If variety is the spice of life, than surely eating Spanish-style is the route to epicurean bliss. London would undoubtedly be a happier place if we were allowed 2 hour lunch breaks with our loved ones to leisurely graze on half a dozen delightful little dishes. A spot of Mediterranean sun wouldn’t go a miss either! With the first few rays of sunshine creeping through, our recent meal at El Pirata Detapas couldn’t have been timed better.
Following the long-standing success of Mayfair sibling, El Pirata, this new Spanish restaurant has opened to provide a modern style of Spanish dining. As with every good tapas bar, El Pirata Detapas is an intimate, charming space, with hues of rioja and cream alongside a burnt oak floor and mahogany furniture. The restaurant is also very proud of its impressive all-Spanish wine list and has incorporated a wall feature showcasing their vast range.
The entirely tapas style menu combines Spanish stalwarts with contemporary, innovative dishes. Ms Pancake and I nibbled on a Salad of endive with Valdeón cheese foam & walnuts whilst looking over the relatively short but comprehensively tempting menu. We split the meal into two sections as there was so much we wanted to try. Octopus carpaccio with mandarin caviar, capers and paprika perfectly introduced the meal – delicate, flavoursome and interesting. Similarly, the Black rice, squid & black alioli had the inimitable tang of squid ink running through it and was blacker than Batman in an oil spill. Spanish comfort food in the form of Vegetable & piquillo croquettes and Broken eggs, potatoes, chorizo & garlic prawns were delicious and suitably filling. A special mention also needs to be given to the wonderfully sweet and meaty Pork cheeks with sangria reduction. For dessert, we shared a distinctly un-Spanish Chocolate brownie which was too light in flavour and texture but would have been great if they had labelled it as a chocolate sponge.
So a long and varied meal later and we were both mightily impressed. A quick look at the prices also revealed the restaurant to represent good value. Most dishes were well portioned and came in at around £6, whilst diners also have the option of a lengthy and tempting Degustation menu for just £18.
Cuisine type: Spanish
Meal for 2 (excluding drinks): £24
El Pirata Detapas
115 Westbourne Grove
T 020 7727 5000