Barrafina – Spanish tapas

My Mum and I had tickets to a show near Drury Lane in London and I thought this would be a good opportunity to find somewhere nice to eat.

After a quick google, I realised that a branch of Barrafina was close by and since it topped Time Out’s top 100 restaurants in London, I had to explore this option!

Opening at 5.30 on a Sunday, and arriving soon after having had a very light lunch, we were greeted with a few stools at a bar surrounding the kitchen.  No more than 20 I’d say?  No reservations here, so I knew we would have to come early to be able to get in and out before our show.  Service was impeccable!  So quick and efficient and great choices on the menu with ever-changing specials.

We opted for two glasses of El Circo red wine and then we were walked through the specials and the standard menu as most of it is in the original Spanish terms.  We ended up ordering: purple stemmed broccoli cooked with chili, portobello croquettes, anchovies with aioli, Iberico ham, courgette flower stuffed with goat’s cheese and drizzled with honey, olives and some pan con tomate.  Perfect amount so that we didn’t feel stuffed but we did get jealous looking at other options we didn’t order!

To end the meal, I ordered a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream, but I think it might have ended up being the nougat variety…but it was still delicious.

The meal didn’t break the bank, was quick and utterly delicious and would recommend if you need a quick fix before the theatre!  They also have branches in Soho and near Charing Cross too.


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