Tapas Restaurant in Covent Garden
The Opera Tavern is an Italian- Spanish tapas restaurant in Covent Garden part of the Salt Yard Group. Having recently been refurbished, the restaurant is modern and has a great atmosphere inside, with dining split across two levels.
We started off with some cocktails as an aperitif. We tried the “As Cool As…”, Tanqueray, clarified cucumber water and elderflower (£10), which was refreshing. The “El secreto“, Tanqueray, acquavite grappa, quince jelly and parmesan crisp (£12) was sweet and designed to reflect the ingredients of a cheese board!
With the cocktails we enjoyed the Jamon & manchego croquetas (£7.5), N’duja scotch egg (£7.5) and the Padron peppers (£6). Given the time of year, 1 in 10 padron peppers are incredibly hot and we got one of them! They were so amazing though.
The scotch egg was packed full of filling and a very generous portion and the croquetas were deliciously creamy.
We shared the following dishes:
- Chargrilled gameroni, garlic, chilli with warm focaccia (£9),
- Chorizo picante with smoked almond hummus (£8)
- Iberico pork burger, aged manchego, crispy red onion rings and aioli (£9)
- Courgette flower, monte enebro & blossom honey (£5.5) and
- Patatas with bravas and aioli (£4.5)
The prawns had a fantastic punchy flavour, the chorizo was perfectly spicy, and the pork burger was a well thought out and crafted dish.
The potatoes were equally delicious and we can never resist a courgette flower with creamy goats cheese and honey!
We paired the main dishes with a glass of Chiaretto leccio, il cascinone (pinot nero, barnera) piedmont 2017 rose wine (£8) and Fauno, bodegas murviedro (garnacha/syrah/monastrell) Valencia 2017 red wine (£6). All of the wines are organic which is a fantastic additional touch.
For dessert, we tried the Meringue with chervil, lemon curd and sable (£7). It was tart and sharp as you would expect. We were also given a special off the menu coffee cake which was very light!
Opera Tavern is a fantastic tapas restaurant in Covent Garden with a relaxed atmosphere, lovely service and brilliantly flavoursome dishes. Perfectly located in the heart of the West End, it is the ideal place to share great food with family or friends. If you visit a lunch Monday to Friday there is an amazing deal for 2 courses with a side for just £15.
East London Girl: Opera Tavern
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