El Pirata of Mayfair – Tapas Bar Español

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October, 2021

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El Pirata of Mayfair - Tapas Bar Español

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This is a great authentic Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Mayfair, London. They have served informal, traditional and reasonably priced tapas for more than a quarter of a century.

It is located close to Green Park and we chose to eat an evening meal there when staying at a nearby hotel. It was softly lit and fairly busy when we entered and shown a table without having to wait. You can eat al fresco at the front of the restaurant on Down Street.

There are high stools at the bar where you can snack or wait for a table.
If you look up and leftwards from the bar you can see one of their specialities – the Iberico Bellota Jamon said to be the finest in London.

Spanish prints cover the white walls of the restaurant, as well as old black and white photographs. The floors are wooden and wrought iron and Spanish music certainly remind one of places like Barcelona, Malaga and other places.

An iron, spiral staircase in the centre of the restaurant takes you down to the lower dining room which can also be hired for private parties.

You can order classic tapas dishes and the wine list has lots of choices.

We had a great paella for two and just had to wait awhile as it was freshly prepared and cooked, which was fine. The dessert was delicious, it was a torta Santiago – a traditional Galician cake made with almonds and served with vanilla ice cream at a reasonable price of £5.75.

Would highly recommend.

Caroline Hutchings

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