a few years ago in granada, i sat at a picnic table drinking the first of many beers in the afternoon spanish sun. the waiter brought plate after plate of tapas to complement our generous orders. the best of which was a towering inferno of pimientos de padrón…small green morsels bursting with flavour and glistening with olive oil and sea salt. and every fifth one lighting fire to your very being.

that culinary encounter coupled with my subsequent visits to the mecca of tapas, barcelona, have prompted a city-wide search for a taste of spain in the big smoke. these are my favourites based on quality, selection and atmosphere (oh, and availability of the little green galician delights).

barrafina
54 Frith Street,
Soho, W1D 4SL

 

salvador and amanda
8 Great Newport Street,
Leicester Square
WC2H 7JA
 
la bota
31 Broadway Parade,
Crouch End, N8 9DB
 
bar lorca
156-158 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park
NW5 2HP
 
jamon jamon
38 Parkway
Camden, NW1 7AH

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