Restaurants, Spanish Soho
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From the people behind Barrica, an authentic taste of modern Spain in the heart of Soho - and a sherry-lover's paradise.

For an authentic taste of modern Spain, you can’t go far wrong with Copita. Like sister restaurant Barrica, this is a place where you get properly tapa-sized dishes so you can really get stuck into the menu. Avoiding the standards of patatas bravas and ensalada rusa, Copita ventures admirably off the well-trodden tapas path. Sherry-braised pig cheeks were meltingly sweet in a rich gravy; feather-light empanadillas de carne were far removed from the traditional heavy and often cloying pastries; a sweet and smoky aubergine stew with tahini and mint showed how well the tapas concept translates across cuisines.

Desserts were equally enticing: apricot crumble with delicate rosemary ice-cream, and lightly scented rosewater ice-cream with stewed strawberries were both triumphs. Puddings are also diminutive, so you don’t feel like you need to be winched out post-meal. As the restaurant’s name suggests, you’re encouraged to have several little glasses (copitas) with each tapa from a well-informed list of Spanish wines and sherries.

With its central location, long shared tables and bar stools, Copita is popular with a post-work crowd and can get fairly cacophonous. Yet service is fast and friendly, even when busy, making this a valuable find in the heart of Soho.



Venue name: Copita
Address: 26 D'Arblay Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat. Tapas served noon-4pm, 5.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 1-10.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Price: Tapas £2.95-£6.95. Meal for two with wine and service: around £60
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