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best london tapas barI know it’s a matter of opinion, but on a food blog, ahem, my food blog, I think I’m allowed to talk about what I consider to be the best tapas in London. Right?


Well, whether it’s acceptable or not, I just had had another meal at Drakes Tabanco last week and wanted to tell you about what a great time I had. I’ve eaten before, and I included it in my review of the best places to eat in london, but after my last visit there is clear daylight between Drakes and the other tapas bars in London.


Since my last visit, Drakes has won an excellence award from Tripadvisor because they get so many great reviews. I’m hardly surprised. This is no ordinary dining experience. Even if your not a fan of their barrelled sherry, you can’t deny that the food at Drakes is first class, and certainly not over priced.

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This time I didn’t order from the restaurant, but stayed in the bar so I felt more comfortable having my meal with a beer (wine isn’t always my favourite beverage with tapas). I started with the Salad of Roasted Squash, Oloroso & Coriander and the Smoky Chicken, Celeriac & Apple Salad. My wife had the mixed board. Did I enjoy it? Heck yes I did! It was absolutely delicious, flawless probably. I washed this down with a couple of Rosita beers, each one slightly different in taste and strength.

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My wife and I couldn’t resist getting the cheese board for dessert and had to accompany it with a bottle of red wine. I don’t know if was because I was getting a little tipsy by this point, or simply because we enjoying the atmosphere, but the next 2 hours flew by, and we nearly missed the last tube home.


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Although London has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, it’s hard to imagine anything that’s quite enjoyable as enjoying great food and drinks at somewhere like Drakes. We intend to head there again very soon, and certainly for the time being, Drakes Tabanco remains the source of the best tapas in London.

Visit http://www.drakestabanco.com to make a booking. If you can’t make it over as far as Soho, then I’m fast becoming a fan of Copit Del Mercado. So for an alternative to Drakes to you could think about tapas Shoreditch instead.

London is a diamond city for tourists. When you get there, the first thought is where you can dine and relax. Indeed, it’s rather difficult to choose out of 7000 restaurants available, that are all good or bad in their own way. They offer a great variaty of cuisines practically covering all corners of the earth. In London you can visit some Jewish cafes, Italian and French restaurants, and even Vietnamese or Albanian canteens. Certainly, the cuisines of all these countries can be found here as well as many more.

Still, there are some places which attract their clients with a unique, cosy atmosphere and unbelievably good food and drink. So, let’s look at the very best restaurants London has to offer.

Restaurant “Barrica” that’s on 62 Goodge Street is one of the most fantastic places to meet your friends and to spend an amazing evening doing nothing more than enjoying good wines and great food . What can be better than a glass of great value wine and extremely tasty food in a good company? To be sure, here you’ll find good service and a pleasant atmosphere. This really is one of the nicest tapas restaurants London has to offer. but don’t take my word for it, read the reviews here http://www.barrica.co.uk/reviews/


Copita“is a fine example of a London tapas bar. You’ll be impressed by truly delicious food and big enough portions to satisfy any appetite. Every time you come here you can try something new as their menu changes practically every day. Isn’t it amazing to try something new each time you come? Visit Copita on 27 D’arbley Street, Soho, London W1F 8 EP and enjoy the special food and nice service! Experience one of the nicest restaurants near oxford circus underground station. Here is image of Copita’s trendy interior.

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OK, let’s continue our London restaurant review .


Another place that is really worth visiting is “Copita del Mercado“. It’s a Spanish tapas bar and wonderful restaurant. It’s located on the Petticoat Lane Market in Shoreditch, central London. It’s cuisine is rather special based on some regional recipes including modern flair. in addition to the amazing food, you’ ll be impressed by the refined interior and superb wine list. Make a reservation and enjoy your restful experience. Believe it or not, but it’s difficult to find the better place to dine or spend a good evening than at Copita Del Mercado, it truly is one of the best restaurants in Shoreditch. To make a reservation visit http://www.copitadelmercado.com/.

