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Apr 8, 2009 07:40 AM

Spanish Tapas in London

Would like a moderatly priced Spanish tapas with great wine list. Prefer near St James area but will travel within reasonable distance. Thanks

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  1. Barrafina in Soho - not too far from St James. You can't book (you sit at the bar like a true tapas place) and may have to queue at peak time. Their jamon is the best I have had in London and they have some really good seafood - all cooked in front of you as you order.
    Alternatively try their other restaurant Fino, more formal but not really moderately priced.

    I also like Salt Yard on Goodge St, it's more moderately priced than the others but still great food. They also have a sister restaurant off Carnaby St but I havent yet tried this.

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    1. re: pj26

      easily the best quality + value is at el pirata de tapas in westbourne grove (NOT mayfair).

      1. re: pj26

        Address links:

        54 Frith St, London, Greater London W1D 3, GB

        Salt Yard
        54 Goodge St, Camden Town, Greater London W1T 4, GB

        El Pirata Detapas
        115 Westbourne Grove, Paddington, Greater London W2 4, GB

        1. re: pj26

          I'll second Barrafina. The Mayfair El Pirata is pretty good, too, though it's a bit more Anglicised. Fino is outstanding but pricy.

          A bit far from St James, but Brindisa at Borough Market is inexpensive and excellent.

          Fino Restaurant
          33 Charlotte Gardens, Romford, Greater London RM5 2, GB

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

          1. re: Peripatetic

            Brindisa link:

            Tapas Brindisa
            Southwark St, Camberwell, Greater London SE1 1, GB

            1. re: Peripatetic

              I've only been to Barrfina and found it very good. I went there at 12 pm on a Saturday, just about the time it opened and didn't have to wait at all, if it helps.

          2. Ive always enjoyed my meals at Jamon Jamon in Camden, its in the Time Out cheap eats book.

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            1. re: Plantie

              Another interesting address to check out. Thanks!

              Jamon Jamon
              38 Parkway, Camden Town, Greater London NW1 7, GB