in a buttery garlic excellent sauce. The “padron peppers” were our sides, and again very tasty. We just had one glass wine each (from a very small choice of wines by the glass) (Muga Rose and Ortubia Tempranillo), but both were excellent.
Desserts were “Spanish bread pudding” and chocolate cake, both of scrumptious taste. Staff were very friendly, polite and fully deserved the 12% tip included in the bill. The prices are on the high side (£130 for the dinner including tip) but justified, considering the atmosphere, location, good services and importantly the consistently high quality of all dishes.
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