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Olé

Putney

Quiet on our weekday visit, this local tapas joint has an attractive light-filled mezzanine, an extensive menu and welcoming service. The ground floor contains counter seating and a few small round tables where you can knock back tipples accompanied by tapas.

Upstairs you can do the same, or opt for more substantial Spanish main courses such as grilled meats and fish, or paella served in large cast-iron pans.

We loved the small, perky padrón peppers; the meaty chorizo cooked in white wine; and the melt-in-the-mouth serrano ham. Pulpo a la gallega consisted of tender, meaty octopus and firm slices of potatoes.

Our croquetas promised chicken and serrano ham nestled in the creamy filling, but these were indiscernible. Seafood paella was fantastic value, with a generous amount of robust prawns, mussels, fish and clams enrobed in the saffron-rich rice.

Service was unobtrusive yet highly efficient, with empty tapas plates whisked away from the table to leave us more room. The wine list is exclusively Spanish, but with only one fino and one manzanilla available, the sherry selection could be improved.

Venue name: Olé
Contact:
Address: 240 Upper Richmond Road
London
SW15 6TG
Opening hours: Bar & restaurant Open/meals served noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: East Putney tube/Putney rail
Price: Restaurant Main courses £11.95-£15.50. Set lunch (noon-6pm) £9.95 2 courses. Set menu (Sun) paella. Both Tapas £3-£6.50
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