Barrafina Adelaide St seems to be London’s new favourite restaurant. I can’t bear hype, and I loathe queues, but I love the original Barrafina so I braved it. The queue wasn’t that much a of a drama in the end, you get to have a drink at the counter while you wait. There were 4 of us and we waited about 45 minutes. Which flew by.
If you are not in the know, Barrafina is a Spanish tapas bar, the original is on Frith St in Soho, the newest sibling on Adelaide St, between Charing Cross and Trafalgar Square and just up the road from Terroirs (which I love). Diners are seated along a curved counter which circles the kitchen, the room is buzzy and smart.
Chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho and her team are cooking some of the best Spanish food in London. There are traditional dishes like tortilla (excellently executed and runny – try the morcilla and piquillo pepper tortilla) and jamon iberico de Bellota. Along side these are more adventurous dishes, I loved the suckling pigs ears (crunchy with a ripple of fat underneath), chicken wings with mojo picón, quail escabeche and the artichokes with alioli. It really feels like you can’t go wrong though. From the specials board we had pigs head, served in little deep fried breadcrumbed nuggets with harissa alioli (one of the highlights of the evening), and the hake which was served with peas and jamon and a savoury fresh broth. The drinks list is solid, I especially liked the Hart Brothers Limited Manzanilla En Rama.
Details: we had approximately 3 / 4 dishes each, and a couple of glasses of wine and spent £50 per person. At the steep end for tapas, but worth it.
5/5 – WHAT, another 5/5 so soon? Yes, but fully deserving.
10 Adelaide Street