El Pirata of Mayfair

Anyone else really craving walking down a cobbled street in shorts with the sun shining down? Ever since our mini heat wave in London I have been dreaming about my past Spanish adventures. Listening to a beautiful soundtrack of; people making bargain buys at the market stalls, getting trinkets personalised and laughter of friends outside restaurants sipping on chilled Rioja post-siesta.

Unable to simply hop on a plane to Spain whenever I want I love finding new restaurants in London that give me both the incredible Spanish tapas I’d expect to find in Madrid and a similar atmosphere and service.

Have you tried El Pirata in Mayfair before?

The hidden away venue is just off the main road, opposite Green Park and a short walk from both Hyde Park Corner and Green Park stations – making it very accessible. Spitting distance from big names; Nobu, Hard Rock and COYA it can be forgiven for being drowned out by the noise they create. However, I was there over two hours and there was not an empty table in sight with people queuing up to wait for a chance to eat there.

If you like prawns, I couldn’t suggest a better dish than Langostinos al chef. We loved it so much we asked for bread to enjoy the rest of the tomato, garlic and white wine sauce.

I am a big fan of croquettes, no Spanish meal is complete without them in my mind!

We ordered both croquetas de jamón ibérico and croquetas de pollo, ham and chicken. If I wasn’t so full I would have ordered a second helping of these…

No Spanish tapas meal is complete without croquettes for me but no Spanish restaurant worth its salt doesn’t have a moreish paella on the menu and El Pirata did a great tapas option of one. So instead of having two very big portions of the heavy rice dish we could enjoy a bite-size version which I really enjoyed!

Okay, admit it, who’s going to be dreaming of a Spanish holiday all day now? I know I will be…

Until next time,

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