It's the perfect place to go with a friend and the two of you have a lot to catch up on because then you don't really mind the ridiculous wait. Picture this: you're inside the tiny little buzzing bar atmosphere of Barrafina, at the back of the queue but you're able to order a glass of wine and soon you move forward to stand against the wall with a counter and then you start ordering some small tapas. Some Pimientos de Padron to start, gleaming green peppers fried and covered in sea salt, then my staple of pan con tomato - toasted bread rubbed with garlic and covered in chopped tomatoes and olive and of course ham Croquetas. I wouldn't be me if I didn't order some croquetas. And the ones at Barrafina are in my book, the best kind. Creamy bechemal sauce studded with bits of Spanish ham, covered in breadcrumbs and fried to have the perfect crispy coating. Amazing.
|Iberico Pork Fillet|
Another must have dish for me is the tuna tartar. It doesn't really seem like a typical Spanish dish but it tastes so good that I secretly wish I could order another plate. Tiny cubes of raw tuna flavoured with sesame oil, soy sauce and sesame seeds and served with an avocado puree - invigorating your taste buds. I don't know how to better describe it - you need to try it.
This time I was lucky to be with my friend who generously let me do all the ordering. So even after having all the above, I wanted to try more! I'm blaming the bottle of red wine we had for the utterly gluttony that follows.
|Sprats & Grilled Chorizo, Potatoes, Watercress|
54 Frith Street London W1D 4SL
(No reservations taken)
Tube: Tottenham Court Road