I'd already been out for a restaurant meal at lunchtime (Positano, Guildford just reviewed) so we opted for the Tapas here. No space left in few spaces outside, but we found a car space close by. There is a free car park a little down the road as well apparently,
Huge selection of tapas. Wish they had numbers on them as by the time you have decided on your selection, you have forgotten where it is when you come to order.
We didn't find the tall waiter rude, like some people have done recently. I abhor rudeness and would not tolerate it from anyone. I did find his insistence that I order my glass of wine before I could order my food a little strange, however, it was done with a smile, not a sneer so that was ok by me.
We thought the option of 5 Tapas for £25 was good value and the portion sizes were generous. I can't comment on authenticity as we have never eaten tapas in Spain, only 'regular' meals. We enjoyed most of the dishes but I felt the padron peppers were a bit salty and could have been crisper, so left most of those. My glass of Montepuciano was excellent as was the sparkling water we both enjoyed.
Desserts were decidedly Italian and all homemade. I favoured a Tiramisu but the portion was so large I could not finish it. Peter's choice of strawberry cheesecake was also good. Coffees came with the offer of either a free Limoncello or amaretto and also wrapped mints. This meal was excellent value for money. Ruben which is what he told us his Portuguese name translated into English was very chatty over serving our dessert and coffee. the atmosphere was relaxed and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
For those from London more interested in the décor than the food, or that is so some of the criticism has seemed, we found it tasteful, well lit but not dazzling and in no way resembling the Indian restaurant it had been before the fire.The tables have proper cloths as are the napkins and just in case you Londeners are wondering they also use real plates, not disposable ones.
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