A little piece of Spain in Mayfair - noisy, crowded bar with small tables cramped around a spiral staircase which led down to more cramped tables at the basement level.
El Pirata's traditional tapas were tasty:
- Padron peppers were spicy & addicitive;
- Prawns in olive oil, garlic & chillis, served bubbling hot, were surprisingly also more spicy than I'd expected;
- Chorizos, served sliced and smothered in a tomato puree was my fave - absolutely delicious;
- Patatas bravas - order if you need your carbo fix;
- Arroz con Negro, with tender morsels of squid, was a much better option and which I found absolutely addictive;
- White asparagus - avoid;
- Tortilla was a gigantic wedge, enough to functionas a door-stop in St Paul's. Nice texture.
- Baby eels, also served bubbling in hot olive oil & golden-crisp garlic chips, plus baby potatoes. I'd come back here for this little ggem.
Loved the tapas overall. Desserts were pretty pedantic (maybe should have ordered the arroz con leche):
- Crepes with ice-cream
- Creme brulee
El Pirata Of Mayfair
5 Down St, London, Greater London W1J 7, GB