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Barrica

Fitzrovia

Barcelona meets Fitzrovia in this happening tapas bar. Jamóns hang above the central marble bar, the yellow-ochre walls hint at days of nicotine-indulgence gone by and, as the evening progresses, the decibel level rises along with the animated chatter. Grab a stool at the bar or a seat at one of the wooden tables (booking recommended) and let the friendly, mainly Spanish staff guide you through the menu.

Cold cheese and ham platters, plus basic tapas (tortillas, croquetas and the like) are available all day, but at lunch and dinner the charcoal grill is fired up for daily and seasonal specials – such as fideua, a Valencian take on paella made with thin vermicelli-like noodles, on our visit cooked with scallops and punchy piquillo peppers.

Flavours are generally well judged. We couldn’t fault melt-in-the-mouth veal cheeks slow-cooked in PX sherry, or a dish of sliced carrots cooked to sweet and sour perfection with blood orange and raisin, although our jamón croquetas were a bit pappy in texture.

As at sister restaurant Copita, in Soho, the drinks list is a mustn’t-miss, with a range of sherries sold by the glass, from bone-dry to ultra-sweet, and an all-Spanish wine list that begs to be explored.

Vinos, finos and manzanillas are the order of the day. Boss Tim Luther previously worked in the wine trade, and is clearly an oenophile who knows his onions.

More than a dozen types of sherry are (for the most part) available by the 100ml or 375ml measure; a standard Tio Pepe is an eminently affordable £3.50. All types are clearly and intelligently described, with suggestions of food to complement them – yes, there is a full selection of tapas and, yes, they are indeed authentic. White wines are categorised by grape – albarino, godello – and reds by flavour. Serious and far wealthier Hispanophiles can pick out a UK rarity, such as a Llicorella pedro ximénez (£37) from Catalonia.

 

Venue name: Barrica
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Address: 62 Goodge Street
London
W1T 4NE
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road
Price: Tapas £2-£8

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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Anthony J

Genuinely one of the happiest finds in recent times for me. The food is truly excellent, the choice if wine substantial and plenty of help on tap from the fun and enthusiastic staff. Smoked Duck Breast on Red Currant Buttered Toast & Grilled Line Caught Wild Bass with a Broad Bean, Lemon & Fino Salad were insanely good.


Just go, you will not be disappointed.

Hayley

Stepping into Berrica feels as as though you have wondered cross boards into a small restaurant in Madrid, cured meat hanging from the ceiling, checkered floors, and the atmosphere is truly authentic and provides a great active and lively experience. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful in recommending dishes and wine. The food is exceptional, and changes frequently with a few amazing staples. The wine selection was also very impressive and very resonably priced. A large spread of tapas for two with wine will run you about 70. Definitely worth it.

Mark

Enjoyable meal. Food delicious, especially the veal cheeks and Pyrennean lamb. Service good but slightly inattentive. Ambience, good at times I would imagine but spoilt on my visit by noisy birthday party. Could also be with a little bit more elbow room.

Ahmed

Good food, poor service. Very decent selection of daily tapas and a few standards. We were informed before hand that the table seating period was for 2 hours. However there is an unpleasant paradox in encouraging diners to have more wine and food only to bluntly tell them with tapas still on the table that the seating period was over and you would now need to leave. Given price its a bit much, but then again it seems that the way of the world today. Whilst the interior is simple and elegant, a number of attendees were more interested in coming in for a drink than the food which means that unless you are seated at the back at proper tables the din of noise and crowd pushing onto you as you eat to the side is rather unpleasant. Again the food is quite good, if unexceptional for the prices demanded and those seeking a more pleasant atmosphere are better served to attend the Salt Yard next door (though the service is also fairly if not very poor).

DHall

Brilliant - Barrica was the second restaurant my friend and I visited on a four restaurant tapas tour of London and it was definitely the best. The menu was both imaginative, with spectacular combinations such as the divine scallops with marrow and girolles, and classic, the huge prawns with garlic and chilli were the best I've tasted outside Spain. Fantastic range of wine by the glass and all very reasonable priced as well.

Mr P

Food was great, as was the service and prices were good value but the atmosphere was a soulless and tables were wedged too close together. Food 4, Ambience 2, Service 4