Time Out says
A south European small plates restaurant just off Carnaby Street.
Part of the much loved Salt Yard micro-chain, Dehesa has been knocking out acclaimed, contemporary Spanish/Italian small plates for a whole decade. But rather like its big bro in Fitzrovia, it seems to be having a bit of a wobble.
First, the good news. Every dish was, aesthetically, a miniature work of art, and service was affable and efficient (especially commendable given a rammed Friday night). A plate of chargrilled chorizo was ace, the sausage piquant anyway but even zingier strewn with marinated anchovies and salsa verde. A heap of flat iron steak was tender, ferrous and primally meaty, well paired with more salsa and the clean, peppery high notes of sliced radish. Grilled runner beans flecked with toasted almond and shaved manchego were good, but absolutely did not need the over-wobby soft-poached ‘hen’s egg’ (aka egg) perched on top.
Everything else was rather one-note, and largely oversalted. I’ll put that first point down to a pervasive reliance on purées and other homogenous smears of root veg: beetroot with an otherwise passable heap of blowtorched mackerel; beige chickpea under a slab of greasy confit trout and flavourless broccoli; and cloying sweet potato beneath some rather mealy rounds of monkfish, wrapped in speck and, thankfully, dotted with zingy datterini tomatoes. Nothing truly enraging, then, but frustrating nonetheless: potentially super chow marked down by easily remedied issues. London’s food landscape is so fertile, and improving at such a relentless pelt, that it’s inevitable the old guard might struggle to keep up. It’s quite conceivable, though, that Dehesa could be back up to speed in no time.
25 Ganton Street
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Users say (9)
Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
A fantastic place to enjoy interesting and delicious tapas. This is not 'classic tapas' in fact much more interesting and inspired by the flavours of Spain and Italy. The ingredients and produce they use are fantastic so you do pay a little bit more than places such as PIX but the quality shows and it is really worth it.
We shared 6 tapas between the two and they were all absolutely fantastic. The prawns with squid ink fregola (a pasta grain I learnt!) was so delicious, and also the hake and sea trout dishes we had too. They arent massive portions, but this is tapas - and all were perfectly sized and so full of flavour.
For meats we had venison and lamb belly, both very warming on a cold night and packed again with lots of different flavours. We also had the Patatas Fritas - which I read in a review below a complaint about - these are NOT patatas bravas which i think the other visitor thought they might be. They are patatas fritas as clearly stated on the menu and they are delicious. We ordered more.
For dessert we shared a fantastic chocolate delice, super naughty but one of the best puddings i have had in a while. We had great wine, fantastic service and the atmosphere is electric. Yes you are close together with other diniers but this is tapas bar style and makes for a great buzz. A must visit!
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Overrated. Deafeningly noisy and overcrowded. They forgot our order. Food was hit and miss: lamb was great but the prawn dish and chicken were unpleasant.
We happened upon this restaurant and were completely surprised by just how stunning the food was...we had no expectations but after reading the menu, I suspected that it was going to be something more than your basic tapas. We had the sardines, the pork belly & the chorizo amongst others and each one was fabulous. Service was spot on, relaxed & friendly, would recommend anyone to go there. £50 for 2, plenty of food and a few drinks included in that. Impressed!
Hugely impressed by this lovely little restaurant. The food is stunning, and very reasonably priced. Staff are welcoming and friendly. Six tapas dishes were perfect between the two of us, and they were all delicious. I would recommend booking as it is a small restaurant, with limited tables. Will definitely be visiting again.
Delicious!! Interesting little dishes e.g. pheasant with hazelnut risotto & balsamic reduction or goats cheese-stuffed courgette flowers in tempura, drizzled with honey. Yum. Expensive wine and rather paultry cheeseboard (no crackers!), and a bizarrely runny tortilla (supposed to be like that according to the waiter) give it 4 stars rather than 5. Well worth a punt. £35 each including one glass of wine.
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