A Frith St Favourite
Enter Barrafina and all things Spanish in Soho. 1st in the Barrafina clan, this one is fresh, bright and decorated with that royal blue and white which makes even the dreariest of days a distant memory. This is another one for timing your visit carefully or be willing to wait your turn as it's no reservations and seats are like hotcakes here on Frith Street.
We caught the end of a lunchtime service and ordered at lightning speed, miraculous given that we would have devoured everything on the menu given the chance. A firm favourite of many a trusted source, I'd been eagerly awaiting my trip to Barrafina.
To start we ordered crispy curls of squid and creamy croquetas. With a healthy squeeze of lemon we soon polished off the lot, a delicious reminder of our now distant holidays. (Hello November, now I'm ready for you)!
The ice counter was piled with the catch of the day, awaiting its fate in the pan. With it in view, our waiter pointed out the pieces of fish that would be making it onto our plates at any moment and we sat, eager as beavers.
First up was the show-stopping dish of the day, rich squid ink risotto with tender grilled cuttlefish. This dish has reached the Little Brown Book hall of fame for its perfect balance and true tasty stations.
Mouth watering pluma Iberica with confit potatoes and sweet heritage tomato salad continued our Spanish journey. With an open top counter we could watch the chefs at work and sit in the centre of the action, just where I like it!
Regardless of stomach space, dessert was a must. The chocolate tart was perhaps a little too rich and heavy on the chocolate front for one, but an excellent two spoons job. With lunch polished off, we made our way back outside, tipped our caps to Chotto Matte (another firm favourite) and sauntered off home still dreaming of cuttle fish.
54 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SL
Mon - Sat
Lunch | 12 Noon - 3pm
Dinner | 5pm - 11pm
Lunch | 1pm - 3:30pm
Dinner | 5:30pm - 10pm