El Pirata

What an adorable Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Mayfair offering over 60 tapas dishes, al fresco dining and fantastic service. The atmosphere is fantastic and reminded me of a restaurant I visited in Barcelona – beautiful bar area, low lighting and traditional / rustic decoration.

There is a really good choice of dishes on the menu – obviosuly more tapas focused but there are some larger plates (paella!) and set menus at very reasonable prices (£18-23). We opted for a mixture – to begin with we had padron peppers, pan con tomate and serrano ham – all absolutely delicious.

Given we were hungry, we chose another 6 tapas dishes – spanish chicken and rice, croquetas de jamon, patatas bravas, marinated deep fried fish, calamares and prawns in olive oil, garlic & dried hot chilli peppers. I particularly loved the croquetas and the prawns! All were very reasonably priced between £5 and £7.

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We also had a creme brulee from Catalonia which was tatsy.

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What really stood out for me was the service – so friendly, efficient and helpful! The prices are very reasonable for the quality and atmosphere – recommended.