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Where to Eat: Tapas in London

26 March 2019 | Billie Manning

When you can’t choose just one thing, choose tapas. Here are the best Spanish small plates in London.

Spotlight on: Barullo
Barullo means uproar in Spanish, and that’s certainly what the foodie world has been in since Victor Garvey announced his new project in the City, even closing his Covent Garden joint Sibarita in order to focus on the new restaurant, which will be serving up everything Spanish. Garvey has already won London’s hearts and stomachs with his Soho spot Rambla and St Katharine Docks’ Bravas Tapas, but what will be on the menu at Barullo?
 
Well, the dishes on offer are certain to excite - forget your run-of-the-mill ham and cheese croquettes. If you like umami, you’ll be all over their mushroom, cardoon (A.K.A. globe artichoke) and truffle croquetas. And for seafood lovers, thinly-sliced smoked tuna carpaccio with fennel escabeche and crispy horseradish will be sure to please. We’re particularly excited for their KFC: ‘Kiko Fried Chicken’, which is brined chicken dusted in roasted corn nuts, fried with an alegria pepper chutney. They won’t just be doing small dishes either; paella fans will love the sumptuous-sounding “La Masia” paella with confit pork belly, prawns, and mussels. To finish you off, there’ll be sweets such as toasted coconut ice cream. We’re sure this is going to be just the place to be for a summery Spanish feast.

19 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7JA

gambas al ajillo tapas spanish seafood food restaurant
Gambas al ajillo © Barrafina via Facebook

Best of the rest:
Barrafina
What? London’s number one group of tapas restaurants
Where? Spread across Central London, from Soho to Charing Cross
Why? Yes, you’ll have to wait, because it’s popular as hell, but there’s a reason for that - it’s because the food is worth it, and that’s the highest praise we can give
 
José
What? A tapas bar with an ever-changing blackboard menu
Where? Bermondsey Street, just a short walk from London Bridge and Borough Market
Why? The menu uses only the best ingredients they pick up at the market that day, and the space is always bustling and convivial
 
Trangallan
What? A romantic, rustic-looking tapas restaurant with outdoor seating
Where? On the edge of Newington Green
Why? Come for the pretty décor, stay for the delicious food. The pork belly and the octopus are on our favourites list
 
Seven at Brixton
What? A tapas and cocktail bar with arty décor
Where? Brixton Market
Why? Unusually for a tapas bar, they have a fantastic range of veggie options, many of which can be adapted to be vegan, without skimping on delicious seafood. They also do a bottomless brunch
 
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