June 13, 2010, 11:46 am
Filed under: Eating out

One of my personal London restaurant faves is Barrafina, a suped up tapas joint on Frith St in Soho. It’s the sister restaurant of Fino on Charlotte St. It has been a firm favourite of mine for quite a while now, I found it through word of mouth that spread like wildfire when I was working in Soho Square. This is not your typical tapas joint – far from it, it embraces all of the best of Spain’s food philosophy, fresh, seasonal and ever-changing.

When my mum is over visiting its our tradition to eat there. tapas is not widely available in Australia and certainly not to quality you can find in London. When we went last week, we ate the meat platter (see pic), the asparagus with parmesan and balsamic reduction, the grilled lamb chops, the jamon and spinach tortilla and the turbot fillet. We had a lovely Rioja and sat outside as the weather was kindly permitting. The food was light and heart warming, but perfectly portioned – covering off such a range of tastes and flavours. What is striking though is the sheer simplicity – that understanding that the food is so good the actual ingredients speak for themselves.

The restaurant employs a no reservation policy, they call it egalitarian and I tend to agree. The seating is either at the bar or outside on the tables. There is pretty much always a queue, so best to aim for 6.30pm or try for lunch by aiming for 12. Often if you don’t mind the wait you can grab a glass of vino and some early nibbles while you wait for a table. The cost is around £40 a head including wine.

No issues with being gf, most of the menu is gf and they are aware of what you can and can’t order and certainly don’t make you feel uncomfortable for asking…..

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