11 Jul 2020

Capote y Toros Ham & Sherry Bar 

This little offspring of Cambio de Tercio, just along the road, is a lively little tapas bar specialising in sherry and Jamón but also serving other delicious tapas.

From the small menu you can try:

The wonderful 5J Cinco Jotas Jabugo Jamón Iberico de Bellota or the chorizos and other charcuterie.

The patatas bravas here are served in all of their 4 restaurants and tapas bars. Small new potatoes are hollowed out and filled with smooth tomato bravas sauce, topped with a luscious dollop of spiky alioli.

Croquetas de Jamón (ham and béchamel croquettes)

Tartar atún (tuna tartar, avocado &...

14 Apr 2019

BARRAFINA          1 Michelin Star

Barrafina has moved to a new address in Soho, from Frith street to  

26-27 Dean Street, Soho, London.

We thought we would give the new venue a try on this midweek evening in March 2019.

As usual it was busy, so we had to wait 45 mins to be seated. Once we were, these are a few of the dishes that we tried.

Pimientos de Padron and Jamón croquetas.

 Paletila Ibérica

Lenguado en salsa de almendra (sole in almond Sauce)

Solomillo Rubia Gallega (sirloin steak from Galicia)

The food is still very good and the atmosphere is still very buzzy.

This visit is a follow up to...

12 Jun 2018


Situated on a corner of the now trendy area of Bermondsey Street this cosy little tapas bar serves up excellent authentic tapas. Opened by José Pizarro with his eponymous restaurant, Pizarro, further up the street.

José is a buzzing spot for an atmospheric lunch or dinner.

This is not a sit down restaurant, but a Spanish bar, where you go to have a drink and some tapas, standing or sitting on stools with a barrel for a table. There are also window stools looking out onto the street.

A typical menu would consist of:

Baby spinach with honey dressing

Gazpacho, toasted bread

Boquerones con vinegre (anch...

8 Nov 2017


This new addition to the London tapas scene in Soho started off as a case of musical chairs. We began on a table for two, which would have been ok if we were not four!  At the third attempt we found a suitable table for four people.

Things thankfully improved after that in a busy and buzy atmosphere. The restaurant is named after the famous Las Ramblas street in Barcelona and serves up an excellent take on Catalan tapas.

There is an open kitchen with a bar and bar stalls surrounding it, which makes it suitable for walks ins.

The other tables are spread around the bar area, with som...

15 Aug 2017


Revisted 14/8/2017

Located in the ever busy Soho, Ember Yard serves up excellent Spanish / Italian tapas cooked over Basque charcoal grill (embers, get it?) from the people behind Salt Yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern.

This is the latest in a mini-chain of London’s highly rated new-style Tapas bars. Setting this art deco restaurant and bar apart is the method used for cooking.

The Spanish and Italian plates are cooked over charcoal from the open kitchen. This not only adds a sense of authenticity, but also means that each dish has a uniquely smoky fingerprint.

Padrón Peppers

Stuffed and Deep Fried Gordal Olives wi...

7 May 2016



Under Abel Lusa’s long term wonderful hospitality and guidance along with chef Alberto Criado’s (Twitter @Alberto_Criado) creative dishes, Cambio de Tercio has become a standard bearer for Iberian food in London. Most Hispanophile's consider it the best in town. 


You can chose from the traditional tapas menu, an inventive á la carte menu or the excellent and very reasonably priced tasting menu at £45 pp.


On a recent visit we had this tasting menu.


Andalusian gazpacho, steamed king prawns & cherry ice cream

Cod brandade, tomato water & cristal toast

New season white asparagus, almond vinaigre...

1 Jan 2016


The hot and cold tapas menus have been created by Michelin starred Chef Nacho Manzano. Chef of the two star restaurant Casa Macial in Arriondas and the one star restaurant La Salgar, in Gijón. Both in the northern Spanish region of Asturias.

The open kitchen lets you see all the action as it happens and the bar has a good selection of classic and signature cocktails, cavas, gin tonicas, sherries, sidras, jugs of sangria and a few beers.

There is also a Iberica Delicatessen where you can see the the famous Jamón Ibérico de Bellota (from the very best acorn fed Iberico pigs) being hand-carved to orde...

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