Moving on, and it’s time for the warm welcome of “Drakes Tabanko” and taste original and unbelievably delicious tapas, exquisite Spanish wines and barrelled shares. This is a very romantic place, where you can spend a wonderful date in candlelight and a pleasant discussion with a loved one. What could be more perfect? If you prefer another scene of enjoying your food and drink the buzz of the bar is the right place for you.You can have a good talk with your friends and enjoy your food and drink all at the same time. Visiting it for a first date or in the company of good friends – this place is good for both.

Last on our list of recommended eateries in London is “Butch Annies“. This is slightly outside of central London in the famous city of Cambridge.  This restaurant is without doubt the best place for a gourmet burger in Cambridge, if now the entire South East. Call in here to taste it and you’ll be surprised by the friendly staff and amazing atmosphere. Pleasant music, nice burgers, food, beer and great wine will make you want to come back here again and again. Gourmet burgery restaurants are all the rage these days, but few can deliver the quality ingredients and mouth watering taste of Butch Annies. That makes this our number 1 best restaurant in Cambridge.

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London is visited by millions of people every day. Though, there are a lot of places to dine, some of them are especially good for spending a nice evening of good food and great atmosphere. The reasons for meeting can be different: dating, business meeting, spending time with your best friends and many, many more. But, the main point here is a comfortable atmosphere, good company, and, of course, tasty food and drinks. In this review we’ve covered off some of the very places to eat in London, especially if you’re looking for authentic tapas.

When visiting French restaurants, you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s impossible to recreate some of the sophisticated signature dishes in your own home. Although many French dishes can be complicated, here are several simple ones which you can try with reasonably few ingredients and stages:

Side Dish: Parsleyed New Potatoes
Perfect as a side dish, simply combine 0.75 lb of baby Yukon Gold potatoes with 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave at full power for 6 minutes. Let it stand while still covered for 5 minutes, then stir in 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Lunch: Croque-Monsieur
Slightly adapted from the traditional recipe, this makes a quick and easy lunch to rival the best croque-monsieurs served in French restaurants.


– Whisk together 5 eggs, 4 tablespoons milk, 140g grated Gruyère cheese and a tablespoon of chopped chives, while melting a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
– Dip sliced baguette bread into the egg mixture, then put in the pan, cooking for 3-5 minutes each side until crisp and golden.
– Place 250g cherry vine tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzling with oil, salt and pepper. Grill until they soften.
– Compile the prepared cheesy bread, grilled tomatoes, some sliced ham and some watercress. That’s it!

Dinner: Beef Burgundy
This recipe calls for a Dutch oven, but you can use any container that you would normally use for casseroles and stews.

– Begin by heating 1 tablespoon of oil until hot. Add 2 lb of boneless beef in 2 batches, cooking for 5 to 6 minutes each until nicely browned.
– Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a medium sized bowl
– Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, then add 3 big carrots, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 big onion to the oil. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and browned. Stir in 2 tablespoons of plain flour, tomato paste and salt and pepper to taste. Add a splash of red wine and heat until boiling
– Return the meat and juices to the casserole dish or Dutch oven. Add 4 sprigs of fresh thyme and a good handful of mushrooms and heat until boiling once again.
– Cover and bake for 1.5 hours, remove the thyme sprigs and stir in a handful of peas.

Dessert: Crème Brûlée
No French recipe collection would be complete without this classic.

– Place 300ml cream, 200ml milk and the seeds of 2 vanilla pods in a pan over medium heat, bring to the boil and remove
– Whisk together the yolks of 5 eggs with 70g caster sugar. Pour the cream mixture over the top and whisk until combined, then strain through a sieve then pour into four ramekins.
– Use foil to cover then bake for 60 minutes in a bain-marie* until set. Remove and let sit for 20 minutes, then refrigerate for 4 hours.
– Sprinkle with sugar to serve.
(*If you don’t have a bain-marie, just place a container in a shallow pan of warm water which acts to surround the mixture with a gentle heat, on the hob or in the oven).

So it really is possible to imitate some of the delicious dishes served at French restaurants, in your own home! Bon Appétit!


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