la Movida, Battersea (Spanish)
I'm a big fan of Spanish food, which is remarkably like British food in some ways (well, they have black pudding for one thing. And chips). So I visited La Movida in nearby Battersea, which is attracting favourable reviews on londoneating. I hardly ever go anywhere I haven't been before these days, so this was an event.
It's a fairly traditional style restaurant, and even on a Friday evening very quiet. However the food - starters and tapas - was good, very good in fact - if you go order at least two portions of the spicy broccolli, which even my broccolli-hating son loved. And an excellent fiery chorizo. The desert menu was of the "Hawaiian Surprise" variety, but with a few home cooked specials (I had a very nice crepe). Can't remember what the bill was except that it was very reasonable. Unfortunately La Movida isn't near any major transport hub (Clapham Junction is nearest, about 15-20 minutes walk away, and frequent buses). It deserves a wider clientele, however.
Oh, and on the Iberian front, I've also been to Silva's, a Portuguese restaurant in Hampstead, a few times. Very traditional Portuguese food - you don't really need a menu - but good; the starched napery is attractive, and the service more or less perfect. And the Zimbro 2005 Red is an absolute corker. Pop in after an invigorating walk on the Heath.
You're right, Silva's does deserve a separate post. I had meant to do that ages ago, but was too lazy. I had passed it once or twice previously and more or less ignored it - the sort of above average cost restaurant you typically see in areas like NW3. It isn't radical stuff at all, very old-school Portuguese, but none the worse for that. My wife was very pleased, and my dad delighted. It has a comfortable ambience, and is a good place to unwind.
You must try La Movida though (I would avoid the deep fried mozzarrella sandwich though; it must have a million calories).