If you’re after a bit of Spanish sunshine, Goya will certainly provide it. A colourful paint scheme of oranges and yellows, coupled with a warm welcome from staff, produce an immediately positive experience and no doubt contribute to the restaurant’s popularity. The food is pretty good too: flavoursome and hearty in the manner of solid rustic cooking rather than sophisticated fare. We ordered a selection of tapas, but the dishes arrived in surprisingly generous portions. Five proved a little ambitious for two people, but every dish – including meatballs in rich tomato sauce, and tender chicken pieces atop saffron rice – was flavoursome and satisfying. Calamares, the true test of a Spanish kitchen, were crisp and well-seasoned with garlicky aïoli. Goya’s tapas offer good value, whereas its main courses seem a little pricey. Furthermore, the carte comprises a few interlopers like chicken stroganoff and apple strudel, which we can only imagine are there to keep large groups happy. Such parties can easily be accommodated in the restaurant basement, which is furnished in a more traditional Spanish style and has plenty of space for a meal with colleagues or friends.
34 Lupus Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.30pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Pimlico tube|
|Price:||Main courses £10.90-£16.95. Tapas £1.80-£6.85.|