Diane de Beer
Here tapas are defined as more of a style of eating than a strict spotlight on Spanish cuisine. Their menu combines mixed influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and some great local flavours too. The only problem with the menu is balancing what to order so that you start smaller rather than going for too much too quickly. Think brilliantly balanced taramasalata with steaming triangles of pita bread and popcorn pork nibbles to balsamic beetroot with a fresh bite, herb-crusted fish goujons and traditional falafel. But it is the choice, how to select, how to balance the flavours and which way to go, that turns this into a fun event. The more people around a table, the merrier and the larger your cuisine possibilities.
They have a fine wine selection with many possibilities available by the glass. It’s handy if you’re popping in for a quick bite but also peep their cocktail and gin selections (which stops just shy of a hundred).
Even if the service is slightly distracted with so much going on, they’re quick to respond at a moment’s notice. The staff is well informed and guide you in your drink options.
It’s festive with lots of lights to create sparkle. Inside and out, hot or cold, everything is catered for. The design is cool and contemporary but the focus is getting people to have fun with equal measures of quality food, drink and friendship. They are part of a foodie street scene that has popped up quite smartly a little more than a year ago and has quickly drawn in the crowds because of the atmosphere.
It’s young and well thought-through, with no hitches to spoil the experience. Even the car guards guide you to a better spot if they see you might not quite get it right.
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