What we’ve been up to… El Pirata

In all the years I’ve gone out for tapas, I don’t think I’ve ever been blown away by such a beautiful array of dishes I recently worked my way through during a visit to El Pirata.

Located on the edge of Mayfair, this tiny spanish restaurant has been serving authentic tapas for over 20 years – and being in the game for two decades is clearly a testament to their reputation.

The menu boasts of lamb cutlets, chicken and chorizo, deep fried squid, Iberian ham, wild asparagus, lemon and garlic anchovies, you name it – and everything we tried tasted like the chef wanted you to experience Sunday dinner in his beachfront villa – and that TLC was also apparent in the stylish presentation of the food and warm customer service.

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Mind you, If I had to pick one dish deserving of all the plaudits, it’d be the “langostinos al chef” – four grilled prawns served in a rich and tasty tomato and white wine sauce that deserved to be mopped up with copious amounts of bread afterwards.

I was also a big fan of the “calamares con arroz negro” – squid in black rice. As my friend warned, it’s not a dish for date night (our lips were tinted black), but the delicious flavours made it absolutely worth it.

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Save the plane ticket to Spain and hit up El Pirata if you fancy genuine tapas that wins on all fronts.  For more information visit hwww.elpirata.co.uk  – and check out more pics from our recent visit below!

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