Barrafina – 54 Frith St, London W1D 4SL

Barrafina

From londoneater.com

The pimentos de padron, caperberries and olives were nice as expected. The olives are especially good, smothered in a great olive oil and just damn good olives.

Chipirones are little squid battered and deep fried whole, these were good, they would have been better with some aioli but just came with lemon so got a little boring.

The Mozambique prawns were amazing, enormous king prawns, well cooked, so juicy and fleshy. A reminder of what good fresh seafood should taste like.

I would not bother with Marinated chicken wings, wings are better in American /Asian places. The same goes for the Lamb cutlets, this lamb just lacked flavour, the parsnip puree that accompanied the cutlets was really good but the lamb was bland.

Chickpeas and bacon, a nice simple dish with probably the nicest bacon I have ever eaten.

The best dish of the night was the Secreto Iberico. Secreto is a cut near the front leg of the Iberian pig. The pork is pan fried, such a delicious cut.

I enjoyed the Chocolate Tart, nice and rich but nothing to write home about. The Santiago Tart was probably the best of the three desserts we tried. The Crema Catalana was good but too runny.

Dos Cojones!

http://www.barrafina.co.uk/

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Morito – 32 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL

Morito

From thrillist.com

Yes
– Salt cod croquetas, the nicest croquetas I’ve had, melt in your mouth.
– Lamb chops with cumin & paprika
– Spiced lamb with aubergine, yoghurt and pine nuts
– Beetroot borani with feta & walnuts
– Patatas aliñadas (potatoes, green pepper, parsley, spring onions, sherry vinegar)

No
– The Scottish scallop with albarino, tasted ok, but one scallop for £6, come on.
– Red prawns with alioli, I hate peeling prawns and these were just a little bland.

Service was sketchy, we waited 30 minutes to place our orders even though we looked appropriately hungry.

Great food and good service when you finally get it.

Dos Cojones!

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Tapas Brindisa – 18-20 Southwark St, London SE1 1TJ

Brindisa

From london-insider.co.uk

Yes
– Large Gordal olives and orange, fleshy and beautiful.
– Prawns in garlic and chillies, I haven’t eaten prawns this good in ages, I forgot how they should taste.
– Pan fried filet steak with caramelised onions, served on toast, was pink, smoky and really tender.
– Grilled lamb chumps with cucumber and payoyo goat cheese garnish, the garnish wasn’t so great, to cold and crunchy but the lamb was delicious.
– Manchego cheese with honey and beetroot crisps
– Pork served rare with pomegranate, I’ve never had rare pork before, it was confronting but after this I would do it again.

No
– Spanish omelette, I always find them bland, maybe that’s because of all the other strong dishes that accompany them.
– Steamed mussels, yawn.
– Fried potatoes, our first dish, cold, over cooked, a really bad start.
– Sautéed Jerusalem artichokes, these were really tough.

When they are good they are great, I can forgive a few bad dishes.

Dos Cojones!

http://www.brindisa.com/restaurants/tapas-brindisa/

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