Copita del Mercado

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Copita de Mercado (© Luana Failla)

A more polished, more ambitious version of Soho tapas success Copita.

Please note, Copita del Mercado is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, Sep 2016.

Tapas is great for groups – you order loads, descend on every plate en masse, then order more. So imagine my disappointment at being stood up at this larger, shinier version of Soho’s teeny-tiny Copita. It sits incongruously on a rag-trade thoroughfare that’s home to Petticoat Lane Market – lively when its textile shops are in full swing, but dauntingly deserted at night.

Happily, Copita del Mercado was great for solo dining: sit at a communal table, order small plates and a ‘copita’ (literally, ‘little glass’), and watch the dining room. A warmly lit space decked out in brass, tiles and dark wood, it retains some of the original’s cosiness despite its size. There are non-communal tables, too, plus stools overlooking the kitchen.

Executive chef Ignacio Pinilla could easily have just repackaged Copita’s popular menu. Instead, his slightly larger dishes and showpiece specials (hello, white truffle en papillotte) breaks new ground while continuing the theme of flavoursome, cliché-dodging Spanish comfort food. No must-order dish rivalled Copita’s ajo blanco, based on the chilled Andalucian garlic-and-almond soup. But I didn’t miss having one stand-out dish, because everything was good.

Flame-roasted aubergine was delicious with a lightly spiced tomato salsa and chopped boiled egg – a chunky take on gazpacho. Hake atop that earthy ajo blanco was set off with juicy cooked grapes. Moorish-style pistachio-crusted lamb neck with apricot jam was tender but almost sweet enough to be a dessert. Chestnut mousse (more of a gelato) was deliciously smooth.

It’s early days, but Copita del Mercado has lots to offer – not least a reservations system and a dedicated G&T menu featuring more than a dozen gins, all served Spanish-style – and Spanish-strength – in fishbowl-sized wine glasses. They’re a fun way to kick off the meal, but they do bulk out the bill.

Don’t neglect the ravishing all-Spanish wine list, organised by style, with lesser-known grape varieties highlighted. There’s plenty by the glass, should you require a ‘table for one’.

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Copita del Mercado says
The new and exciting London tapas restaurant, opened on the back of Copita's success in Soho. Directors Tim Luther and David Garcia aimed to turn their hand at creating a chic yet relaxed space to attract both the neighbouring City and residents of the East End in search the best Spain has to offer.
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By: Nicola Arencibia

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Venue name: Copita del Mercado
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Address: 60 Wentworth Street
London
E1 7AL
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Sun; dinner served 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East, Liverpool Street, Aldgate
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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I go here for the gin and tonics rather than the food as the g&ts are soooooooo good. The food is great also but better if you are into meat and fish. As a vegetarian, I'm happy to just focus on the liquid offerings!

tastemaker

I came here for the first time on a work lunch. The tapas was like no other tapas I'd had before. We ordered a mix of all the specials which included pigs head on toast, aubergine with a hazelnut sauce and raw seabass among the few. Everything was delicious and made for an interesting tasting experience. The staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The food from the menu is reasonably priced for what you get, with the specials being slightly more expensive. The plates are not huge so you can end up spending quite a bit of money if you want the variety. I was lucky enough to not have to pay because it was paid by my company in an attempt to impress some of our customers (I think it worked!). I have been back since the epic lunch, for a couple of beers after work and they provided complimentary tapas with every beer we ordered! So even if you're not looking to spend a lot of money and fancy a small tasty plate of tapas with your beer then I'd definitely recommend Copita del Mercado. My two friends and I received bruschetta with our first beer and then fish filled croquettes with our second. I will definitely be back again :)

Tastemaker

A friend and I had dinner here last night and I have nothing but praise. The veg options are OUT of this world. WE shared a special, the truffled spinach and celeriac. The truffle flavour explodes in your mouth and the creamy texture was perfect. A must-have. I next got the sweet potato, peanuts, salsa brava and aioli. Again, rich, smoky flavours made it a mouth explosion. And a good size for a tapa as well. Finally, I got the aubergine, hazelnut, tomato honey and coriander tapa. The presentation looked a bit off to me: the aubergine appeared slimy but the honey worked so well with the veg I stopped caring after the first bite. The malvasia wine I ordered complemented the dishes. I would definitely return here!

Tastemaker

I've been here before for one of their huge G&Ts and made a mental note to come back to try the food. As soon as u walk in, the smell of fresh seafood on the grill hits you in the face. This is a great place for catching up with friends as the tables are not too close to others so u can have a proper conversation. U can also eat at the bar in front of the chefs or drink (and snack) at the cocktail bar area where there are stools. We were here for dinner and my meat eating friends loved their food and 50ml G&Ts (50ml gin topped with tonic of your choice of 3)! I had two vegetarian options (good) and three different G&Ts... We all had dessert which were our only areas where we thought were only ok. The churros was crunchy and tasty but the chocolate dipping was like hot cocoa when we think it would be better if it was thicker like melted chocolate with added cream. The rice pudding with berries we would have preferred served warm. The peanut ice cream would have been better served more solid (it had the consistency of a just about to melt soft serve). Other than that, friendly and relaxed service, more importantly slightly off the beaten track so no queues or waiting around (and can be booked ahead which is what we did as it was Fri night)! Will be back!


On every visit I have received a very friendly welcome. The food is amazing and good value, the menu varies and the gin and tonics are a must to try! Search this place out and you will not be disappointed.


Booking a table for myself and 12 discerning Round The World Dinner Clubbers was a slightly daunting prospect but my choice of Copita del Mercado could not have been better. Stylish, unpretentious decor? Tick. Attentive, warm, unfussy service? Tick.

Goblets of delicious gins? Tick

Best tapas I've ever eaten? Tick.

Unsolicited comments from the rest of the gang included, "This is the first time I've ever enjoyed tapas!" and "Wow aubergine with hazelnuts is amazing!" and "I didn't know tapas could be this good." Our visit didn't break the bank (none of us are on city salaries) and it seems I've set the bar high for our next club member's selection of venue.


No, not traditional tapas, but evolved and delicious. Wandered in tonight and was delighted by the surprise. Still thinking about my perfect G&T at the bar followed by lamb-stuffed peppers, incredible lentils and perfect croquettas (amongst several others tasty offerings) shared with long-lost friends.


Who needs to go to Spain when you can have tapas this good on your doorstep? (OK they might have warmer climates and better looking people..). This is not just your average tapas bar. Not a patatas bravas insight. We didn’t come across a bad dish. Meat was succulent and even hare stew was featured (not often you come across Bug Bunny’s ugly cousin). High chair and lots of space for buggies.


Hi,

Went to the restaurant on Friday.  It's in a great location and it's a lovely venue.


I was expecting tapas and this wasn't tapas.  It was larger plates to share and not (IMHO) traditional tapas.  Additionally, the items on the menu were complicated and fussy, trying to add too many flavours to the same dish.  I would prefer it to be much simpler.


The food was well presented and some of it was nice to eat.  They also have a great selection of GIN which is good.


The two of us ate for £100 which I thought was expensive, but we had wine and two cocktails, but still it's quite deer, compared to other offerings.


Would I go again?  no, there are too many other restaurants like this which are the same/better

Would I recommend?  no


I'm glad i went to see why Timeout recommended it as restaurant of the week....and I'm not sure.


Thanks


Matt

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