Monday 14 December 2009

Barrafina: Exquisite Tapas, naturally GF

So I know this is the second tapas post in as many posts, but man, how could I not write about the marvelousness that is Barrafina?

There are no reservations at Barrafina - it's very much a traditional tapas style restaurant where you perch at the bar. A lovely L-shaped marble bar at that.

I loved the menu. Almost everything, 85%, was naturally gluten free. The tuna tartar was worth weeping over, the jamon and spinach tortilla was the best I've ever had. I could go there just for that. After all there is a prawn and piquillo pepper (now that's the sort of alliteration I like) tortilla I have yet to try. There was something delicious involving a quail's egg that is escaping my memory - check out the menu to see everything on offer.

The fresh seafood is of a high quality and is on display for you to choose what you will - and everything I tried was cooked perfectly. The same goes for the excellent selection of spanish cold meats, which are in front of you and often carved by the waiters/barmen (a very friendly bunch).

Obiviously, this high quality tapas in a central location and at great prices (£4-8 a plate) does attract a queue, and as there are no reservations, I would advise getting there early. Hmmm... now I'm hungry just thinking about it.