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London - El Pirata Tapas Bar, Mayfair

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London - El Pirata Tapas Bar, Mayfair

klyeoh | Jan 13, 2012 10:37 PM

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

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El Pirata Of Mayfair
5 Down St, London, Greater London W1J 7, GB

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