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It’s not the first time I’ve mentioned Barrafina and it won’t be the last.

Because I looooooove tapas and Barrafina is quite simply the best tapas restaurant in London.

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The only problem?

How good Barrafina is is London’s worst kept secret.

And of course, there’s no reservations, which means you will have to queue.

Yes, even if it’s late and even on Sundays.

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But worry not, for there’s a small selection of nibbles to eat while you wait – including Barrafina’s fantastic croquetas.

That time around, they were squid croquetas, with ink, little pieces of cuttlefish and a potent-but-sublime spicy aioli on top.

100% the way to keep little hangry me happy!

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Nibbles, drinks and good company are a great combination to make time fly by.

Before you know it, you’ll be led to your recently-vacated seats…

… for yet more croquetas!

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This time, ham croquetas.

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Just as gorgeous as their squid sisters, with a rich, indulgent, creamy ham & cheese filling and the thinest, crispest of exteriors.

If you love croquetas (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), you have to have Barrafina’s.

Ham or squid, whatever you pick, you’re in for a whole new ball game!

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Since we visited at what was technically brunch time, the classic tortilla was a must order.

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… and I can happily report that it is indeed a classic at all times of the week and day!

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Potato slices, sauteed in olive oil, then topped with eggs and cooked to golden perfection…

Simplicity at its very best.

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Chargrilled artichokes with aioli, dressed in a shallot and chives vinaigrette.

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And spectacular Arroz de Marisco.

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A bit of a cross between a risotto and a seafood paella, with incredible depth of flavour from a saffroned bisque and topped with just-grilled seafood.

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On the sweet side, we couldn’t resist the crema catalana bites.

Basically cheesecake, wrapped in crisp filo pastry, deep-fried and served with a tart berry coulis.

Berry indulgent indeed!

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And –of course– a serving of obligatory cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate sauce. Light, almost brioch-y, they are something special in their own right!

Now, the million dollar question – when to go so you don’t have to queue for hours?

We went on a Sunday for a late lunch (around 1pm) and waited around 20 min for a table. Late dinner is also quite a good bet, making it a great post-theatre option, especially on weekdays. But then again, I went a few years back on Easter Sunday and it’s the only time I’ve ever been seated right away…

So if your bank holiday plans allow it, go, go, GO!!

Barrafina, 10 Adelaide St, London WC2N 4HZ 

(there’s another Covent Garden branch on Drury Ln, and a Soho one on Dean St, all equaly good and hard to get into)

Where to eat if you can’t get a seat at Barrafina

Terroirs Wine Bar

The Barbary

Chick ‘n’ Sours

Shake Shack

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Terroirs Wine Bar

The best place to indulge in meat, cheese, bread and wine is France. Obviously.

And trust me when I say I’ve been having my fare share of the good stuff already and fully intend to have more this coming week #wheninFrance

But with Bastille Day approaching, there’s no reason for me to be the only one enjoying les bonnes choses de la vie. 

So if you’re suffering from French food envy… I have just the place!

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Just a stone’s throw away from Covent Garden (and right by one of my absolute favourite London restaurants), Terroirs is a vibrant wine bar focusing on small scale, natural wines and ingredient-led, French-inspired small plates.

Everything sounds so good you’ll want to get stuck right in.

And after all, wine not?!

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“Beryna” 2012 (Bernabe Navarro, Alicante, Spain) for the girls…

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While I simply had to stop and smell the rosé (a lovely glass of 2014 Château Plaisance from Fronton, France).

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With some bread and butter bien sûr.

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Quickly followed by a table full of Terroirs’ best nibbles.

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Rich, meaty Pork & Pistachio terrine with a generous helping of crunchy and sharp cornichons.

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Wafer thin slices of Salame Felino.

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And a little bit of blue cheese (Bleu de Laqueille)…

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We nibbled our way through the lot…

… and then some!

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Beef carpaccio with herbs and lemon.

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Zingy, herby and fresh, I could have eaten five of those.

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Last but not least, France’s most infamous culinary speciality: snails.

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Big, juicy snails, served on toast with a pungent, parsley & garlic sauce and crispy bacon.

A match made in (French) heaven.

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Don’t mind if I do…

French puddings are always something special & Terroirs is no exception.

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Simple but stunning Chocolate pot & Salted caramel.

Intense, rich and super indulgent.

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Beautifully light and creamy Panna Cotta with grappa and honeycomb.

A little piece of France in the heart of London, Terroirs Wine Bar is one of the best places if you’re after a lil’ bit of something nice.

Perfect for a quick after-work drink or a leisurely dinner with your favourite people

…or any time you just need to wine down!

Terroirs Wine Bar, 5 William IV St, London WC2N 4DW

PIN FOR LATER:

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Barrafina Adelaide Street

If you can’t go to Spain, just let Spain come to you.

And there’s no better place for that than Barrafina (trust me, I checked!)

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The drinks, the atmosphere, the decor… It all seems straight out of one of Barcelona’s most sought after tapas bars.

And the food, oh the food.

The food is even better and absolutely faultless.

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Making your choice might be a bit of challenge; many a dish are worth a taste.

And then there are the daily specials…

But then agin, I’m pretty sure whatever you go for, it’ll be stellar!

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Micro piquillo peppers with brandada.

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Crunchy ‘n’ melty Crab croquetas.

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A true thing of beauty (and probably more addictive than any drug!)

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Gorgeous crisp fried artichokes served with mustard aioli

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The very best way to have your five a day!

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Cuttlefish and chickpea ragout with squid ink.

Intensily saline and one all fish lovers must try!

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Calçots and romesco.

Things don’t get more seasonal than that!

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Finger-licking good Iberian pork ribs.

A sticky, deep and absolutely irresistible cracker of a dish that’ll have you lick the plate (which we may or may not have done)!

So good in fact we considered getting seconds…

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But ended up listing to the voice of reason and went for dessert instead!

And not just any old dessert (ooooooh no!): Doughnuts and chocolate sauce.

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Cinnamon dusted, churros-like doughnuts

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Dipped in some excellent, warm, bittersweet chocolate sauce

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And washed off with the most delicious of dessert wines: Alameda Sherry!

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London’s best tapas for sure and definitely one worth braving the queues for any day of the week.

If you’re looking for me, you know where I’ll be…

Barrafina10 Adelaide Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HZ   Barrafina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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