The tapas and small plates revolution in London has swept across many cultures and cuisines, but obviously it started with the classic Spanish tapas. There are a few standout tapas bars in London that feel more like you’re in the back alleys of Seville than Soho. Here’s our pick of the best for some of the best tapas in London.
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Decked out like a traditional Spanish Taverna, Bravas Tapas is the place to pick at delicious small plates on St Katherine’s Docks. Nibble on their incredible morcilla sliders, tiny burgers packed with spicy Spanish black pudding, smoky cheese and green apple slaw, before washing it all down with a bucket-sized sangria. Me gusta!
For more information visit bravastapas.co.uk
It started here first. The London Bridge branch of Brindisa is the original and in our opinion still the best of the Brindisa group. The quality of the Jamon Iberico along with the whole charcuterie menu is second to none. The dishes are classic and atmosphere is lively.
For more information visit brindisa.com
We can’t get enough of Moro’s little sister restaurant on Exmouth Market. Here the southern Spanish staple gets a decidedly Moreish lilt from sumac, saffron and cumin. The pardon peppers here are amazing. Sit at the tiny orange bar and watch the chefs turning lamb chops and merguez sausages at the grill.
For more information visit morito.co.uk
This Soho stalwart is tiny and you’ll have to queue for a while to get a seat around the bar, but the experience is hugely authentic and the food is well worth a little wait. Seafood at Barrafina is expemplary with dishes of octopus and capers and salt cod fritters.
For more information visit barrafina.co.uk
Jose Pizarro brings his signature Spanish flavour to his small plates standing room only bar in Bermondsey Street. The diminutive watering hole is the place to be re-educated in the ways of Sherry – try a nutty amontillado. Food is classic with a twist, like the boquerones with cava vinegar or crispy duck eggs with pisto.
For more information visit josepizarro.com
A roomy tapas restaurant in Goodge Street aims to bring the small plates food of the tapas culture to a sit down restaurant. It is the only restaurant on this list you can actually book, it loses out slightly in the authenticity stakes however. Dishes are inventive with confit of pork belly with rosemary scented cannellini beans and classic with roast quail and romesco sauce.
For more information visit saltyard.co.uk
A wonderfully modern Soho bar where the food definitely does not play second fiddle to the extensive list of sherries. With white tiles walls, hanging lightbulbs and reclaimed furniture copita sits side by side with the best of Soho’s new trendy eateries. Small plates here include sweet potato, cavolo nereo and curried yoghurt or stone bass, piquillo pepper and dill pollen are executed with aplomb.
For more information visit copita.co.uk